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Cincinnati Music Theatre Announces Gypsy

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From the first trumpet blast of its legendary Overture to the last white hot spotlight, Gypsy is considered by many to be “the best damn musical ever.” Cincinnati Music Theatre is proud to present a 50th Anniversary production of this classic musical as the final production of their 2008-09 season.

Gypsy opens May 8 at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center for the Arts and runs through May 16. Tickets are available at the CAA Ticket Office at the Aronoff Center, online at www.cincinnatiarts.org and by phone at 513-621-ARTS (2787). Or obtain a mail/FAX order form to order tickets atwww.cincinnatimusictheatre.org.

This kaleidoscope of life in the theatre during the 1920s tells the backstage tale of vaudeville entertainer turned stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and her domineering, overbearing mother, Rose, as Rose battles stage directors, theatre owners and hotel managers in her efforts to push her two daughters toward stardom during the dying days of vaudeville.

This musical fable was created by three theatrical giants. The book is by two-time Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents, with music by two-time Tony Award winner Jule Styne and lyrics by multiple Tony Award winner Stephen Sondheim. The legendary score boasts such classics as Everything’s Coming Up Roses, Together Wherever We Go, Let Me Entertain You, and Some
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Gypsy is directed by Skip Fenker who has previously guided CMT’s award-winning productions of Chicago, La Cage and Mame, among others. It is produced by Kathy Beiting and Dave Zlatic, who, between them, have produced dozens of previous CMT shows to great success. The production features musical direction by Kendra Struthers, the first female to conduct the CMT
orchestra in its 46 year history. Choreography is by JV Katz, whose work has been previously seen in CMT’s Follies, Sound of Music and South Pacific.

A cast of outstanding local talent is lead by CEA /Orchid Award winner Pamela Kay Day, in the role of a lifetime, as Rose. She is joined by another CEA / Orchid Award winner Wayne Wright as Herbie and Susan Jung as Louise/Gypsy. NKU students Heather Roush and Derek Johnson appear as Dainty June and Tulsa respectively. This large company of thirty six also boasts the talents of such local favorites as Bill Hartnett, Danny Davies, Brian Berendts and David Park.

Performance Schedule:
Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 10 at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 15 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 16 at 8 p.m.

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