As previously reported, Feldshuh, a Tony nominee for Golda's Balcony (2004), Lend Me a Tenor (1989), Saravà (1979) and Yentl (1976), will take on the role of Rose in the iconic hit that has a book by the late Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Artistic director Keith Baker will stage Gypsy, which will run Dec. 6-Jan. 15, 2012. The production will officially open Dec. 8.
Newman ("Guiding Light," Curtains) will portray Herbie, with Rose (Wicked, Oklahoma) as Louise. The cast also includes Brittney Lee Hamilton (Hurricane) as June, Joe Grandy (Goodspeed's 42nd Street, My One and Only) as Tulsa, Barrymore Award winner Bethe B. Austin (Sly Fox) as Tessie Tura, Kathryn Kendall (Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Mack and Mabel) as Mazeppa and Demetria Joyce Bailey (Ethel Waters) as Electra.
Completing the cast of Gypsy are Gaby Bradbury, Claire O’Neill, Rachel Beiswenger, Breanna Pursell, Erika Strasburg and Paul Weagraff.
The creative team includes set designer Nels Anderson, costume designer Tracy Christensen and lighting designer Ryan O’Gara. Eric Barnes will serve as musical director. Cast member Kendall is choreographer. For tickets phone (215) 785-0100 or visit BRTStage.org. The Bristol Riverside Theatre is located at 120 Radcliffe Street in Bristol, PA.
Since 1986, BRT has brought professional theatre to Bucks County and maintained a long-term commitment to finding and developing new plays. The theatre is the recipient of over 60 Barrymore Award nominations for Excellence in Theatre, given annually by the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. In addition to its mainstage productions, the theatre serves as a cultural hub for the community, with such programs as children's theatre, community concerts and exhibitions of local visual arts.
BRT is under the direction of artistic director Keith Baker, founding director Susan D. Atkinson and managing director Amy Kaissar.