Regarded by many theater professionals as the greatest musical ever created, “Gypsy” is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success, while secretly yearning for her own. Based loosely on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee and set all across America in the 1920’s, when vaudeville was dying, and burlesque was born, Arthur Laurents’ landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with brass, humor, heart, and sophistication.
The celebrated score, by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, boasts one glorious hit after another, including: “Let Me Entertain You,” “Some People,” “You’ll Never Get Away from Me,” “If Momma Was Married,” “All I Need Is the Girl,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “You Gotta Get A Gimmick,” “Small World” and “Together Wherever We Go.”
“Gypsy” is presented by Courtyard Newark Granville and Explore Licking County with generous support from the Ohio Arts Council.
Performances of “Gypsy” are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28; and 7:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 29.
On Monday, Dec. 31, Weathervane Playhouse will host its second New Year’s Eve Fundraising Gala, a final toast to Weathervane’s 50th anniversary season. The evening will feature a concert with the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra; Weathervane singers; Cabot Rea, retired Channel 4 News Anchor; and Lori Kay Harvey, music faculty at Otterbein University.
With amenities such as plush seating, a climate-controlled theatre, hearing assistance devices, wheelchair accommodations and free on-site parking, Weathervane Playhouse is Ohio’s longest running professional summer stock theatre. It is located at 100 Price Road, Newark.
For more information, including ticket prices, visit www.weathervaneplayhouse.org or call 740-366-4616.