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Apr. 16 2024

The “mother of all musicals” takes the stage at CTM

By Gavin Witt | Posted in Interviews, Staff Blogs, WBJC Programs | Comments Off on The “mother of all musicals” takes the stage at CTM

Now playing through April 28th at Classic Theatre of Maryland is the beloved Broadway classic from 1959, Gypsy–featuring the music of Jule Styne, the lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, a book by Arthur Laurents, and more familiar standards of the repertoire than you can fit on your workout playlist.

Under the direction of CTM Producing Artistic Director Sally Boyett, Gypsy features a mix of company veterans and assorted newcomers tackling a piece that celebrates the daily grind and stargazing aspirations of performers everywhere; never flinches in probing the tough mother-daughter dynamics that drive the drama; blasts off the roof with rousing numbers and breaks your heart with plaintive ballads; and somehow manages to make audiences’ eyes water with both hilarity and heartbreak.

And to get there, Boyett brags that the production has also found a way to work in a four-legged tap-dancing cow and dares to risk upstaging the cast with not only a child, not only a dog–but multiple children and three dogs!

Listen to our conversation for more thoughts on the piece and the production, then find tickets and other information online at https://classictheatremaryland.org/

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WBJC listeners and Baltimore audiences may know Gavin from his nearly 20 years as dramaturg and associate artistic director at Baltimore Center Stage (in which capacity he was a frequent guest on WBJC to talk about programs and events), or from regular appearances alongside Jonathan Palevsky at the Charles Theater for Cinema Sundays discussions. A director, dramaturg, producer, translator, and adaptor who also teaches on the theater faculty at Towson University, Gavin is a recent addition to the WBJC team and delighted to play this new role.

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