Seasoned actors can convey subtle emotions to the back row, even through their two-man horse costume. Watch pros at work with this GrouponLive deal to see Gypsy at Seattle Musical Theatre at Magnuson Park. For $20, you get one ticket for seating in rows L–R in the center section or rows L–U in the left or right sections at any performance between Friday, April 26, and Sunday, May 19 (up to a $43.50 value, including all fees). Shows are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday–Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.
Stage moms are nothing new. Reality TV captures mothers thrusting their toddlers into the beauty-pageant limelight in an attempt to fulfill their own faded dreams of stardom. But cases such as these go even further back in the annals of history. Gypsy presents the first, and certainly most famous, depiction of the stage mom.
Although it was inspired by the memoirs of Seattle's own famous burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee, the real star of this Sondheim musical is the dancer's mother, Rose, who lugged a young Gypsy and her sister across the country in a touring vaudeville show. Rose's motivations are laced with both love and selfishness, which prompted the New York Times to label her "one of the few truly complex characters in the American musical." Her dueling outlooks regarding her daughters clash head-on at the end of Act I in "Everything's Coming Up Roses," when she bullies the future by singing "I had a dream about you, baby / It's going to come true, baby."
The musical offers no clear-cut answer to whether or not Rose's dream comes true for her and her family. Instead, the audience is left to decide for themselves as they watch shy daughter Louise transform into her on-stage persona of Gypsy during the striptease to "Let Me Entertain You." The song starts off demurely but grows more and more aggressive with the entrance of cymbal crashes and woozy horns to symbolize Gypsy's metamorphosis. This brassiness characterizes many of the tunes in Gypsy, which are both entertaining and hard-hitting due to the story's refusal to shy away from the darker side of show business.
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Seattle Musical Theatre at Magnuson Park
Originally founded as the Civic Light Opera, Seattle Musical Theatre at Magnuson Park has produced over 150 musical productions and provided theatre education for over 35 years. The company has gradually regrown its roots to take on American musicals both classic and esoteric. Located at scenic, 350-acre Magnuson Park, which sits along the shoreline of Lake Washington, Seattle Musical Theatre is spacious, with 400 seats, and has ample free parking available. In its 35 seasons, the company has premiered a number of shows in the northwest, including rarely seen productions such as 110 in the Shade.