Last night was opening night of Gypsy at The Muny. My first time seeing this particular show and I was not disappointed. The Muny never disappoints. I’ve loved attending the shows this season and being able to share with all of you my thoughts. The Muny’s Gypsy was quite the musical performance. While there are some adult themes, it’s a witty and thought provoking musical that carries with it a broad spectrum of emotions.
I had to smile at the reference to Cracker Jacks at the start of Gypsy. Herbie (the girl’s agent and love interest for their mother) sold the treat for a time. Read on to find out who these characters are and all about the emotions that you will experience while watching this musical.
The Many Emotions Of The Muny’s Gypsy
Gypsy is a production full of so many different emotions. It’s the story of a mother named Rose who so desperately wanted her youngest daughter June to be famous. Her obsession with fame ultimately pushes that daughter away and then she turned her sights to her older daughter Louise. Experience some of the emotions below and catch a glimpse of The Muny’s Gypsy storyline below…
You’ll laugh that as the kids in the group age the performances stay exactly the same. There’s also so many comical parts where June is trying so hard to be a star. At the same time, Louise is always playing second fiddle to her little sister and, sad as it may be, that leads to much comedy as well.
The chemistry between Rose and Herbie is evident. I wasn’t surprised to learn that the actor and actress are in a relationship in real life!
It’s hard not to feel bad for Rose. She is a woman who was “born too soon and started too late”. Her life has been difficult and all she wants is for her daughters to be the star she could have been.
The amount of pressure put on the girls from their mother is very sad. She’s driving them to succeed but at a major cost. It’s also sad that Louise is playing the parts that no one else wants; a cow, etc.
Louise is constantly trying to please her mother. In the process she does become a star but the type that was never intended. She becomes Gypsy Rose all in the pursuit to make her mother happy.
This Muny magic is definitely a must see!
You can catch The Muny’s Gypsy until August 2nd. For tickets and more information visit muny.org or call (314) 361-1900.