The 2015 West End Revival of Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton as Rose is now streaming online for only 48 hours!
Written by Arthur Laurents (book), with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Gypsy first opened on Broadway in 1959 starring Ethel Merman as Rose. It was nominated for 8 Tony Awards, including Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Merman and Best Musical.
The musical follows overbearing mother Rose, who pushes her two daughters Louise and June to perform onstage. Pinning her hopes for fame on June, Rose recruits Herbie to be the girls’ agent and takes their show on the road. When June suddenly escapes the act to get married however, the unwilling Louise is forced into the spotlight by her mother who books her to perform at a cheap burlesque house. Quickly adapting to her new audience, Louise goes from strength to strength performing as stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.
The production currently streaming was recorded at London’s Savoy Theatre in 2015. Joining Staunton in the cast are Lara Pulver as Louise, Gemma Sutton as June, and Peter Davison as Herbie. It is directed by Jonathan Kent, with choreography by Stephen Mear, designs by Anthony Ward, musical direction by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Mark Henderson, and sound by Paul Groothuis. This West End Revival production was nominated for 8 Olivier Awards and won 4, including Best Actress in a Musical for Staunton, Best Supporting Actress in a musical for Pulver, and Best Revival of a Musical.
Audiences can watch the full production on The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel. The channel has been streaming musicals and concerts for free as early as April this year, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, Cats, The War of the Worlds, and The Wind in the Willows, among many others.
While theaters have remained closed due to the pandemic, audiences are encouraged to donate to different arts causes.
You can watch the full show below.