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The musical tale of a domineering stage mother's inadvertent creation of a burlesque stripper, now available in paperback for the first time.
Paperback, 120 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by Theatre Communications Group
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Tracy Jones
This is a musical that follows the life of Rose and her children. Rose is the ultimate stage mom that pushes her two children into to limelight and ultimately gets them in the vaudeville circuit. Years go by, and vaudeville is becoming less and less popular, and Rose and the act gets booked less and less. Rose's one daughter leaves to be married, so Rose is left with her less talented daughter, Louise. Rose tries to keep getting her acts, and they wind up being booked by a burlesque by accident. ...more
Ahhhh, the quintessential stage mom. The standard by which all mothers of performers will be judged.The profile that is seared into the collective psyche. Rose is pushy, obnoxious, delusional, and self-centered. This is not to say that she doesn't love children; in fact she kidnaps a few to round out her cast. Almost everyone escapes her sphere of influence...including Louise.

People ask if I have had to deal with any stage moms, and Rose is hovering in their thoughts. Thank goodness I have not,
It's an amazing script, with depth and warmth and humor. I made my theatrical debut as "The Balloon girl". Probably my finest acting ever, since I didn't have lines. Probably my very favorite musical.
Gypsy is somewhat tragic tale about a mother who never was able to make it in the spotlight who pushes her two daughters into the spotlight. This story was intriguing and tragic to me, but it wasn't the best play I've ever read either. However, I still enjoyed it, even through the tragic aspects of it.
I found this book fascinating. I saw this last production of Gypsy and thought it was brilliantly directed and so I really wanted to read this book by the director. I was surprised at some of the dirt he revealed. Surprised that the big shots in the business can be just as petty as the sort you meet in community theatre. It was an eye-opener for me.
Mar 25, 2013 Sheri rated it 4 of 5 stars
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It has a simple story, but it manages to show complex emotions. There is lots of drama and humor. Nice and lighthearted.
my uni put on a production of the play... needless to say i watched it twice and bought it after. so yeah i liked it.
One of the best written book musicals out there! Still a dream of mine to direct this some day!
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Arthur Laurents was an American playwright, librettist, stage director, and screenwriter. His credits included the stage musicals West Side Story and Gypsy and the film The Way We Were.
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