Home audiences are to get the chance to see Imelda Staunton’s highly acclaimed performance as the ultimate stage mother, Momma Rose in the hit revival of Gypsy, currently playing London’s Savoy Theatre.
Cameras have been in place to capture the production for a DVD release and a rumoured place in the BBC’s all important Christmas line-up.
The Chichester Festival Theatre production arrived at the Savoy on the back of rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. The first production of the classic musical to play in the West End for more than 40 years, the show will end its limited run next month.
Filming had to be completed before Staunton’s co-star Lara Pulver left the role of Gypsy Rose Lee – she took her final bow on Saturday 10 October. Actress Gemma Sutton (Carousel, Hairspray, Chicago, Drunk) who has been starring in the show as Louise’s sister June, will take over the role on 12 October.
Widely regarded as one of the great Broadway musicals, Gypsy has a book by Arthur Laurents with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The current production is directed by Jonathan Kent and produced at the Savoy by Michael Harrison and David Ian.
Staunton’s barnstorming portrayal of the indomitable Rose, the showbiz-addicted mother who drags her daughters around the US in search of stardom, has been widely regarded as one of the must-see performances of the year.
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