There’s new biography of Gypsy Rose Lee. Karen Abbott has written a book about this extraordinary entertainer. Her book is: "American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare, The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee." You can hear or read the interview Scott Simon did with the author yesterday on Weekend Edition. I particularly liked his intro: To say that Gypsy Rose Lee was a stripper is a bit like calling Frank Sinatra a saloon singer.
So today we are listening to Gypsy, the story of how Louise became Gypsy Rose Lee. This is the original cast recording, with Ethel Merman as Mama Rose, Jack Klugman as Herbie, Lane Bradbury as June (who became June Havoc) and Sandra Church as Louise.
Based on: Gypsy: A Memoir by Gypsy Rose Lee
Book: Arthur Laurents
Music: Jule Styne
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim