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Zoey Reese as Louise (Gypsy) and Logan Scott Mitchell dance in "All I Need Is the Girl," a showstopper.
NOVEMBER 22-DECEMBER 7—
THE RODEY THEATRE, ALBUQUERQUE
The show is loosely based on the memoirs of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, although the main focus of the musical is on Rose, the archetypal show-business mother who raises Lee (Louise) and her sister June as they travel around America with their vaudeville act.
Gypsy is considered by many to be the greatest American musical, and the role of Mama Rose is often called the ‘King Lear’ of the musical theatre canon.
The musical features songs that have since become show standards, and was famous for helping to launch the career of lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who went on to write complete musical scores of his own. “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, “Some People”, “Let Me Entertain You” and of course “Rose’s Turn” are all highlights of any production. Arthur Laurents wrote the book of the musical, and it is widely considered to be one of the classic examples of a traditional ‘book musical’ which became popular during the middle of the 20th Century.