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Opening Night for “Gypsy,” Friday, October 18

Sean Kelly, who plays “Herbie” in Gypsy, talks about the challenges of the role and the timelessness of this beloved musical

The musical Gypsy, featuring music by Jules Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, comes to Hofstra’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse, October 18-27, 2013. The book by Arthur Laurents tells the story of “the ultimate show business mother,” set backstage on the vaudeville and burlesque circuits of the 1920s and 30s. Filled with an array of wonderful songs, such as “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Let Me Entertain You,” and “Together, Wherever We Go,” Gypsy is considered by many critics to be one of the greatest musicals of all time.

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Herbie (Sean Kelly) reveals that he has booked Rose’s act on the Orpheum circuit.

Director and Professor of Drama James J. Kolb writes, “Although the musical is called Gypsy, it is actually focused principally on the mother, Rose, and her relationship with, and attempted domination of, her two daughters … Deprived of a chance to have a career of her own Rose became a horrific stage mother who sought career, success, and wealth through the manipulation of her children.”

Rose hits the vaudeville circuit with her daughters, Louise and June, three boys she kidnaps for their act and Herbie, the salesman who loves her and who hopes they will someday settle into a normal, stable life. Rose’s story and dreams come to an end when Louise takes back control of her career and her life as the sensational stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.

Rita McCann as Rose and Sean Kelly as Herbie
Rita McCann as Rose and Sean Kelly as Herbie

Show times for Gypsy are Friday, October 18 and 25, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, October 19 and 26, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, October 20 and 27, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 for senior citizens (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra students with ID. Members of the Hofstra community may receive up to two free tickets upon presentation of a current Hofstra Card.

Tickets may be purchased online at  Tickets are also available at the John Cranford Adams Box Office at (516) 463-6644, Monday through Friday, 11:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Available tickets will also be sold at the Playhouse, starting 90 minutes before each performance.

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