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Further cast announced for Gypsy at the Savoy
Further casting has been announced for the eagerly anticipated Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy which will open at London's Savoy Theatre on 15 April 2015, following previews from 28 March 2015 starring Imelda Staunton as Rose.
Joining the previously announced Lara Pulver as Louise and Peter Davison as Herbie will be Gemma Sutton as June and Dan Burton as Tulsa.
They will be joined by a full company that includes Billy Hartman (Uncle Jocko), Jack Chissick (Mr Goldstone), Anita Louise Combe (Tessie Tura), Harry Dickman (Pop), Lucinda Shaw (Mother), Roger Dipper (L.A), Louise Gold (Mazeppa), Clare Halse (Majorie May), Tom Hodgkins (Mr Weber), Kieran Jae (Yonkers), Julie Legrand (Electra), Danielle Morris (Geraldine), Luke Street (Little Rock), Damien Poole (Kansas), Lauren Hall (Delores) and Natalie Woods (Agnes).
Ensemble members include Liz Ewing, Lauren Ingram, Tom Murphy and Phillip Catchpole with the roles of Baby June and Baby Louise yet to be announced.
Featuring music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur Laurents, this classic Broadway musical has not been seen in London's West End for 40 years.
The production opened to rave reviews in October 2014, bolstering rumours of a West End transfer: "Imelda Staunton delivers a knock-out performance" (The Independent); "The most exciting thing I have seen on a stage" (The Times); " a dazzling revival" (Mail on Sunday).
"Based on the true life memoirs of legendary burlesque entertainer, Gypsy Rose Lee, it tells the tale of Momma Rose and her two daughters, Baby June and Louise, trekking across America in their family vaudeville act. But times are changing, audiences are expecting more, and the two girls have their own ambitions in mind. The rise of burlesque is upon them, and nothing will ever be the same again for Momma Rose."
Directed by Jonathan Kent, the production features choreography by Stephen Mear, designs by Anthony Ward, and musical direction by Nicholas Skilbeck. Lighting design is by Mark Henderson and sound by Paul Groothuis.
Gypsy is produced in the West End by Michael Harrison and David Ian.