For its 60th anniversary season, Goodspeed presents Gypsy with Mamma Mia!'s Judy McLane starring as stage mother Rose opposite Wicked's Talia Suskauer as Louise. Previews begin at the East Haddam, Connecticut theatre April 28 and opening night is May 10. The engagement will run through June 18.
Alongside McLane and Suskauer will star Philip Hernandez (Les Misérables) as Herbie, Laura Sky Herman (Hello, Dolly! national tour) as Dainty June, Emily Jewel Hoder (The Music Man) as Baby June, and Cameron Blake Miller as Baby Louise.
The cast will be rounded out by ensemble members Gabriel Amato, Romelda Teron Benjamin, Kelly Margaret Berman, Amahri Edwards-Jones, Carlos Velasquez Escamilla, Thomas Goldbach V, Sunny Lauren Hoder, Victoria Huston-Elem, Edward Juvier, Meadow Nguy, Bianca Belle Palana, Maddie Robert, Ben Sears, Michael Starr, Geoffrey Wade, David Cochise Williams, and Valerie Wright. Swings are Brianna Ascione and Anthony DaSilva. Chowsie (the dog) is played by Cha-Cha.
Under the direction of Jenn Thompson, the production will feature choreography by Patricia Wilcox, music direction by Adam Souza, scenic design by Alexander Dodge, costume design by Eduardo Sicangco, lighting design by Paul Miller, sound design by Jay Hilton, hair, wig, and makeup design by Carissa Thorlakson, orchestrations by Dan DeLange, and animal direction and training by William Berloni. Bradley G. Spachman is the production stage manager. Casting is by Paul Hardt/Hardt Casting.
The musical 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. Ethel Merman starred as Rose in the original production; subsequent Broadway Roses include Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peters, and Patti LuPone.