The original Broadway production of Gypsy, starring Ethel Merman as the indomitable stage mother Rose, opened May 21, 1959, at the Broadway Theatre. Arthur Laurents based his book on the memoirs of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, with a score by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Jerome Robbins staged the 702-performance run. The Broadway revivals have starred Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Linda Lavin, Bernadette Peters, and Patti LuPone in the iconic role of Rose.
Flip through photos of the production below:
Look Back at the Original Production of Gypsy Starring Ethel Merman