Gypsy, With Tovah Feldshuh, Opens at Bristol Riverside Theatre Dec. 8

By Adam Hetrick
December 8, 2011

Curtain up on four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh, who stars as iconic stage mother Rose in the Broadway classic Gypsy, which officially opens Dec. 8 at the Bristol Riverside Theatre.



Artistic director Keith Baker directs Gypsy, which began previews Dec. 6 for a run through Jan. 15, 2012. The musical has a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

A Tony nominee for Golda's Balcony (2004), Lend Me a Tenor (1989), Saravà (1979) and Yentl (1976), Feldshuh is joined by Emmy Award nominee Robert Newman ("Guiding Light," Curtains) as Herbie and Amanda 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, Paul Weagraff, Jason Stump and Carl Nathaniel Smith.

The creative team includes set designer Nels Anderson, costume coordinator Susan Bee Stockton and lighting designer Ryan O’Gara. Ms. Feldshuh's costumes are designed  by Tracy Christensen. Eric Barnes serves 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.

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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.