The Theater: So Dread the Rose

GYPSY

Music by JULE STYNE

Lyrics by STEVEN SONDHEIM

Book and Direction by ARTHUR LAURENTS

The passage of 15 years has not altered Gypsy: it is still gaudy-awful. This musical is studded with implausibilities, and blighted by a cast of thoroughly unappealing characters. At the apex of the show is Mama Rose (Angela Lansbury), a witch of a stage mother. With a maniacal will and monstrous gall, she catapults her two daughters, first as children and later as young women, across the buckling vaudeville stage in pursuit of the mirage of stardom.

Rose's favorite, "Baby June" (Bonnie Langford/Maureen Moore), who later became June Havoc, is a...

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