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Gypsy - 2008 Broadway Cast featuring Patti LuPone
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The Encores! production was produced on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. Previews started March 3, 2008, with the official opening March 27. The production closed on January 11, 2009 after 332 performances and 27 previews[1], and featured Patti LuPone (Rose), Boyd Gaines (Herbie), Laura Benanti (Louise) and Leigh Ann Larkin (Dainty June), with Arthur Laurents directing and Bonnie Walker reproducing the original choreography by Jerome Robbins. They are joined by Tony Yazbeck as Tulsa, Marilyn Caskey as Electra, Alison Fraser as Tessie, and Lenora Nemetz as Mazeppa with Sami Gayle as Baby June and Emma Rowley as Baby Louise. The set is designed by James Youmans, costumes by Martin Pakledinaz and lighting by Howell Binkley[2]. On the eve before the final curtain call, Patti Lupone made news when she literally stopped the show to scold a patron for taking illegal photographs during the matinee performance.

New York Times critic Ben Brantley gave the production a rave review, praising LuPone, Laurents and the rest of the principal cast, and describing the characterizations achieved in the production as follows:
"You see, everyone's starved for attention in 'Gypsy.' That craving, after all, is the motor that keeps showbiz puttering along. And Mr. Laurents makes sure that we sense that hunger in everyone.... I was so caught up in the emotional wrestling matches between the characters (and within themselves), that I didn't really think about the songs as songs.... There is no separation at all between song and character, which is what happens in those uncommon moments when musicals reach upward to achieve their ideal reasons to be.[3]"
This production won three Tony Awards[4] and three Drama Desk Awards[5], in each case for the performances by Lupone, Gaines and Benanti.


[1] "GYPSY to Close Early on January 11, 2009" www.broadwayworld.com, December 14, 2008
[2] Gans, Andrew. "Let Them Entertain You: Gypsy, with LuPone, Gaines and Benanti, Arrives on Broadway March 3," www.playbill.com, March 3, 2008
[3] Brantley, Ben. "Curtain Up! It's Patti's Turn", New York Times, March 28, 2008
[4] 2008 Tony Award winners
[5] Gans, Andrew, April 28, 2008, "Drama Desk Nominees Announced; Catered Affair Garners 12 Noms" www.playbill.com Retrieved 4-28-2008

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1. Overture - The Orchestra 2. May We Entertain You - Sami Gayle, Emma Rowley, Patti LuPone 3. Some People - Patti LuPone 4. Seattle to Los Angeles - Patti LuPone 5. Small World - Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines 6. Baby June and her Newsboys/Let Me Entertain You - Sami Gayle, Emma Rowley & Ensemble 7. Have An Eggroll, Mr Goldstone - Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines, Leigh Ann Larkin, Bill Bateman & Ensemble 8. Little Lamb - Laura Benanti 9. You'll Never Get Away From Me - Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines 10. Dainty June and her Farmboys - Leigh Ann Larkin, Ensemble 11. Broadway - Leigh Ann Larkin, Ensemble 12. If Momma Was Married - Leigh Ann Larkin, Laura Benanti 13. All I Need Is The Girl - Tony Yazbeck, Laura Benanti 14. Everything's Coming Up Roses - Patti LuPone 15. Madam Rose's Toreadorables - Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti & Ensemble 16. Together Wherever We Go - Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines, Laura Benanti 17. You Gotta Get A Gimmick - Alison Fraser, Marilyn Caskey, Lenora Nemetz 18. The Strip - Jim Bracchitta, Alison Frazer, Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone & Ensemble 19. Rose's Turn - Patti LuPone 20. (Bonus track) Tomorrow's Mother's Day - Sami Gayle, Emma Rowley 21. (Bonus track) Mother's Day (Alternate Version) - Sami Gayle 22. (Bonus track) Small World/Momma's Talkin' Soft - Patti LuPone, Sami Gayle, Emma Rowley, Boyd Gaines 23. (Bonus track) Nice She Ain't - Boyd Gaines 24. (Bonus track) Smile, Girls - Patti LuPone 25. (Bonus track) Who Needs Him? - Patti LuPone 26. (Bonus track) Three Wishes for Christmas - Tony Yazbeck, Ensemble







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