Atlanta Lyric Theatre Closes Season with GYPSY, Now thru 7/1

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Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents Gypsy tonight, June 15 through July 1, 2012 at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre (117 N. Park Square, Marietta.) Tickets are available now at 404-377-9948 or www.AtlantaLyricTheatre.com.

Gypsy, the 1959 musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents, is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother, Momma Rose, whose name has become synonymous with "the ultimate show-business mother." Gypsy follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show-business life. The musical contains many songs that became popular standards, including "Small World," “Everything's Coming Up Roses,” "You'll Never Get Away From Me" and "Let Me Entertain You."

Gypsy will star local stage actress Ingrid Cole as Rose. Winner of the 2010 Suzi Bass Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, Ingrid has previously appeared at The Lyric in The Pirates of Penzance, The Music Man, Cinderella and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Other regional credits include Menopause the Musical, Motherhood the Musical, See What I Want to See and A Catered Affair.

Also starring in Gypsy is Atlanta Lyric Associate Artistic Director Alan Kilpatrick as Herbie. Winner of the 2007 Suzi Bass Award for Featured Actor, Alan has appeared at The Lyric in The Music Man, Hairspray, The Will Rogers Follies and Anything Goes. Additionally, Alan has directed Grease, Rent, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The It Girl for The Lyric. Alan is best known for his portrayal of Rev. Mervin Oglethorpe in Smoke on the Mountain, Sanders Family Christmas and Mount Pleasant Homecoming at Theatre in the Square.

The cast features Jill Ginsberg (Louise), Alison Brannon Wilhoit (June),

Tucker Weinmann (Tulsa), Karen Hebert (Tessie Tura), Marcie Millard (Mazeppa), Kathleen McCook (Electra), Alyssa Payne (Baby June), Emerson Steele (Young Louise), John Schmedes, Caroline Freedlund, Evan Weisman, George Deavours, Elijah Marcano, Allen Hill, Brett Cooper, Priscilla Curtis, Courtney Bowers, Becca Potter, Julia Alcorn, Chris Lewis, Ian Baxter and Aaron Carter.

Gypsy also features the Atlanta Lyric Orchestra conducted by Lyric Artistic Director Brandt Blocker.

Gypsy will be directed by Dustin Lewis and choreographed by Karen Hebert. The creative team also includes Michael Fauss (Music Director), Lee Shiver (Scenic Designer), Lindsey Paris (Costume Designer), Mary Parker (Lighting Designer), Bobby Johnston (Sound Designer), Bradley Bergeron (Video Effects Designer) and George Deavours (Wig Designer).

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