When: April 11-27 2013

There are lots of good musicals, but few exploit the form with the stylish and edgy power of this late 1950s opus, loosely based on the life of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. The project brought together the inspired composer Jule Styne with young lyricist Stephen Sondheim (still hot off his triumph in West Side Story), and the resulting score is one of Broadway’s best ever, including standbys such as “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” “Together (Wherever We Go),” “Small World,” “Some People,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “All I Need Is the Girl” and “Rose’s Turn.” The book is by veteran playwright and screenwriter Arthur Laurents. What makes the Larry Keeton Theatre production so intriguing is the lead casting, as the very gifted Ginger Newman takes on the Mama Rose character — a role that demands and rewards greatness. Others in the cast of community players include Stella London, Christina Candilora, Terry McLemore and Virginia Richardson, with 11 different men from the Donelson-Hermitage area switching off shows as Mr. Goldstone. Reminder: This is dinner theater, and BYOB is cool — the theater will even supply the wine glasses. Call 883-8375 for reservations.

Martin Brady


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