February 6

March 23, 2014

in CST's Courtyard Theater

a Musical Fable
book by Arthur Laurents
music by Jule Styne
lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
directed by Gary Griffin

Highly recommended! This ideally cast production bursts with intelligence, emotional heat and truth.

Chicago Sun-Times

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The Play

Boasting one show-stopping song after another—like “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Let Me Entertain You”—this classic musical is inspired by memoirs of the burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee; and it marks Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin’s continued exploration of the Sondheim canon. Tony Award® nominee Louise Pitre makes her Chicago Shakespeare debut as Rose, the most infamous of all stage mothers. Pitre’s career highlights include many critically acclaimed performances in the theater, on television and concert stages across North America and Europe. Gypsy, a jewel of the American musical theater, has been described by The New York Times critic Frank Rich as “Broadway’s own brassy, unlikely answer to King Lear.”



Video: Gypsy Montage

Gallery: Gypsy

Audio: Gypsy: Preamble by Ira Murfin - March 1, 2014


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Director Gary Griffin discusses Gypsy and his plans for pairing this classic of American musical theater with Road Show
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Director Gary Griffin and Hedy Weiss discuss Gypsy and Road Show with the music directors of each show.
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Gypsy is drawn from real life. Its genius consists partly in a magician-like act of misdirection deftly executed by its creators.
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The Players

Creative Team

Arthur Laurents Book

Jule Styne  Music

Stephen Sondheim Lyrics

Gary Griffin Director

Rick Fox  Music Director

Mitzi Hamilton  Choreographer

Kevin Depinet Scenic Designer

Virgil C. Johnson Costume Designer

Philip Rosenberg Lighting Designer

Ray Nardelli Sound Designer

Dan Mead Sound Designer

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer


Rengin Altay Miss Cratchitt/Electra

Nate Becker Newsboy

Erin Burniston June

Molly Callinan Mazeppa

Matt DeCaro Weber/Kringelein/Pastey

Maddie DePorter Showgirl

Adam Fane Angie

Betsy Farrar Waitress/Caroline/Ethel Mae

Landree Fleming Agnes

Marc Grapey Uncle Jocko/Cigar/Phil

Rhett Guter Tulsa

Brandon Haagenson L.A.

Caroline Heffernan Young Louise

Killian Hughes  Newsboy

Moira Hughes Balloon Girl

Kelly Anne Krauter Toreadorable

Katherine Mallen Kupferer Balloon Girl

Keith Kupferer Herbie

Emily Leahy Baby June

Dana Parker Caroline/Dolores/Renée

Alex Grace Paul  Showgirl

Louise Pitre Rose

John Reeger Pop/Goldstone/Minsky's Announcer/Bougeron-Cochon

Jared Rein Ensemble

Barbara Robertson Tessie Tura

Lauren Roesner Showgirl

Cullen J. Rogers Ensemble

Jessica Rush Louise

Joseph Sammour Yonkers

Benedict Santos Schwegel Ulysses/Newsboy

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