Musical Gypsy to Play UK in October

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A semi-staged production of the classic musical Gypsy will be the centerpiece of the upcoming Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre this fall.

The Festival, which will celebrate the centenary of Jule Styne, will present Styne's Gypsy Oct. 29 at 7:30 PM at the Wales Millennium Center. No casting has been announced for the musical about that stage mother of all stage mothers, Momma Rose. The one-night-only event will feature a full orchestra under the baton of Stewart Mackintosh. Gypsy is a co-production of the Festival and the Millennium Center.

Gypsy features a score by Jule Styne (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) and a book by Arthur Laurents. The musical — with Ethel Merman as Rose — bowed on Broadway in May 1959 at the Broadway Theatre, playing 702 performances before closing at the Imperial Theatre, where it later transferred, on March 25, 1961. Subsequent revivals have featured Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly and Bernadette Peters as Rose. A 1962 film featured Rosalind Russell as Rose with Natalie Wood as Gypsy Rose Lee; a 1993 TV version cast Bette Midler in the lead role.

Tickets, priced £10-£90, will go on sale Aug. 10 by calling 08701 283 560. Visit for more information.

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