Thursday, March 27, 2008

Gypsy: Everything's Coming Up Opening Night

Gypsy: Everything's Coming Up Opening Night

What can I say that hasn't already been said?

Tonight, the revival Broadway could only dream about two years ago is finally here. With Arthur Laurents at the helm, Gypsy starring Patti LuPone as Mama Rose opens this evening at the Great White Way's St. James Theatre.

Gypsy certainly ranks at the top of my all-time favorite musicals -- after I see this Sunday's performance, it will be among the stage shows I've seen the most. And for good reason.

Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, features a hallowed score by none other than Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim to match Laurents' masterpiece of a book. And despite the fact that the 702 performance run of original 1959 production with Ethel Merman and Jack Klugman failed to win a single Tony Award (it was nominated for eight), it has become synonymous with Broadway itself.

Now in its fifth Main Stem incarnation, the legendary tuner with LuPone also stars Laura Benanti as Louise and Boyd Gaines as Herbie.

Will this become the revival to end all revivals? Find out tomorrow as I provide my critics' capsule.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.
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Curtain Up! Light The Lights! (March 3, 2008)
Load-In's Turn (February 24, 2008)
Tag, I'm It! (February 4, 2008)
Laurents' Turn: First Gypsy, Then West Side Story (December 18, 2008)
LuPone's Mama Rose, Part 3? (October 3, 2007)
At 90, Laurents Has Still "Got It" (July 27, 2007)
Everything's Coming Up Patti! (July 9, 2007)
SOB's Best Of 2006-07: Top Ten Of The Year (June 4, 2007)
SOB's Best Of 2006-07: Best Revivals Of Musicals (May 18, 2007)
It's Official: LuPone's Triumph Earns Encores! (March 19, 2007)
Will Encores Mount All-Star Gypsy? (March 2, 2007)
SOB's 6 Singular Sensations Of '06 - #1: Patti LuPone (December 30, 2006)
Gypsy (The SOB Review) (August 14, 2006)

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