Rachel Izen to Replace Injured Kathryn Evans in Cardiff Gypsy

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West End actress Rachel Izen will replace the originally announced Kathryn Evans as Mama Rose in the upcoming concert version of Gypsy at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

Evans, according to a press statement, was forced to withdraw from the production — part of the 2006 Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre — "after being involved in car accident in which she has broken her collarbone."

Rachel Izen has been seen in the West End productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lautrec, Annie and Beauty and the Beast. Her television credits include "Casualty," "Holby City," "The Bill," "Smith and Jones" and "The Beggars Opera." Izen was also seen in the films "Evita" and "Endgame."

This year's Festival, which is celebrating the centenary of the late Jule Styne, will present Styne's Gypsy Oct. 29 at 7:30 PM at the Wales Millennium Center. Directed by Lisa Kent, the one-night-only event will feature a full orchestra under the baton of Stewart Mackintosh. Gypsy is a co-production of the Festival and the Millennium Center.

The cast also includes Helena Blackman as Gypsy Rose Lee, Julia McKenzie as Mazeppa, Nick Hayes as Tulsa and Lara Pulver as Dainty June as well as John Conroy and Brian Kenedey, who will both play various male roles.

Gypsy features a score by Jule Styne (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) and a book by Arthur Laurents. The musical — with Ethel Merman as Rose — 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. Subsequent revivals have featured Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly and Bernadette Peters as Rose. A 1962 film featured Rosalind Russell as Rose with Natalie Wood as Gypsy Rose Lee; a 1993 TV version cast Bette Midler in the lead role. Tickets, priced £10-£90, are available by calling 08701 283 560. Visit www.cardiffmusicals.com for more information.

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