Opening Nights | August 2015

By Richard Schultz, August 2015 Issue.



Scottsdale Musical Theater Company

Here’s the ultimate story about an aggressive stage mother. Mama Rose is determined that her younger daughter, June, will have a successful career, but after June elopes, Mama turns all her attention on her older, less talented daughter, Louise, who eventually becomes a burlesque stripper named Gypsy Rose Lee.

Based on the 1957 memoirs of the legendary Gypsy Rose Lee, this iconic musical is set in the 1920s, a time when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. Jule Styne’s music and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics result in a spectacular score of Broadway classics, including “Let Me Entertain You,” “Some People,” “You Gotta Get A Gimmick” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” It’s a gripping story of one of the most frightening aspects of show business.

“We had been getting a lot of inquiries from around the theater community here on when we were going to do a kids show. Gypsy is the perfect answer,” said David Hock, Scottsdale Musical Theater Company Executive Producer and the show’s director and choreographer. “It is a family show with kids roles. We’re looking at the show through the eyes of Herbie, the agent who adores the kids and stands by Mama Rose, almost until the bitter end. Kids will enjoy the fun, adults will appreciate the more mature take on the story.”

Valley theater veteran Debra Qualtire (pictured) will headline the production as Mama Rose, and the title role of Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee will be played by Sarah Cassidy. Rounding out the cast are Zoni Award winner Terry Gadaire as Herbie, Alex Crossland as Tulsa and Madison Ottinger as June.


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Tempe Center for the Arts

700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe

Tickets: $32 - $42 | 602-909-4215

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