Imelda Staunton’s Gypsy heading for Broadway

Imelda Staunton concluded her sell-out run as Rose in Gypsy at the West End’s Savoy Theatre Nov. 28 to a series of standing ovations, including mid-performance at the end of ‘Rose’s Turn.’

GYPSY by Sondheim, ;          , Music - Stephen Sondheim, based on book by Arthur Laurents, Director - Jonathan Kent, Choreography - Stephen Mear, Designer - Anthony Ward, Lighting - Mark Henderson,  The Savoy Theatre, London, 2015,  Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com

GYPSY by Sondheim, ; , Music – Stephen Sondheim, based on book by Arthur Laurents, Director – Jonathan Kent, Choreography – Stephen Mear, Designer – Anthony Ward, Lighting – Mark Henderson, The Savoy Theatre, London, 2015, Credit: Johan Persson – www.perssonphotography.com

Her performance has already been caught on both CD and video (recorded in October for a Christmas showing on BBC television). But now lead producer Michael Harrison has revealed that Staunton’s journey with the show may not yet be over.

In a press interview lead producer Michael Harrison commented, “We are actively pursuing and trying to work out the right way to go to New York with Imelda in Gypsy.”

Staunton has already won the U.K Theatre Award and Evening Standard Theatre Awards for Best Musical Performance. Still to come are the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards (in January) and the Laurence Olivier Awards in April.

Broadway has seen two Gypsy revivals in the 21st century: Bernadette Peters’ production in 2003 and Patti LuPone’s in 2008. Neither was financially successful.