Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.—LUDLOW—Considered by many to be one of the greatest American musicals on Broadway, “Gypsy” will be presented by FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Ludlow Town Hall auditorium.
“Gypsy” is a 1959 musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents. “Gypsy” is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with “the ultimate show business mother.” It 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 character of Louise is based on Lee, and the character of June is based on Lee’s sister, the actress June Havoc.
The musical contains many songs that became popular standards, including “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” “Together (Wherever We Go),” “Small World,” “You Gotta Get a Gimmick,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “All I Need Is the Girl,” and “Rose’s Turn.” It is frequently considered one of the crowning achievements of the mid-20th century’s conventional musical theatre art form, often called the “book musical.”
“Gypsy” has been referred to as the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers. Theater critic Clive Barnes wrote that “’Gypsy’ is one of the best of musicals …” and described the character of Rose as “one of the few truly complex characters in the American musical …”
This revival of “Gypsy” is based on the 2015 London cast that features Imelda Staunton, Lara Pulver, and Peter Davison. Staunton won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in Musical for her performance. This performance will be streamed by FOLA as it continues its new method of bringing great musical productions to Ludlow.
The event is free and open to everyone; donations are appreciated. Ludlow Town Hall is located at 37 S. Depot Street, Ludlow. For information, call 802-228-7239 or visit fola.us.
Photo courtesy of FOLA
Often referred to as the “book musical,” “Gypsy” will be screened in Ludlow on Jan. 21 as part of a new offering by Friends of Ludlow Auditorium.