FRIDAY, 5/21 at 8pm… This week on “Curtain Up,” we spotlight Gypsy, starring Ethel Merman with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Opening on May 21, 1959, it ran for 702 performances. You can listen online here on our website or via apps and devices (Apple iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Echo/Alexa etc.).
FUN FACTS! Stephen Sondheim’s second Broadway production is considered to be one of the greatest of all time. The story is loosely based on the life of 1930’s burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee (Rose Louise Hovick: 1911-1970) and her domineering stage mother (Rose Evangeline Hovick: 1890-1954). Ethel Merman, who passed away in 1984, was age 51 when she debuted in the Broadway production. She’s been called “the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage”.
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