Paper Mill has been discussing the move with the Mirvishes, the powerful Canadian producing family. If it had worked out, Gypsy would have opened in Toronto sometime in spring 1999. However, Gypsy librettist Arthur Laurents refused to release the rights to the musical. Sullivan said he believed Laurents had plans to stage a different version of the Jule Styne-Stephen Sondheim in London. Arthur Laurents' agent, Peter Franklin, was not available for comment.
Buckley is not sitting idle, however. She is seriously considering an offer from the Vineyard Theatre to star in Nicky Silver's new play, The Eros Trilogy. Sullivan said Buckley is eager to do the new work, and the details are currently being worked out. The three-person play concerns, in part, a series of letters between a mother and son. Buckley would play the mother. The show will run Dec. 1998-Jan. 1999 (exact dates to be announced) and will be directed by longtime Silver interpreter, David Warren.
The highly-anticipated Betty Buckley-Deborah Gibson Gypsy officially opened Sept. 20 at Paper Mill. Previews began Sept. 9 for a run through Oct. 25.
While certain aspects of the production were criticized, reviewers uniformly praised Buckley's Mama Rose as a benchmark performance, though she missed several nights due to vocal troubles. Buckley previously starred as Mama Rose in a 1992 production of Gypsy at the Southern Arizona Light Opera Company. -- By Robert Simonson