Beth Leavel, who won a Tony for her performance in the title role of The Drowsy Chaperone, will play ultimate stage mother Rose in the St. Louis Muny summer 2018 production of Gypsy, according to a spokesperson for the outdoor venue.
The classic showbiz tale of a domineering mother and a wallflower who becomes the country's best-known stripper will feature direction by Rob Ruggiero, choreography by Ralph Perkins, and music direction by James Moore. Performances are scheduled for July 27–August 2, 2018.
No other casting has been announced.
Gypsy features a score by Jule Styne (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) and a book by Arthur Laurents. The musical—with Ethel Merman as Rose—bowed on Broadway in May 1959 at the Broadway Theatre, playing 702 performances. Subsequent Broadway revivals have featured Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peters, and Patti LuPone as Rose. A 1962 film featured Rosalind Russell as Rose with Natalie Wood as Gypsy Rose Lee; a 1993 TV version cast Bette Midler in the lead role.
For more information, visit Muny.org or call (314) 361-1900.
Leavel is currently starring in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Annie through December 31; watch highlights below.