The classic 1959 musical with music by Jule Syne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurens is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with “the ultimate show business mother.” It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of the show business life. The character of Louise is based on Lee, and the character of June is based on Lee’s sister, the actress June Havoc. Featuring classic songs like “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” “Together (Wherever We Go),” “Small World,” “You Gotta Get a Gimmick,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “All I Need Is the Girl,” and “Rose’s Turn,” "Gypsy" is frequently considered one of the crowning achievements of the mid-20th century’s conventional musical theater art form, often called the “book musical.” St. Mark's Players perform in the historic and lovely St. Mark's Episcopal Church of Washington, D.C., across the street from the Library of Congress. Dedicated in 1890, the church features a wealth of gorgeous stained glass window, including an original piece by Charles Tiffany himself.
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