Gypsy | Sept. 27 - Oct. 21, 2012
The Fine Arts Center Theatre Company’s is celebrating and kicking off the 25th season with Gypsy, America’s most acclaimed musical.
Premiering on Broadway in 1959, Gypsy debuted at the end of the golden age of musical comedy, and symbolizes the beginning of true musical theatre, a new era that straddled the lines between comedy and drama. Gypsy follows the life of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee and is full of comedy, honest drama, and vivacious musical numbers with lyrics written by a young Stephen Sondheim.
For Sondheim, Gypsy was his second Broadway lyrical writing credit following West Side Story.For the Fine Arts Center, Gypsy marks the seventh Sondheim-penned production.
"Gypsy is quite possibly the pinnacle of American musical theatre and I'm thrilled to kick off our 25th anniversary main stage season with this classic,” said Scott RC Levy, the show’s director and Theatre Company’s Producing Artistic Director.
“From the opening note of the rousing overture to the final knockout moment, this production will prove to be an excellent addition to the history of high-quality productions our audience has come to expect."
Music by Jule Styne | Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Book by Arthur Laurents
The delightful Lacey Connell, who starred in A Year with Frog and Toad and Hairspray last season, will play Louise, AKA Gypsy Rose Lee. Connell was trained at the Manhattan School of Music. Long-time FAC favorites Anita Lane (Crazy for You, La Cage Aux Folles, Cabaret, and Anything Goes) and Sally Hybl (The Women, Into the Woods, A Christmas Carol, The Music Man) will play two veteran burlesque stars.
Musical Director Roberta Jacyshyn is retiring following Gypsy. Roberta has been a part of the FAC family for 30 years performing and directing the music in over 90 productions in the SaGāJi Theatre.
Adam Blancas (Georgie/Mr. Weber/etc.), Sol Chavez (Pop), Nicole Dawson (June), Stephen Day (Herbie), Jonathan Eberhardt (Ensemble), Patrick Gamache (Angie), Tracy Hedding (Agnes), Mallory Hybl (Baby Louise), Pumpkin Hybl (Chowsie), Sally Lewis Hybl (Tessie Tura), Anita Lane (Mazeppa), Evan Lennon (Newsboy) , Ryan Lennon (Newsboy), Ellie Violet C. Levy (Balloon Girl/Newsboy), Quint Mediate (L.A.), Ryan Miller (Tulsa), A.J. Mooney (Rose), TJ Norton (Yonkers), Samantha Price (Baby June), Becca Vourvoulas (Cratchitt/Electra), Brooke Wallinger (Marjorie May/Waitress), Rebekah Whittington (Dolores/Renee).
Roberta Jacyshyn (Musical Director/Conductor/Keyboards), Josh Birkhimer (Percussion), Rick Crafts (Trombone), Ed Hureau (Reeds), Jay Hahn (Bass), Cynthia Robinson (violin), Tait Solberg (Reeds), Chris Walters (Trumpet).
Scott RC Levy (Director/Producing Artistic Director), Mary Ripper Baker (Choreographer), Christopher L. Sheley (Scenic Design/Technical Director & Production Manager), Holly Anne Rawls (Lighting Design/Lighting Director).
Janson Fangio (Costume Shop Manager), Steve Johnson (Master Carpenter), Tim Muldrew (Manager of Patron & Theatre Company Services), Jessica Rose (Charge Scenic Artist), Clarissa A. Thomas (Assistant Production Manager).
Sept. 27 | Preview: 1/2 priced tickets available on a first come, first served basis.
Sept. 28 | Opening Night: Enjoy a post-performance reception with the cast.
Sept. 30 | TalkBack: Join Producing Artistic Director Scott RC Levy and cast for a free post-performance discussion.
Oct. 11 | Backstage Tour: Go behind the curtain and learn how the magic happens onstage with a focus on design elements.
Take a peek at more photos from Gypsy.
FAC Blog | Gypsy and Mama Rose's Pre-Performance Routines
FAC Blog | Behind the Scenes: Animal Stars of Gypsy
FAC Blog | Artist Spotlight: Stephen Sondheim
FAC Blog | Behind the Scenes: Gypsy Costumes
FAC Blog | A History of American Burlesque Fashions
FAC Blog | Roberta Jacyshyn: 30 years of music
FAC Blog | Honey Boo Boo Mom - The Modern Momma Rose
NPR | Stage Mother from Hell: Needy, Greedy Mama Rose