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March 20, 2008

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UT Tyler to Present Tony-Award Winning 'Gypsy'

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The famed Broadway musical “Gypsy” will perform to a near-sold-out crowd at The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, Susan Thomae-Morphew, Cowan Center director, announced.

The production will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26. Some content not suitable or young audiences.

Sponsored by Mary and Bob Irwin, this is the last production of the Broadway Series this season. Media sponsors are KLTV, East Texas Radio Group and Lamar Advertising.

Remaining tickets are $26 and are available at the UT Tyler Cowan Center box office or online at www.CowanCenter.org. Box office hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To reach the box office, call 903.566.7424.

“Broadway musicals don’t get much better than ‘Gypsy,’ and we’re excited to present this to our audience,” said Thomae-Morphew.

Based on the memoirs of entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee, this is the story of a quintessential stage mother, her dreams for herself and her daughters and the daughter who dares to live her own dream, Thomae-Morphew added.

Mama Rose is determined to make her girls the stars of vaudeville. She favors her younger daughter, June, who headlines the act, while Louise is relegated to the chorus. Rose’s attention eventually turns to her older daughter, but it is Louise herself who discovers her own talent, and becomes a bigger star than Rose ever dreamed possible.    

Set against the freewheeling days of vaudeville and burlesque, “Gypsy” explores ambition, jealousy, family relationships and the bittersweet loss of innocence.

It features some of the biggest songs in Broadway history, including “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Together, Wherever We Go,” and “Let Me Entertain You.”

“Gypsy” was crafted by three masters of American musical theater. Arthur Laurents wrote the book, Jule Styne wrote music and Stephen Sondheim wrote lyrics.

The original production, starring Ethel Merman as Mama Rose and directed by Jerome Robbins, was an instant hit when it opened at the Broadway Theatre in 1959. 

Subsequent revivals garnered a total of three Tony Awards® and featured such talents as Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly and Bernadette Peters in the role of Mama Rose.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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