The production and Ethel Merman's now-legendary performance won high praise. "She is playing the indomitable mother of Gypsy Rose Lee," wrote Brooks Atkinson. "Her pipes resonant and her spirit syncopated, [Merman] struts and bawls her way through it triumphantly."
The musical remains a perennial Broadway favorite. A 1974 revival starred Angela Lansbury, a 1989 revival starred Tyne Daly, the 2003 revival starred Bernadette Peters, and the most recent 2008 revival starred Patti LuPone. Read a vintage Playbill from the original Gypsy in the Vault.