Sondheim told the Times that he felt Staunton's comedic skills were especially appropriate for the overbearing Rose. Staunton, who won an Olivier Award for playing The Baker's Wife in the London premiere of Into the Woods, said that Rose, compared to Mrs. Lovett, is a "whole different ballgame, a daunting role, a very American character."
No timetable has been announced for a London production.
Gypsy features a score by Jule Styne (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) and a book by Laurents. The musical 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. Ethel Merman created the role of Rose in the original production; subsequent Broadway Roses include Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peters and Patti LuPone (as well as Linda Lavin, who took over for Daly). Merman and Peters were Tony-nominated for their performances; Lansbury, Daly and LuPone won the award.