Gypsy is a 1959 musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents. Gypsy is based on the memoirs of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee published in 1957 .
It focuses on Gypsy’s mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with “the ultimate show business mother”, thanks to the influence of the musical. Rose had one dream: to give her daughters the future she never had - one of a star performer. The musical explores the complexity of show business life; the character of Louise is based on Gypsy Rose Lee herself, and the character of June is based on Lee’s sister June Havoc.
The musical contains many songs that became eternal hits, including "Everything's Coming up Roses", "Together (Wherever We Go)", "Small World", "You Gotta Get a Gimmick", "Let Me Entertain You", "All I Need Is the Girl" and "Rose's Turn".
Gypsy has been referred to as one of the greatest American musicals by numerous critics and writers.
Gypsy staged by MESS theater premiered in Moscow on October 16, 2012. The last show took place on March 30, 2014 on the GITIS theater stage.