Gypsy, a Broadway Musical Classic at The Footlight Club
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Playwright Victoria Stewart was inspired by two very different figures -- CNBC personality Suze Orman and Victorian novelist Henry James -- when writing her latest, most probing play, Rich Girl. For, despite their differences, both Orman and James (as well as most Americans) share a near hypnotic fascination with money and Rich Girl explores that fascination with startling sensitivity and imagination. When the sheltered Claudine meets the penniless Henry, the two fall helplessly in love. But for Claudine's mother, a tough-talking celebrity finance guru, this happiest of happy coincidence is a cause for suspicion and worry. Inspired by the classic play and film The Heiress, this clever new comedy examines women and their relationships with men, mothers and moolah -- if not in exactly that order. Courtney O'Connor directs the show at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Learn More
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<p>Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest musicals in history, Gypsy is based off of the memoirs of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee and features music by Jules Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents.
Featuring unforgettable melodies and a rags-to-riches story, the musical has been an audience favorite for over 50 years and considered a high-water mark of the art form from the golden age of musicals.
Set in the dying days of vaudeville, Gypsy follows "Mama" Rose, a relentless stage mother, as she pushes her young daughters Louise and June into life on the itinerant vaudeville circuit, forever trying to break into the big time.
The musical follows the ups and downs of the family¹s struggle and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life as well as the bittersweet results for all involved when stardom finally arrives transforming the gawky Louise into the larger then life Gypsy Rose Lee.
With plenty of seduction and razzle-dazzle, Gypsy's score includes songs such as "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "You Gotta Get a Gimmick," "Let Me Entertain You," and "Small World." Originally presented on Broadway in 1959 where it was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, the show has enjoyed numerous revivals and several filmed versions including the most recent Tony nominated New York revival which featured Patti LuPone as Mama Rose, a role which has attracted a long line of luminaries such as Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly and Bernadette Peters.</p>
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