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At The Playhouse, Everything's Coming Up Gypsy

The Playhouse has begun a run of a classic musical. I spoke to its Director Tim Hedgepeth.

It’s Gypsy, about the life of Gypsy Rose Lee.

“I think Gypsy’s one of the best. Two of the great roles for women come from this show. Gypsy is considered by many people, including yours truly, to be one of the truly great American musicals. I’d say one of the top five. It’s one of the epic stories about show business.”

While it’s flash and sass and big music, there’s more.

“We have a very intimate story about a mother and daughter, and of course, that daughter grows up to be Gypsy Rose Lee.”

I asked “And if you had to choose just one song that kinda made your heart soar, what is that?”

Everything’s Coming Up Roses. Out of context it’s a great song, but when you see it sung by the mother, to the daughter at the end of act one, it’s absolutely heartbreaking. It’s a stunning moment of theater as written, and as performed in our production by Anna Gangi and Paige Berry, who are both terrific as mother and daughter.”

I asked him to tell us about the remaining run.

“We have two weekends left at the Playhouse. Friday and Saturday evening, Sunday matinee. Tickets are going fast I’m happy to say. Tickets are still available.  I would just like to encourage your listeners to think about coming out and seeing us.”

We’ve more on Gypsy here.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii