The four-time Olivier Award-winning West End production of Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents, and Jule Styne’s Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton as Rose, makes its American TV debut November 11 at 9 PM as part of the PBS Arts Festival. The production also features Lara Pulver (Sherlock, True Blood) in the title role.
The cast for the 2015 production also included Peter Davison as Herbie, Gemma Sutton as June, Dan Burton as Tulsa, Billy Hartman as Uncle Jocko, Jack Chissick as Mr. Goldstone, Anita Louise Combe as Tessie Tura, Harry Dickman as Pop, Lucinda Shaw as Mother, Roger Dipper as L.A., Louise Gold as Mazeppa, Clare Halse as Majorie May, Tom Hodgkins as Mr. Weber, Kieran Jae as Yonkers, Julie Legrand as Electra, Danielle Morris as Geraldine, Luke Street as Little Rock, Damien Poole as Kansas, Lauren Hall as Delores, and Natalie Woods as Agnes. Ensemble members included Liz Ewing, Lauren Ingram, Tom Murphy, and Phillip Catchpole.
Jonathan Kent directed the stage production. Lonny Price directed the musical for TV.
As previously reported, this production of Gypsy made its Blu-ray debut November 1 from Shout Broadway. Here is a clip from the video, featuring Staunton singing “Everything’s Coming up Roses.”
Staunton won the Best Actress in a Musical Olivier for her work as Rose. The production also earned three other Oliviers: Best Musical Revival, the White Light Award for Best Lighting Design, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Lara Pulver.
Gypsy ran at London's Savoy Theatre March 28-November 28, 2015.
The Jule Styne-Stephen Sondheim-Arthur Laurents musical was last seen on Broadway in 2008 starring Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines, and Laura Benanti, who all won Tony Awards for their performances. Other Broadway Roses include Ethel Merman (who originated the role), Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, and Bernadette Peters.