Gypsy

Louise Gold featured, as Mazeppa, at The Chichester Festival Theatre from 6 October to 8 November 2014, and at The Savoy Theatre in London opening on 15 April 2015 (with previews from 28 March 2015), scheduled to run to 18 July 2015, then extended to be scheduled to run to 28 November 2015 .

 

Stop Press: Gypsy The Musical has received 15 nominations in the Broadway World West End Awards: http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/vote2015region.cfm  This includes Louise Gold getting nominated for ‘Understudy of the year (female)’:  http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/liveupdate2015region.cfm?btype=4338&region=UK%20/%20West%20End#sthash.2TIlL8gx.dpbs  (Lauren Hall also has a nomination in that category), and she is one of four contenders from the show for ‘Best Featured Actress in a new production of a musical): http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/liveupdate2015region.cfm?btype=4323&region=UK%20/%20West%20End#sthash.GrDHn0v0.dpbs

Cast

 Chichester

Uncle Jacko – Jimmy Chisholm

Georgie – Damien Poole

Baby June – Elise Blake / Georgia Pemberton

Baby Louise – Ruby Bridle / Holly Hazelton

Momma Rose – Imelda Staunton

Chowsie – Molly

Pop – Harry Dickman

Weber – Tom Hodgkins

Herbie – Kevin Whately

Louise – Lara Pulver

June – Gemma Sutton

Tulsa – Dan Burton

Yorkers – Kieran Jae

L.A. – Roger Dipper

Kansas – Damien Poole

Little Rock – Jack North

Mr Goldstone-  Jack Chissick

Miss Crachit – Julie LeGrand

Agnes – Natalie Woods

Cigar – Jimmy Chisholm

Marjorie May – Clare Halse

Geraldine – Danielle Morris

Pastey – Kieran Jay

Tessie Tura – Anita Louise Combe

Mazeppa – Louise Gold

Electra – Julie LeGrand

Dolores – Lauren Varnham

Renee – Danielle Morris

Jaynee – Jane McMurtrie

Phil – Jack North

Boucheron – Tom Hodgkins

 

Children’s Ensemble - Lisa Bird, Millie Cooter, Pollyanna Gailer, Daisy-May Hanvey, Yasmin Lowe, Jessie Popkiewicz-Smith, Dominic Bryant, Kai Cooper, Alexander Evans, Alexander Fyfe, Alfie Jukes, Patrick Lee, Jonah Mitchell, Max Newitt, Harvey Pearce, Owen Pennington, and, George Waller

 

 

The Savoy Theatre, London

Uncle Jacko/Cigar – Billy Hartman

Georgie/Kansas – Damien Poole

Baby June – Isla Huggins-Barr / Scarlet Roche

Baby Louise – Holly Hazelton / Lara Wollington

Momma Rose – Imelda Staunton

Pop – Harry Dickman

Mr Webe/ Boucheronr – Tom Hodgkins

Herbie – Peter Davison

Louise – Lara Pulver

June – Gemma Sutton

Tulsa – Dan Burton

Yorkers / Pastey – Kieran Jae

L.A. – Roger Dipper

Little Rock – Luke Street

Mr Goldstone / Rich Man-  Jack Chissick

Miss Crachit / Electra – Julie LeGrand

Agnes / Toreadorable – Natalie Woods

Marjorie May / Toreadorable – Clare Halse

Geraldine / Toreadorable – Danielle Morris

Tessie Tura – Anita Louise Combe

Mazeppa – Louise Gold

Dolores / Waitress / Toreadorable – Lauren Hall

Mother/ Stripper / Showgirl – Lucinda Shaw

Swing – Liz Ewing

Swing – Lauren Ingram

Swing – Tom Murphy

Swing – Phillip Catchpole

 

Children’s Ensemble

Flower Girl (Cover Baby June) – Lauren Henson, Katie Mann

Flower Girl (Cover Baby Louise) – Caitlin Garcia, Lara Wass

Balloon Girl – Lucy Billington, Molly Mae Gibson

Boys – Joesph Adams, Henry Austin, Dominic Bryant, Ewan Hawkings, Patrick Lee, Jonah Mitchell, Harvey Pearce, Owen Pennington, Max Robson, and, Alexander Stuckley

 

Understudies

Momma Rose – Louise Gold, Liz Ewing

Louise – Lauren Hall, Lauren Ingram

Herbie – Tom Hodgkins, Tom Murphy

June – Clare Halse, Lauren Hall

Tulsa – Kieran Jae, Phillip Catchpole

Electra – Liz Ewing, Lucinda Shaw

Tessie Tura – Lucinda Shaw, Liz Ewing

Mazeppa – Liz Ewing, Lucinda Shaw

 

Production Team

 Book by  - Arthur Laurents

Music by – Jule Styne

Lyrics by – Stephen Sondheim

Suggested by the memoirs of  - Gypsy Rose Lee

First Original Performance – The Broadway Theatre, 21 May 1959, with Faith Dane (aka Faith Crannitch) as Mazeppa (Note Jane Romano was Merman’s understudy)

First Performance of This Production – Chichester Festival Theatre, 6 October 2014

Director – Jonathan Kent

Choreographer – Stephen Mear

Designer – Anthony Ward

Choreography (You Gotta Get A Gimmick and Time Lapse Transition) – Jerome Robbins

Musical Director/Orchestrator – Nicholas Skilbeck

Lighting Designer – Mark Henderson

Sound Designer – Paul Groothus

Video Designer – Ian William Galloway

Casting Director – Pippa Ailion

Associate Director – Lloyd Wood

Associate Choreographer – Nikki Woollaston

Hair, Wigs and Make-up – Campbell Young Associates

Voice and Dialect Coach – Penny Dyer

 

 

 Chichester

Assistant Director – Jake Smith

Assistant Choreographer – Jane McMurtrie

Associate Orchestrator – Tom Kelly

Assistant Musical Director – Peter White

Associate Video Designer – Leo Flint

Costume Supervisor – Yvonne Milnes

Costume Assistant – Fiona Parker

Props Supervisor – Marcus Hall Props

Children’s Administrator -  Jo Hawes CDG

Production Manager – Andrew Quick

Assistant Production Manager – Andy Hunt

Company Stage Manager – John Caswell

Deputy Stage Manager – Claire Rundle

Assistant Stage Managers – George Cook, and, Andrew Reed

Baby Louise/Baby June Chaperones – Caron Ireland and Misha Rowley

Children’s Ensemble Chaperones – Jenny Beadle, Julie Bird, Jacqueline Hepworth (Head Chaperone), Janette McAlpine, Lesley McGovern, Lyana Peniston, and, Nikki Popkiewicz-Smith

 

Orchestra

Musical Director – Nicholas SkilBeck

Keyboard/Assistant Musical Director – Peter White

Harp/Keyboard – Carys Hughes

Drums – Matt Skelton

Double Bass – Laurence Ungless

Trumpets – Owain Harries, Nick Briggs, and, Dave Hopkin

Tronbones – Jon Stokes, and, Chris Traves

French Horn – Ruth O’Reilly

Alto Saxophone, Fluete, Piccolo, and, Clarinet – Rupert Widdows

Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, and, Flute – Steve Pierce

Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, and, Oboe – Mike Davis

Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and, Bassoon – Jay Craig

Orchestral Management – Andy Barnwell, and, Pete Harrison for Musical Co-ordination Services Ltd

 

Scenery – Bowerwood Production Services

Scenic Artist – Luca Crestani

Stage Engineering – Weld-fab Stage Engineering ltd

Automation – Stage Technologies Ltd

Video Equipment – Stage Sound Services

Sound – Autograph Sound

Production Sound Engineer – Stephen Owen

Lighting Equipment – White Light Ltd

Set Electrics – Junctioninc

Lighting Programmer – Andi Davis

Automation Operators – Adam Morely, and, Jenny Wheeler

Design Assistants – Ben Davies, Isabel Munoz Newsome, and, Tim Mcquillen Wright

Production Carpenters – Stuart Ralph, Martin Gelder, Nick Campbell, and, Simon Black

Props made by – Alex Goacher, Flux Metal, and, Marcus Hall Props

Upholstery by – Paul Harding & Son

Costume Hires – Cosprop, Angels, Academy Costumes

Hat Makers – Mark Wheeler, and, Simon Dawes

Costume Makers – Academy Costumes, Amanda Brothwell, Amanda Barrow, David Plunkett, Anne Nichols, Sue Pearl, Sue Long, Robbie Gordon, Kim Jones, Elsa Threadgold, and, Jane Temple

Shoes – Lewis Jones

Dyeing – Gilly Thompson, and, Jenny Smith

Baton Twirling Tutor – Jade Samways

Transport – Paul Matthew Transport

Rehearsal Pianist – Andy Rapps

Cast Skincare – Dermalogical

Thank You to – Kelly Harris, Lizzie Fordham, Adam Hoskins, Alex Parker, Laura Doye, and, Kirsten Gaze

 

The Savoy Theatre, London

Orchestra

Musical Director – Nichalas Silbeck

Keyboard/Assistant Musical Director – Tom Kelly

Harp/Keyboard – Carys Hughes

Drums – Matt Skelton

Double Bass – Laurence Ungless

Trumpets – Owain Harries, Nick Briggs, and, Dave Hopkin

Trombones – Jon Stokes, and, Chris Traves

French Horn – Ruth O’Reilly

Alto Saxophone, Flute Piccolo, and, Clarinet – Rupert Widdows

Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, and, Flute – Steve Pierce

Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, and, Oboe – Mike Davis

Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and, Bassoon – Jay Craig

Orchestra Management – Andy Barnwell and Pete Harrison for Musical Co-ordination Services Ltd

 

Resident Production Team

Company Manager – Eamonn Byne

Associate Director – Lloyd Wood

Resident Choreographer & Children’s Director – Jane McMurtrie

Stage Manager – John Caswell

Deputy Stage Manager – Claire Rundle

Assistant Stage Managers – Andrew Reed, Kay Sinclair, and, Josh Chalk

Technical ASM – George Cook

Head of Automation – Adam Morely

Automation Deputy – Tom King

Tech Swing – David Evans

Production Number One Sound – Mary Stone

Sound Operator No. 1 – Becky Stockting

Sound Operator No. 2 – Katie Weatherley

Wardrobe Mistresss – Faye Michel Jary

Wardrobe Deputy – Hannah Gibbs

Wardrobe Assistant – Clare Jay

Dressers – Joy Foster, Tanya Aanderaa, Marianne Adams, Sophie Brunskill Martin, and, Keshini Ransinghe

Wigs Mistress – Dianne St James

Wigs Deputy – Lorna Stimson

Wigs Assistant – Henrik Torp

Wigs Dresser – Valentina Nesti

Chaperones – Misha Rowley, Katy Taylor, Kathy Outen, and, Janet O’Connor

Chowsie the Dog – Nessie & Scampi appear courtesy of A1 Animals

 

Savoy Theatre

Area General Manager – Claire Dixon

Theatre Manager – Glenn Cottenen

Deputy Theatre Manager – Michael Anthony Bird

Front of House Manager – Chelsea Williams

Senior Assistants – Rob Coughlan, Alice Mowett, and, Stacey Stone

Ticketing Sales Manager – Mark Armstrong

Box Office Assistants – James Fell, and, Ash Umanee

Master Carpenter – Laurence Smith

Deputy Master Carpenter – James Day

Stage Chargehand – Emma Moore

Chief Electrician – Chris Keniger

Deputy Chief Electrician – Oli Matthews

LX Chargehand – Tamsyn Ross

Boiler & Pluming Supervisor – Simon Warner

Stage Door Keepers – Lea Haslam, and, Kim Hope

Cellar Person – Kel Enders

Housekeeper – Ama Correla

Fire & Security Marshall – Arthur Majloud

 

 For this website’s Review of Gypsy at Chichester please click here.

For this website’s  Review of Gypsy At The Savoy  please click here.

 

At the evening performance on Saturday 29th August 2015, Imelda Staunton was off-sick, so as her understudy Louise Gold played Mamma Rose for that performance.

 

 Louise Gold, Anita Louise Coombe, and, Julie Legrand, along with Lara Pulver represented Gypsy at West End Live 2015, with an excerpt from the show.

 

Louise Gold had previously appeared at The Chichester Festival Theatre in Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It, The Cherry Orchard, The Gondoliers, The Waterbabies, and, Christmas Concerts 2003. She also appeared in Chichester’s Minvera Theatre and bar in: Final Chic Cabaret 2003, and, Curtain Up.

Jimmy Chisholm and Louise Gold had previously appeared together in Our Country’s Good, and, The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Imelda Staunton had previously appeared on television in Up The Garden Path.

Imelda Staunton and Louise Gold both appeared in the film Crush (although not in the same scene).

Kevin Whatley appeared on television in ITV’s 50 Greatest Shows.

Louise Gold and Jane McMurtrie had previously appeared together in Mary Poppins, for which Stephen Mear was Co-Choreographer

Louise Gold and Jane McMurtrie also appeared in a late night gala The Company Of Mary Poppins, which included a few Sondheim songs.

Louise Gold and Billy Hartman have previously appeared together in New Girl In Town.

Philip Catchpole, and, Louise Gold have previously appeared together in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, on which Anthony Ward, and, Mark Henderson also worked.

Philip Catchpole and Louise Gold had previously appeared together in Oliver! on which Anthony Ward, Paul Groothius, Andrew Reed, Steve Pierce, and, Kay Sinclair  also worked..

Philip Catchpole and Louise Gold’s recording credits include Oliver! (Recording), on which Paul Groothius also worked

Jule Styne also wrote the score for Gentleman Prefer Blondes, and, Darling Of The Day.

Stephen Sondheim’s musicals include Merrily We Roll Along (Stage Production), Merrily We Role Along (Recording), Assassins, Side By Side By Sondheim, and, Follies.

Anthony Ward previously did designs for the Original London production of Assassins.

Stephen Sondheim’s work turns up in numerous compilation shows and galas including: Chicago & Company, Broadway To Brighton, Sondheim At The Barbican., Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala, Curtain Up!, Happily Ever After, Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala, and Sondheim Women.

Louise Gold previously sang Mazeppa’s role in You Gotta Get A Gimmick in Side By Side By Sondheim, she also sang Rose’s Turn in Sondheim Women.

Paul Groothius also worked on Comedy Tonight.

Pippa Aillion also appeared in A Week In The West End.

Carys Hughes’s recording credits include Defiant Dames.

Stage Sound Services also provided services for A Love Letter To Dan.

Autograph Sound also worked on: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Touring Production), Anything Goes (Stage Show), A Time To Start Living, and, Follies.

It is not known whether costume maker Robbie Gordon is the same person as the Wardrobe Consultant Robert Gordon on Chicago & Company.

 

In real life the actress June Havoc (on whom the character “Baby June”/”June”) is based on, amongst other things went on to originate the role of Montana in Mexican Heyride. She also originated the title role in Sadie Thompson (after Ethel Merman turned that down), and played a character called Gladys Bumps in the Rogers & Hart musical Pal Joey. In the show a reporter called Melba Snyder (originally played by Elaine Stritch) sings a song called Zip about interviewing Gypsy Rose Lee. In one subsequent revival (in 2008) of that musical the song was reallocated to Gladys!

In the musical Something For The Boys, (the last of the quintet of musicals that Cole Porter wrote for Merman) Blossom Hart, originally played by Ethel Merman (and memorably portrayed in the 1995 Lost Musicals performance by Louise Gold) sang a song called The Leader Of The Big Time Band, which included the lyric “When Cugat comes to tea, with Gypsy Rose, she gets so het up she puts on her clothes…”.  In the fourth musical in that quintet, Panama Hattie, Merman’s character Hattie Maloney, sang a song called I’ve Still Got My Health, which included a lyric about Minsky’s.

 

 

 

Critics Comments

 “It has been cast in strength throughout,…, and the best trio of strippers in Julie Legrand, Louise Gold and Anita Louise Coombe I think I’ve ever seen” Mark Shenton, London Theatre UK, 16 April 2015

  “There are so many intoxicating touches… Louise Gold’s spectacular entrance as Mazepp”… “Gold is an unstoppable force of sheer sexual charisma as Mazeppa).” Stephen Collins, 16 April 2015, British Theatre.com

 “While Louise Gold, Julie Legrand and Anita Louise Coombe are a comic treat as the hard bitten strippers showcasing their gimmicks.” Sarah Hemming, The Financial Times, 17 April 2015.

 “I still think the three burlesque strippers are grotesque caricatures but a quick look at the movie revealed that they are modelled closely on the originals so what do I know” The Daily Express, April 2015

 “Other show highlights include a moonlit dance to All I Need Is A Girl and You Gotta Get A Gimmick performed by a hilarious burlesque trio” Sophia Shlugler, Londonist, 19 April 2015

 “…and there is assured support from Scarlet Roche as a cartwheeling Baby June and Louise Gold, Julie Legrand and Anita Louise Combe as a trio of hardened ecdysiasts.”  Michael Billington, The Guardian, Thursday 16 April 2015

  “whilst Julie Legrand, Anita Louise Combe and Louise Gold bring the house down in ‘You Gotta Get A Gimmick’.” J.M,  So So Gay, 17 April 2015

 “An ecdysiast is a shedder of skin, a definition wittily built into the Laurents script, as are so many details of performance and process. Even the seedy strippers in Wichita get in on the act, laying down a handbook for the art form ("If you wanna bump it, bump it with a trumpet" declares Louise Gold's Wagnerian half-clad horn-blower),” Michael Covaney, Whats On Stage, 16 April 2015

 “But neither is this a one-woman show here – she (Staunton) has been surrounded by a stunning ensemble, including beautiful, fragile performances from Lara Pulver and Gemma Sutton as her daughters, Peter Davison as the patiently devoted Herbie, and a magnificent trio of jaded, down-at-heel strippers played by Julie Legrand, Louise Gold and Anita Louise Combe.” Mark Shenton, The Stage, 15 April 2015

  “As the three old hands with good lines in Gimmicks, the stripper trio of Anita Louise Combe, Louise Gold and Julie Legrand are phenomenal. They completely convince as reluctant friends, all doomed to the same grubby Burlesque life, but delighting in finding ways to make each other happy and miserable. It’s a tremendous team effort from three astute actresses who can belt, shimmy, and grind with the best of them. They don’t fight each other, but work seamlessly together in Gotta Have A Gimmick, a riotous display of Tits And Arse which, quite rightly, brings the house down.” Stephen Collins, British Theatre Com,  16 April 2015

 

Links about Gypsy

Gypsy The Musical’s Official Website: http://gypsythemusical.uk/   and the page with the cast biographies: http://gypsythemusical.uk/whos-who/cast/  

 The Chichester Festival Theatre’s Website Entry for the show: http://www.cft.org.uk/gypsy and for Louise Gold: http://www.cft.org.uk/louisegold

 

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