The day has arrived – Gypsy is broadcast today on BBC4 at 9pm

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Imelda Staunton and Lara Pulver in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy being broadcast on BBC4 tonight. Picture: Roy Tan

Tonight (Sunday 27 December) on BBC4 at 9pm UK audiences will get the chance to see Olivier Award-winning actress Imelda Staunton’s highly acclaimed performance as the ultimate stage mother Momma Rose in the hit revival of Gypsy at London’s Savoy Theatre.

Cameras captured the production for the BBC’s all important Christmas line-up as well as for a rumoured DVD release.

The Sunday Times Culture section commented: “Jonathan Kent’s multi-award-winning production of the Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim musical has received a great many rave reviews, which makes this live screening something of a television event and precisely the sort of show that BBC4 should be producing.”

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 ended its limited run at the end of November.

Filming was 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, who had been starring in the show as Louise’s sister June, took over the role on 12 October.

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Laura Pulver rehearsing for the role of Louise in Gypsy

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 production was directed by Jonathan Kent, with choreography by Stephen Mear, designs by Anthony Ward, musical direction and orchestration by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Paul Groothuis. 

Staunton’s barnstorming portrayal of the indomitable Rose, the showbiz-addicted mother who drags her daughters around the US in search of stardom, was widely regarded as one of the must-see performances of the year.

At the recent 61st London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, the award for Best Musical Performance went to Staunton. The actress also reprised her winning performance at the ceremony, singing ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’ from the production.

The London Cast Recording of Gypsy is also available on First Night Records.

Angela Thomas

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