“Best damn musical I’ve seen in years!” —Walter Kerr, New York Herald Tribune (1959)
“”Genius!” —John J. O’Connor, New York Times (1994)
Cherished for generations, Gypsy was the second Broadway smash for Stephen Sondheim and his West Side Story collaborator Arthur Laurents, and yet another success for composer Jule Styne. The tale of vaudeville’s decline and of a domineering stage mother’s inadvertent creation of a burlesque stripper (suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee), Gypsy introduced such standards as “Let Me Entertain You” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and has, in its many incarnations, starred Ethel Merman, Rosalind Russell, Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly and, most recently, Bette Midler.
After a successful Hollywood film, two triumphant Broadway revivals, a national television broadcast and innumerable productions worldwide, this landmark musical is now available in paperback for the first time.