The classic musical, which boasts music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents, will begin previews on March 24, 2003, and open a month later, April 24, 2003, making the show eligible for 2003 Tony Award nominations.
Originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, the 2003 revival will feature direction by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes and choreography by Jerry Mitchell. Mendes nabbed an Oscar for his direction of the film "American Beauty" and also helmed this summer's "The Road to Perdition." Broadway audiences know his work from the Tony-winning revival of Cabaret, now playing Studio 54. Mitchell, who received a Tony nomination for his choreography of The Full Monty, also choreographed what may be this season's biggest hit, Hairspray.
Produced by the London-based Robert Fox, Gypsy will play Monday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2 PM.
Actress-singer Bernadette Peters won Tony Awards for her performances in Song & Dance and Annie Get Your Gun. She has also starred on Broadway in Mack & Mabel, On the Town, Sunday in the Park with George, The Goodbye Girl and the original production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. Peters was recently inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame where she sang selections from her newest CD, "Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers & Hammerstein." Her numerous screen credits include an Emmy-nominated turn on "Ally McBeal," a Golden Globe-winning performance in "Pennies from Heaven" and roles in "The Jerk," "Silent Movie," "Bobbie's Girl," "Pink Cadillac" and "The Last Mile." She will also be seen in the upcoming Michael Douglas film "A Few Good Years." In related news: A behind-the-scenes battle may be brewing among those involved with this production of Gypsy. The New York Post reports that the creative team — Styne's estate, Sondheim and Laurents — insist that producer Fox team up with a New York-based producer in order to oversee the day-to-day needs of the show. Mr. Fox could not be reached for comment, although a spokesman for the show said that American producer Ron Kastner will be on board.