Denise Whelan Is Rose in Fulton Theatre's Gypsy Starting Sept. 11

By Andrew Gans
11 Sep 2012

Denise Whelan
Denise Whelan

Denise Whelan, who starred in the Walnut Theatre Company's production of Aspects of Love and played Norma Desmond in two regional productions of Sunset Boulevard, plays stage mother Rose in the Fulton Theatre Company's production of the classic musical Gypsy, which begins a limited run Sept. 11.

Directed by Marc Robin and choreographed by Samantha Hewes, performances at the Lancaster, PA, venue will continue through Sept. 30.

"I am so thrilled to be opening this 160th anniversary season with Gypsy," said director Robin in a previous statement, "because it's one of the greatest musicals ever written, truly meant to be shared from generation to generation. And being a show about vaudeville, I've long wanted to see it come to life again on our stage, which was the Queen of the vaudeville houses back in the day. And I couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Denise Whelan back to the Fulton in this iconic part."

The cast also features Kim Carson as Louise (and Lyndsey Nedrow as Baby Louise), Lara Hayhurst as June (and Kaitlyn Mueller as Baby June), Charis Leo as Elektra, Iris Lieberman as Tessie, Mary Martello as Mazzeppa, Randall Frizado as Jocko and Mr. Goldstone, Matt Raftery as Tulsa, Cary Ann Miller as Agnes, Michael Phillips as Angie, Bill Van Horn as Pop and Cigar and Chaz Wolcott as Yonkers. Rounding out the ensemble are Kate Cherichello, Sam Hewes, Andrew Kruep and Theresa Walker.



The creative team also includes musical director Aaron McAllister, set designer Tom Ryan, costume designer Beth Dunkelberger, lighting designer Nick Cyr, sound designer Jacob Mishler, props designer Katelin Walsko and stage manager Tim Markus.

Gypsy is loosely based on the memoirs of vaudeville and burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, with music by Jule Styne, lyrics Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents. Song titles include "Everything's Coming up Roses," "Some People," "Let Me Entertain You" and "Rose's Turn."

Single tickets and subscription packages are available through the Fulton Box Office at (717) 397-7425 or online at thefulton.org. Fulton Theatre is located at 12 N. Prince St. in Lancaster, PA.