Rose's Return

Gypsy is, by universal consent, the great American musical. A solid but not sensational hit in its day (it was shut out of the 1959-60 Tony Awards), the show's reputation has grown with each passing year. This is partly because of Arthur Laurents' brilliantly constructed book, about a mother who pushes her daughters away even as she drives them to stardom, and the Jule Styne-Stephen Sondheim score, a classic collection of show tunes that culminates in the stunning mad scene, “Rose's

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