Festival Theatre to celebrate its 20 year anniversary with the production of The Greatest American Musical GYPSY! July 16-25, 2010.

New Bedford Festival Theatre, celebrates its 20th anniversary of “Bringing The Best Of Broadway” to southern New England, byl presenting the exclusive production of GYPSY – called the best musical ever created – at New Bedford’s Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, July 16-25, 2010 for 7 performances.

GYPSY tells the story of the quintessential stage mother, Mama Rose, her dreams for herself and her two daughters, and the daughter who dared live her own dream.

Based on the memoirs of entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee, GYPSY tells the story of Rose who is determined to make her daughters stars of vaudeville and in doing so looses one and makes a star of the other while leaving her own ambitions and dreams unfulfilled.

Set against the the freewheeling days of and burlesque, GYPSY explores the ambition, jealousy, family relationships, and bittersweet loss of innocence.

Written by three American musical theatre icons: Arthur Laurents (Book), Jule Styne (music), and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics), GYPSY features some of the greatest songs in Broadway history: “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Together, Wherever We Go,” and “You Gotta Have a Gimmick.”

GYPSY, referred to as the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers, will be directed and choreographed by Michael Susko, musical supervision will be by Juan Rodriguez, artistic direction by George Charbonneau and produced by Armand Marchand.

Internationally renowned singer actress, Sue Mathys, will assail the role of “Mama Rose” and will offer Festival Theatre audiences the opportunity to hear one of the most acclaimed voices on the stage today.

Produced with gorgeous sets, costumes, and full orchestra, staples of all Festival Theatre productions, GYPSY will be a fitting tribute to musical theatre and the perfect celebration of Festival Theatre’s 20th anniversary.

Tickets for GYPSY will be available at the Zeiterion box office (508.994.2900)