Broadway hit Gypsy brings down 2012 curtain at The Criterion

Friday 30 November 2012 Updated: 06/12 11:52

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A BROADWAY musical based on the memoirs of famous burlesque stripper Gypsy Rose Lee is the final production of 2012 at The Criterion Theatre in Earlsdon.

Gypsy tells the story of Rose, an overbearing stage mother who is determined to break into the big time by pushing the vaudeville career of her younger daughter June.

However, unwilling to tolerate her mother's manipulations, June elopes with a dancer. Rose then turns all of her attentions to her older and less talented daughter Louise who she successfully transforms into a famous burlesque stripper

But Rose quickly suffers a mental breakdown after realising she is no longer needed in her daughter's career.

Featuring Julie Styne's music and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics, it ran for three years from 1959 at Broadway Theatre and was made into a film in 1963 and a TV movie in 1993 before its Broadway revival in 1974 and again in 1989.

It opens this Saturday for a week-long run at The Criterion Theatre on Berkeley Road South in Earlsdon.

Performances are at 7.30pm nightly with a 2.30pm matinée on Saturday, December 15.

Tickets are priced £7.50 for members, £9.50 for non-members and £5 for under 16s.

They are on sale from the box office on 7667 5175, online at www.criteriontheatre.co.uk or by calling the 24 hour voicemail booking line on 05601 277975.

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