The highly-praised Paper Mill Playhouse production of Gypsy, starring Betty Buckley, may have a life beyond New Jersey -- but not in the U.S. Preliminary talks are currently underway to bring the musical to Toronto, said Buckley rep Matthew Sullivan.
Paper Mill is discussing the move with the Mirvishes, the powerful Canadian producing family. If all works out, Gypsy would open at the Royal Alexandra sometime in spring 1999. A call to Paper Mill Playhouse was not returned by press time.
The highly-anticipated Betty Buckley-Deborah Gibson Gypsy officially opened Sept. 20 at Paper Mill. Previews began Sept. 9 for a run through Oct. 25. The classic musical features lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, a book by Arthur Laurents and music by Jule Styne.
While certain aspects of the production were criticized, reviewers uniformly praised Buckley's Mama Rose as a benchmark performance. Joining Buckley and Gibson (as Louise) were Laura Bell Bundy, who starred in the Off-Broadway musical, Ruthless!, and Lenny Wolpe, who played the title role in the musical Mayor. Bundy plays Dainty June; Wolpe, who regularly guest stars on such TV shows as "Working," "Murphy Brown" and "Mad About You," played Herbie.
Buckley previously starred as Mama Rose in a 1992 production of Gypsy at the Southern Arizona Light Opera Company. -- By Robert Simonson