Beth Leavel, who won a Tony for her performance in the title role of The Drowsy Chaperone and will be seen later this season in the new Broadway musical The Prom, plays ultimate stage mother Rose in the St. Louis Muny production of Gypsy, which continues through August 2.
Leavel is joined by her offstage (and frequently onstage) partner Adam Heller as Herbie, plus Jennifer Cody, Ann Harada, and Ellen Harvey as strippers Tessie Tura, Electra, and Mazeppa. Cody also plays Miss Cratchitt.
In the video above Leavel can be seen performing an impassioned “Rose’s Turn” as well as “Some People,” “Small World,” and “You'll Never Get Away from Me.” Cody, Harada, and Harvey also impress with the show-stopping “You Gotta Get a Gimmick.”
In the video below Leavel belts out the Act 1 finale, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.”
The classic showbiz tale of a domineering mother and a wallflower who becomes the country's best-known burlesque artist plays the outdoor venue with direction by Rob Ruggiero, choreography by Ralph Perkins, and music direction by James Moore.
The cast also includes Julia Knitel as Louise, Hayley Podschun as Dainty June, Kip Niven as Pop/Cigar/Philadelphia Announcer, Drew Redington as Tulsa, Michael James Reed as Weber/Bourgeron-Cochon/Detroit Announcer, Lara Teeter as Uncle Jocko/Phil/Minsky’s Announcer, Elise Edwards as Baby Louise, and Amelie Lock as Baby June.
The ensemble is comprised of Kevin Curtis, Meghan Faddis, Ciara Alyse Harris, Haley Holcomb, Zachary Daniel Jones, Chris Kelley, Evan Kinnane, Katie Pohlman, Jack Sippel, Gabi Stapula, Daryl Tofa, and Keaton Whittaker with the Muny Kid youth ensemble.
The production also has scenic design by Luke Cantarella, costume design by Amy Clark, lighting design by John Lasiter, sound design by John Shivers and David Patridge, video design by Nathan W. Scheuer, wig design by Leah J. Loukas, with production stage manager Shawn Pennington.
For more information, visit Muny.org or call (314) 361-1900.