The Muny, which is the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theatre, will present the award-winning Arthur Laurents-Jule Styne-Stephen Sondheim musical July 17-23.
Mason will be joined onstage by Meredith Patterson as Louise, Shannon M. O'Bryan as June, Ariane Rinehart as Baby Louise, Lindsay Ryan as Baby June, Kevin Worley as Tulsa, Susann Fletcher as Tessie Tura, Patti Mariano as Mazeppa, Blair Ross as Electra/Miss Cratchitt and John Sloman as Herbie.
The cast also includes Robert Earl Gleason as Uncle Jocko/Bourgeron-Cochon; Damien Brett as George/Pastey; John Contini as Pop; Max Friedman, Brendan Marks, Nick Oliveri, Neil Shastri and Jordan Ward as the Newsboys; Gary Glasgow as Weber/Mr. Goldstone; Etai BenShlomo as Yonkers; Andrew Arrington as Angie; Michael McKee as L.A.; Michael Burton as Dallas; John Freimann as Kringelein/Phil; Andrew Arrington, Etai BenShlomo, Michael Burton, Antwayn Hopper and Michael McKee as the Farmboys; Sara Dobbs, Stephanie Gibson, Leah Hofmann, Amanda McCroskery, Emily Peterson and Cortney Wolfson as the Hollywood Blondes; Sara Dobbs as Agnes; John Contini as Cigar; and Amanda McCroskery as the Maid.
Karen Mason has appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard, Jerome Robbins' Broadway and Torch Song Trilogy. Her Off-Broadway credits include And the World Goes 'Round and Carnival, and she has also been seen on the small screen in "Law & Order" and "As the World Turns." A seven-time MAC Award-winning performer, Mason has charmed audiences at Carnegie Hall, Rainbow & Stars, Davenport's and L.A.'s The Cinegrill. Her solo recordings include “The Sweetest of Nights,” "When the Sun Comes Out," "Better Days," "Not So Simply Broadway" and "Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!" Her most recent CD is titled "The Sweetest of Nights."
Gypsy features a score by Jule Styne (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) and a book by Arthur Laurents. The musical — with Ethel Merman as Rose — bowed on Broadway in May 1959 at the Broadway Theatre, playing 702 performances before closing at the Imperial Theatre, where it later transferred, on March 25, 1961. Subsequent revivals have featured Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly and Bernadette Peters as Rose. A 1962 film featured Rosalind Russell as Rose with Natalie Wood as Gypsy Rose Lee; a 1993 TV version cast Bette Midler in the lead role. Tickets for the Muny's 2006 summer season are now on sale by calling (314) 361-1900, ext. 550. For more information visit www.muny.org.