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Photo Flash: Karen Mason in WBT's Gypsy

Westchester Broadway Theatre is presenting Gypsy, with nine-time Mac Award winner Karen Mason (Broadway's Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard) as Rose, May 31st-August 4th, with press night set for June 8th.

The musical, which features book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, is suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee.  Press notes state, "The story takes us on a trip across the length and breadth of our country, visiting the seamy back stages of tank town theatres during the 1920's when vaudeville was dying out, to the beginnings of burlesque. Arthur Laurents' riveting dramatic libretto tells the penetrating story of one of the most frightening aspects of show business: the ultimate stage mother embodied by Mama Rose, who relentlessly drives her two daughters, June and Louise around the vaudeville circuit, keeping their noses to the grindstone until one of them becomes a star."

In addition to Mason, the WBT production of Gypsy stars Rick Hilsabeck (Herbie), Kelli Barrett (Louise), as well as features Sarah Peak (June), Inga Ballard (Mazeppa), Katherine Kendall (Electra), Ann-Ngaire Martin (Tessie), and Jordan Nichols (Tulsa).  The production is directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford, with associate director Jonathan Stahl and musical director John Daniels.

For tickets and more information, visit www.broadwaytheatre.com.

Photos by John Vecchiolla

 
Gypsy ensemble


"Have an Eggroll, Mr. Goldstone"


Kathryn Kendall as Electra, Inga Ballard as Mazeppa and Ann-Ngaire Martin as Tessie Tura


Kelli Barrett as Louise, Rick Hilsabeck as Herbie, and Karen Mason as Rose


Kelli Barrett - "Let Me Entertain You"


Karen Mason performing "Rose's Turn"

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