“Gypsy,” the musical about the ultimate stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success while yearning for her place on the spotlight, and belting out Merman-esque tunes along the way, opens an 11-show run on July 14 at Sonoma’s Andrews Hall.
The ambitious Sonoma Arts Live production, directed by Michael Ross with a large cast of singers and dancers, includes the well-known tunes (written by Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne) “Let Me Entertain You” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.”
Dani Innocenti-Beem reprises her role as the ultimate stage mother, having done it in 2013 at Novato Theater company, as is Danielle DeBow who starred as “Gypsy” Rose Lee at Missouri Street Theater.
Set in the 1920’s, “this show explores the world of two-bit show business with brass, humor, heart, and sophistication”, says SAL Executive Artistic Director Jaime Love, who also acts in the show. “It also offers so many opportunities for dancers and singers. I’m excited to share the wealth of talent we have in this area, of all ages.”
Ross is a theater veteran, having directed show at Spreckels, Sixth Street, and Lucky Penny.
“I am so excited to bring this iconic piece of American Musical Theater to the Sonoma audience,” said Ross (shown with Love, above). “To be able to work with this incredibly talented cast makes the experience even more of a pleasure.”
The team includes musical direction by John Partridge, and choreographed by Michella Snider.
The cast is led by award-winners Dani Innocenti Beem as Rose, Danielle DeBow in the role of her daughter “Gypsy” Rose Lee, and Tim Setzer as Herbie.
The production runs July 14-16, 20-23, 27-30, with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall, Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street in Sonoma. Sonomaartslive.org. 866.710.8942.
To learn more about this show, and the story behind its creation, Sonoma Arts Live offers a lecture for each show, led by SAL Board Chair and Company Dramaturg Mary Kay Gamel. This series continues with “Let Sondheim Entertain You,” on Wednesday, July 12, 6 p.m. at the Sonoma Public Library.
Rehearsal photos taken July 8 at Andrews Hall