Written and directed by Rick Skye, the production plays the Manhattan venue May 10 and 17 at 8 and 10 PM. Michael Ferreri is musical director. War of the Mama Roses, according to press notes, is described as such: "All of the greats from Liza and Barbra to Peggy Lee and Carol Channing are coming to audition for the role of Mama Rose in Gypsy. This rollicking valentine to all things show biz has these legendary ladies being put through their paces and displaying their singular talents in an attempt to grab the spotlight - and the mother of all musical comedy roles!"
The cast features Steven Brinberg ("Simply Barbra"), Rick Skye ("A Slice O' Minnelli"), Chuck Sweeney ("Miss Peggy Lee"), Marion Steiner ("Ethel Merman") and Maggie Graham ("Carol Channeling") with Scott Nevins as The Director, who will "stop at nothing to get a performance from his leading ladies." Surprise guest artists will also be part of the four performances.
The Reprise Room at Dillons is located in Manhattan at 245 West 54th Street. Tickets, priced $50, are available by calling (212) 352-3101. Use the code "Diva" and purchase tickets for $35 by visiting www.theatermania.com/content/show.cfm/show/143104.
Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone currently plays Rose in the Broadway revival of Gypsy at the St. James Theatre. Other Broadway Roses include Tony winners Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Linda Lavin and Bernadette Peters.