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West End's Imelda Staunton, Lara Pulver and More Recording New GYPSY Cast Album


Current star of GYPSY in the West End, Lara Pulver announced on Twitter today that she, Imelda Staunton, and the company of the musical are recording a new cast album. Check out Pulver's photo from the studio below!

The actress wrote: "Day 8 in the My Big Fat Gypsy West Ending studio..we're recording the 1st EVER British cast album of Gypsy. Exciting!"

Whoops! We applaud Pulver's enthusiasm, but there actually was a London cast recording with Angela Lansbury released in 1973.

Broadway's original 1959 cast recording (featuring Ethel Merman) and the 2003 revival album (with Bernadette Peters) both won the Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Show Album.

Joining Staunton, who stars as the indomitable Momma Rose in the West End transfer of Jonathan Kent's production of GYPSY, are Pulver and Gemma Sutton, who reprise the roles of Louise and June respectively in the five star Chichester Festival Theatre production, while Peter Davison joins the cast to play Herbie.

The cast also features Dan Burton as Tulsa, Billy Hartman as Uncle Jocko, Jack Chissick as Mr Goldstone, Anita Louise Combe as Tessie Tura, Harry Dickman as Pop, Lucinda Shaw as Mother, Roger Dipper as L.A., Louise Gold as Mazeppa, Clare Halse as Majorie May, Tom Hodgkins as Mr Weber, Kieran Jae as Yonkers, Julie Legrand as Electra, Danielle Morris as Geraldine, Luke Street as Little Rock, Damien Poole as Kansas, Lauren Hall as Delores and Natalie Woods as Agnes. Ensemble members include Liz Ewing, Lauren Ingram, Tom Murphy and Phillip Catchpole.

A musical fable with book by Arthur Laurents, GYPSY has music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, choreography by Stephen Mear, designs byAnthony Ward, musical direction and orchestration by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Mark Hendersonand sound by Paul Groothuis.

GYPSY is considered by many to be the greatest of the Broadway musicals. It tells the true story of ambitious showbiz mother Momma Rose, who treks across America with her daughters Baby June and Louise in search ofsuccess with their homespun vaudeville act. As times change, Momma Rose is forced to accept the demise of vaudeville and the rise of burlesque, as well as her daughters' quest for autonomy.

The first production to be seen in London for forty years in a strictly limited season, GYPSY opens at the Savoy Theatre on 15 April 2015 with previews from 28 March 2015 and is produced in the West End by Michael Harrison and David Ian.

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