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Audra McDonald to Lead Broadway Revival of Gypsy

After much speculation, it was officially revealed today that six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will return to Broadway this fall, taking on the legendary role of Rose in Gypsy.

This upcoming revival will be directed by the legendary five-time Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe. Gypsy features a book by Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents, music by Tony and Academy Award winner Jule Styne, and lyrics by Tony, Grammy, Academy Award, and Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Sondheim.

The choreography will be by four-time Tony Award nominee Camille A. Brown. Additional casting and creative team members will be announced at a later date.

Audra McDonald to star in <i>Gypsy</i> on Broadway.
Audra McDonald will star in Gypsy on Broadway.

“When we began this journey we had the specific dream of pairing Audra McDonald, our most lauded stage actress, with legendary director George C. Wolfe in a musical deemed by many to be the greatest. Sometimes the theatre gods smile upon us. This is one such time. We could not be more honored to bring this particular Gypsy to the Broadway stage and also include the singular Camille A. Brown as part of our creative team,” said producers Tom Kirdahy and Mara Isaacs.

Performances will begin Thursday, November 21, 2024, at Broadway’s newly renovated Majestic Theatre and will open on Thursday, December 19, 2024.

According to The New York Times, “Audra McDonald has become to the American theater what Meryl Streep is to film — a star of unstinting polish and versatility. Ms. McDonald embosses any production in which she appears with a good-value guarantee.” Gypsy reunites George C. Wolfe, whom The New Yorker calls “a titan of the American theatre,” with Audra McDonald, after their collaboration on the 2016 Tony-nominated production of Shuffle Along, or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. The Tony Awards Administration Committee recently announced that this June, George C. Wolfe will receive the 2024 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre.

Since Gypsy premiered on Broadway in 1959, starring Ethel Merman, many of the greatest performers in Broadway history have taken on the iconic role of “Rose”: Angela Lansbury in 1974, Tyne Daly in 1989, Bernadette Peters in 2003, and Patti LuPone in 2008. Now… it’s Audra’s turn.

Tickets for Gypsy go on sale Thursday, May 30, 2024.

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