De Braams School Of Dance and Theatre Arts <debraams>
|Gypsy - The Musical||2/21/07|
|The play follows Rose and her two daughters, June and Louise, as they play the vaudeville circuit around the United States during the Depression. Rose has an enormous personality and pushes her children to perform, and in the early scenes it is clear that Louise is shy, and June is the talented star. Rose meets a man named Herbie and persuades him to become their manager (with the song "Small World"). When June tires of life on the road and her mother's smothering pushiness, she runs away with one of the "boys" in the act. Rose then vows that she will make Louise a star, proclaiming, in the Act I closing song, that "Everything's Coming Up Roses."|
As a young lady, Louise and the girls in the act wind up at a burlesque house as a last resort, as the vaudeville circuit is drying up. Herbie proposes to Rose and asks her to break up the act and let Louise have a normal life. Rose is on the verge of accepting, but she cannot resist the urge to give Louise another nudge toward stardom, and she volunteers Louise to do a strip as a last-minute replacement. Although reluctant, Louise wants to please her mother; she goes on, shy and hesitant, singing the silly song ("Let me entertain you") that the kiddie act had used. She removes only her glove. The audience goes wild, and this becomes Louise's "gimmick". In the months that follow she becomes secure, always following her mother's advice to "Make 'em beg for more and then don't give it to them!" - this is demonstrated in a montage in which the song becomes brasher and brassier, and more and more articles of clothing come off. Ultimately Louise becomes a major burlesque star and does not need her mother any more. Herbie has walked out on them, and Rose, sad and feeling useless, asks "Why did I do it? When is it my turn?" in the final song, "Rose's Turn". She fantasizes her own lit up runway and cheering audience, but finally admits "I did it for me." Mother and daughter tentatively step toward reconciliation at the end.