THEATER: “Gypsy: A Musical Fable” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, 3/21/14

March 25th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Gypsy: A Musical Fable tells the story of Mama Rose (played by Mary Callanan), the ultimate stage mother, during the waning days of Vaudeville. (Photo: Joe Schuyler)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Joseph Schuyler

The splendid production of “Gypsy” currently on the boards at Capital Repertory Theatre is a glorious throw-back to the golden days of Broadway. It’s old-school through and through, and that’s a compliment. There are fabulous songs by the team of Julie Styne & Stephen Sondheim, plenty of snappy dancing (thanks to choreographer/actor Freddy Ramirez), some very comical scenes and an array of marvelous, often glittering costumes (courtesy of Denise Massman).

“Let Me Entertain You” is one of several show-stopping tunes from the show, and Cap Rep’s production certainly does that – but it also does so much more.

Yes, you will likely leave the theater at the end of the show humming one of the tunes – there are an abundance of them and many are instantly recognizable. But make no mistake about it, “Gypsy” is a dark tale about a desperately dysfunctional family, a dream deferred and the devastating effects of blind ambition. And while it doesn’t end in tragedy, it’s far from a feel-good musical.

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May 10th, 2009, 5:00 pm by Greg

(no label, 2009): OK, this one threw me. I was expecting some crazed hoedowns or at least some rough, ragged backporch romps from a group with a name like this.

cover_ghostsAh, but no.

Instead, 25-year-old Gypsy Dave Washousky serves up a restrained brand of country-tinged folk made for pondering rather than do-si-do-ing. The Stumpjumpers (classically trained fiddler Lisa Joseph and bassist-harmony vocalist Ryan Nageotte) do just fine on these twelve original songs, and co-producer Will Kimbrough manages to beef up their sound just a bit on this, the band’s sophomore album.

Still I wish they’d really just cut loose once in a while. Either that, or change the name of the band.

Gypsy Dave Washousky and the Stumpjumpers

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