Studio Tenn’s 15/16 “Season of Mid-century Masters” opens with the textbook example of a musical theatre masterpiece, “Gypsy.”

Widely regarded as the best “book musical” ever written for its thorough integration of music, plot and characters, “Gypsy” follows bombastic “Mama” Rose Hovick who will stop at nothing to make her two daughters, Louise and June, into Vaudeville stars. Performances run September 17 – October 4 in Jamison Hall at The Factory at Franklin. Tickets are on sale now at

“Gypsy” is loosely based on the memoirs of real-life burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, adapted for stage by Arthur Laurents (book), Jule Styne (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics). The show debuted on Broadway in 1959 to much acclaim and has been hailed by New York Times theatre critics as “one of the most enduring creations of the American theater” and “the kind of revival we cannot have too much of.”

In this video, you will hear from Jake Spake, Producer for “Gypsy” who says that “Gypsy” is “hysterically funny.” Matt Logan, Creative Director, explains that “Gypsy” is all about coming of age.  You will just have to watch  the video to hear more Speck and  Logan along with Nan Gurley.


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