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.