People in musicals break into song at the drop of a hat, especially if that's their cue to sing, "Hats Are Falling Off All Over (Ain't It Windy?)." Doff your cap to this GrouponLive deal.
- $18 for one ticket to see Sunnyvale Community Players Present: Gypsy (up to $30 value)
- When: September 12–October 5; choose a showtime upon purchase.
- Where: Sunnyvale Theatre at the Sunnyvale Community Center
- General admission
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
The stage mother is an archetype as old as entertainment itself—or at least as old as the 1920s, the era that gave birth to Gypsy’s indelible version. Steely matron Rose pushes her daughters—reserved Louise and bubbly June—into show business as vaudeville performers. As the vaudeville circuit begins to die off and shepherds began demanding their crooks back, Rose relentlessly hones their act and seeks out ever-greater opportunities. After June elopes, Louise is left to bear the full weight of her mother’s ambitions and transforms herself into world-famous burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee.
Inspired by the memoirs of the real Gypsy Rose Lee—and brought to the stage with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim—Gypsy refuses to shy away from the darker side of show business. Louise assumes her onstage persona during a striptease to “Let Me Entertain You,” which grows more and more aggressive with the entrance of cymbal crashes and woozy horns. This brassiness characterizes many of the tunes in Gypsy—in “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” where the music’s bouncy optimism counterpoints faintly bullying lyrics such as “I had a dream about you, baby / It’s going to come true, baby.”
Sunnyvale Community Players
Up to four large-scale productions a year. Three hundred cast, crew, and orchestra members. Eight thousand rapt faces in the audience over the course of a season. Sunnyvale Community Players has been maintaining these impressive stats for nearly 50 years with an all-volunteer staff. Through a lineup of crowd-pleasing and thought-provoking musicals, directors give local performers ages 8 through adult a chance to hone their chops onstage as they entertain Silicon Valley residents and their pocket robots.
Sunnyvale Theatre at the Sunnyvale Community Center
550 E Remington Dr
Sunnyvale, California 94087