The show-biz musical suggested by the memoirs of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee headlines Patti LuPone as Mama Rose, a role she performed in the critically-acclaimed City Center limited engagement in summer 2007. That same production has now transferred — with some changes, and with most of the cast intact — to West 44th Street for an open-ended run.
Original librettist Arthur Laurents directs a cast that includes Boyd Gaines as the beleaguered Herbie and two-time Tony nominee Laura Benanti as shy Louise — who would ultimately come to be known as the world-famous stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.
Also featured in the cast are Leigh Ann Larkin as Dainty June, Tony Yazbeck as Tulsa, Marilyn Caskey as Electra, Alison Fraser as Tessie, and Lenora Nemetz as Mazeppa with Bill Bateman as Mr. Goldstone, Jim Bracchitta as Uncle Jocko, Sami Gayle as Baby June, Bill Raymond as Pop, Brian Reddy as Weber and Emma Rowley as Baby Louise.
Beginning March 31, Gypsy's new show times will be Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM. (There will be no performance Friday, March 28; a matinee has been added on Sunday, March 30).
The St. James Theatre is located in Manhattan at 246 West 44th Street. Tickets, priced $42-$117, are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com.
Here are some more shots from the critically-hailed production:
Top photo by Paul Kolnik; All other photos by Joan Marcus