Gypsy Revival 2003

Opened: May 1, 2003
Closing: May 30, 2004

Gypsy - 2003 - Broadway History , Info & More

Gypsy: A Musical Fable is a classic American musical known for its powerful characters and exploration of ambition, fame, and the complexities of family.

Loosely based on the memoirs of burlesque artist Gypsy Rose Lee, the musical delves deeper into the story of her ambitious stage mother, Rose. The project came about in the late 1950s when producer David Merrick secured the rights to Lee's memoirs and sought a creative team. Arthur Laurents penned the book, Jule Styne composed the music, and Stephen Sondheim delivered the iconic lyrics.

Debuting on Broadway in 1959, Gypsy became an instant hit, particularly due to Ethel Merman's powerhouse performance as Rose. It has enjoyed numerous successful revivals on Broadway and internationally, featuring legendary actresses like Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Patti LuPone and Bernadette Peters.

The show centers around Rose Hovick, a domineering stage mother who pushes her daughters, Louise and June, into the world of vaudeville. Obsessed with achieving stardom for her children, particularly Louise, Rose's relentless pursuit takes a toll on their personal lives and her own sanity. As Louise struggles to find her own voice and path, the story explores themes of sacrifice, manipulation, and the dark side of ambition.

Gypsy is known for its unforgettable songs like "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Let Me Entertain You," and "Rose's Turn," a showstopping ballad that lays bare Rose's vulnerabilities and desperation.

If you're looking for a musical that's both entertaining and thought-provoking, Gypsy is a must-see. It's a captivating story about the lengths people go to for fame and the enduring power of family bonds.

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Review - Savannah Rafferty to Star in 85th Anniversary Broadway Production of Gypsy
by Kristin Salaky - January 17, 2009

That is, if I have anything to do with it. Who is Savannah Rafferty? Well, my dear readers may remember 2-year-old Savannah singing 'Don't Cry For Me, Argentina' in my year-end column, '2008's Ten Memorable Theatre Moments You May Have Missed.'

Review - Gypsy: Mama's Talkin' Soft(er)
by Michael Dale - April 17, 2008

Oh sure, it's still the most breathtaking, emotionally packed evening of damn near perfect musical theatre in town (No, make that of theatre in town.) and Ms. LuPone's Rose is now an even more complex and finely detailed portrayal, but while she hasn't exactly turned demure on us for Gypsy's transfer to Broadway, she has seriously toned it down.

Gypsy History

Other Productions of Gypsy

1959   Broadway Original Broadway Production
1961   US Tour 1st National Tour
US Tour
1961   US Tour 2nd National Tour
US Tour
1973   West End London Revival
West End
1974   Broadway Broadway Production
1976   Milburn, NJ (Regional) Paper Mill Production
Milburn, NJ (Regional)
1989   Broadway Broadway Revival
1998   Milburn, NJ (Regional) Paper Mill Production
Milburn, NJ (Regional)
2003   Broadway Broadway Revival
2006   St. Louis, MO (Regional) St. Louis MUNY Production
St. Louis, MO (Regional)
2006   Regional Concert
2007   Off-Broadway Off-Broadway Revival
2008   Broadway Broadway Revival
2014   Regional (US) Connecticut Rep Production
Regional (US)
2015   West End West End Revival Production
West End
2018   St. Louis, MO (Regional) The Muny Revival
St. Louis, MO (Regional)
2024   Broadway Broadway Revival Production

Gypsy - 2003 Broadway Awards and Nominations

Note: Award winners will appear on a background
Year Ceremony Category Nominee
2003 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical John Dossett
2003 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Revival of a Musical Bonnie Comley
2003 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Director of a Musical Sam Mendes
2003 Tony Awards Best Revival of a Musical Bonnie Comley