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SHOW TUNES S4 EP 11 - GYPSY (1959)

GYPSY Original Cast Album Cover.jpg
Original Broadway Cast Album Cover, 1959

Stephen Sondheim teams up with Jule Styne for a musical about famed burlesque artist Gypsy Rose Lee - or is it really about her mom?

GYPSY: A MUSICAL FABLE is based on the life story of the renowned burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee. Born a shy girl named Louise, she traveled the circuit in the dying days of vaudeville as second fiddle to her talented sister, June.

Their mother "Mama Rose" is the main engine of the show - the ultimate stage mother/"momager." She's unforgettably portrayed by Ethel Merman.

Tony Awards (1960):

The show was nominated for, but did not win, eight Tony Awards. Ethel Merman, on the other hand, won the Grammy Award for "Best Musical Theater Album!"

Biggest Hits:

Let Me Entertain You
Together (Wherever We Go)
Everything's Coming Up Roses


Rose's Turn

Musical Numbers:

  1. Overture
  2. Let Me Entertain You
  3. Small World
  4. Baby June and Her Newsboys
  5. Mr. Goldstone, I Love You (also colloquially known as "Have an Eggroll, Mr. Goldstone")
  6. Little Lamb
  7. You'll Never Get Away From Me
  8. Dainty June and Her Farmboys
  9. If Mama Was Married
  10. All I Need is the Girl
  11. Everything's Coming Up Roses
  12. Together Wherever We Go
  13. You Gotta Have a Gimmick
  14. Let Me Entertain You
  15. Rose's Turn

Encore/Bonus Material:

Be sure to stay tuned to the end of this episode for a very special "Mama Rose-a-rama!"

Kate Botello is a host and producer at Classical IPR.