Gypsy's June 7 TV Appearance Abruptly Canceled

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The three cosmetically challenged strippers of the Tony-nominated Gypsy revival will not bump and grind for the cameras June 7.

Although Julie Halston, Heather Lee and Kate Buddeke, who play strippers Electra, Tessie Tura and Mazeppa in the hit revival of Gypsy, were originally booked to sing their second act show-stopper “You Gotta Get a Gimmick” on CBS-TV’s “The Saturday Early Show," that booking has been canceled.

According to a statement from the production's press office, "The booking, arranged last week, was abruptly pulled Friday night by a CBS producer, who stated, 'The costumes were deemed inappropriate for Saturday morning TV.'"

Gypsy — starring two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters — plays the Shubert Theatre. Both the show and star Peters are nominated for 2003 Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Leading Actress of a Musical, respectively. Tammy Blanchard and John Dossett are also nominated for their performances in the Arthur Laurents-Jule Styne-Stephen Sondheim musical. The 2003 Tony Awards airs on CBS-TV June 8, 8-11 PM.

Produced by Robert Fox, Ron Kastner, Roger Marino, Michael Watt, Harvey Weinstein and WWLC, Gypsy opened May 1 at the Shubert Theatre. The production features direction by Sam Mendes, original choreography by Jerome Robbins and additional choreography by Jerry Mitchell. Jodi Moccia is the associate choreographer and Peter Lawrence the associate director.

Gypsy plays Monday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with matinees on Wednesday and Saturdays at 2 PM. Tickets, priced between $60 and $100, are available at the Shubert Theatre box office (225 West 44th Street) or through Telecharge at (212) 239-6200.

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