No Boy Scout: John Dossett Is Rose's Herbie in Gypsy

News   No Boy Scout: John Dossett Is Rose's Herbie in Gypsy
John Dossett, the actor respected for roles in Hello, Again, Ragtime and Prelude to a Kiss, will be in the thrall of Bernadette Peters' Mama Rose in Broadway's new Gypsy, a spokesman for the revival confirmed.

Dossett is currently starring as Dr. J. W. Talbot in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Dinner at Eight. Dossett's agent previously confirmed negotiations. Dossett spent the summer in the Kennedy Center's production of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. His other theatrical credits include roles in Hello Again, An Almost Holy Picture, Tom Sawyer, Prelude to a Kiss, Mastergate, Fifth of July and King of Schnorrers. On screen the actor has been seen in "Nick and Jane," "That Night," "Longtime Companion," "Law & Order," "Hack," "Sex & the City," "Homicide," "Blue Moon," "Cracker Man," "JAG" and "Clover."

The role of Herbie was created in the original 1959 production by stage and screen veteran Jack Klugman. Other Herbies include Rex Robbins (1974 Broadway company), Jonathan Hadary (1989 Broadway cast), Karl Malden (1962 film) and Peter Riegert (1993 TV production, with Bette Midler).

Gypsy — starring two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters in the role of Rose — will begin previews at the Shubert Theatre on March 31, 2003, with an official opening scheduled for May 1. Others in the Sam Mendes-directed cast include Tammy Blanchard as Louise, Kate Reinders as Dainty June and Kate Buddeke as Mazeppa. The last Broadway mounting of the famed musical cast "Cagney & Lacey" star Tyne Daly in the role created by Ethel Merman. The 1989 Daly revival won a Tony for Best Revival of a Musical as well as one for its leading lady.

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