"May We Entertain You": Bernadette Peters and Gypsy Company Record CD June 22

News   "May We Entertain You": Bernadette Peters and Gypsy Company Record CD June 22
The cast of the hit revival of Gypsy — led by two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters — heads into the recording studio June 22.

Peters, who plays the infamous Momma Rose, and company are scheduled to record the classic Jule Styne-Stephen Sondheim score June 22 and 23 at the Right Track Studios on West 38th Street. The single CD will be released on the Angel Records label in August. Angel Records also preserved Peters' last Broadway outing, Annie Get Your Gun, which won the actress her second Tony for Best Actress in a Musical. That label has also recorded her most recent solo albums, "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight," "Sondheim, Etc.: Live at Carnegie Hall" and "Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers and Hammerstein." The latter was recently nominated for a Grammy Award.

Produced by Jay Saks, the newest Gypsy recording will feature musical direction by Gypsy's conductor Marvin Laird. Previous Gypsy recordings include the Roses of Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly and Bette Midler; the latter played the role in the CBS TV film. Gypsy's musical numbers follow:

"May We Entertain You"
"Some People"
"Small World"
"Baby June and Her Newsboys"
"Mr. Goldstone, I Love You"
"Little Lamb"
"You'll Never Get Away From Me"
"Dainty June and Her Farmboys"
"If Momma Was Married"
"All I Need Is the Girl"
"Everything's Coming Up Roses"
"Madame Rose's Toreadorables"
"Together, Wherever We Go"
"You Gotta Get a Gimmick"
"Small World" (Reprise)
"Let Me Entertain You"
"Rose's Turn"

Produced by Robert Fox, Ron Kastner, Roger Marino, Michael Watt, Harvey Weinstein and WWLC, Gypsy — with a book by Arthur Laurents — began previews at the Shubert Theatre March 31 with an official opening May 1. The production — directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes — features original choreography by Jerome Robbins and additional choreography by Jerry Mitchell. Jodi Moccia is the associate choreographer and Peter Lawrence the associate director.

Gypsy received four 2003 Tony Award nominations, including those for star Peters (Best Actress in a Musical), co-stars John Dossett and Tammy Blanchard (Best Featured Actor/Actress in a Musical) and Best Revival of a Musical. Joining Peters onstage at the Shubert are Tammy Blanchard (Louise), John Dossett (Herbie), Kate Reinders (Dainty June), David Burtka (Tulsa), Heather Tepe (Baby June), Addison Timlin (Baby Louise), Heather Lee (Tessie Tura), Julie Halston (Miss Cratchit/Electra), Kate Buddeke (Mazeppa), Brooks Ashmanskas (Mr. Goldstone/Pastey), Michael McCormick (Uncle Jocko/Cigar) and William Parry (Pop/Mr. Kringelein). The Gypsy company features Matt Bauer (Yonkers), Graham Bowen (Swing), Benjamin Brooks Cohen (Kansas), Macintyre Dixon (Phil/Mr. Weber), Joey Dudding (Farmboy/Georgie), Wally Dunn (Character Man), Brandon Espinoza (Farmboy), Tim Federle (Farmboy/Bougeron-Cochon), Eamon Foley (Newsboy), Jenna Gavigan (Hollywood Blonde), Sarah Jayne Jensen (Hollywood Blonde), Molly Kallins (Balloon Girl), Dontee Kiehn (Hollywood Blonde), Ginifer King (Hollywood Blonde), Julie Martell (Hollywood Blonde), Pamela Remler (Swing), Stephen Scarpulla (Newsboy), Chandra Schwartz (Agnes), Alexandra Stevens (Balloon Girl/Baby June u.s.), Cathy Trien (Maid) and Jordan Viscomi (Farmboy).

The creative team includes Anthony Ward (scenic-costume design), Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (lighting design), Acme Sound Partners (sound design) and David Brian Brown (hair design). With orchestrations by Sid Ramin and Robert Ginzler and dance arrangements by John Kander, Gypsy features musical supervision by Patrick Vacariello and musical direction by Marvin Laird, the latter Peters' longtime musical director.

Tickets for Gypsy are available at the Shubert Theatre box office (225 West 44th Street) or by phone at (212) 239-6200.

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