Archive: Gypsy

November 20, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Preview November 19

sponsorsThe Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre
Marjorie Arenstein Stage
at Virginia Rep Center   Free Parking

Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee

Gypsy cast

Robyn O’Neill as Mama Rose
Chris Hietikko as Herbie
and Christie Jackson as Louise

Direction by Chase Kniffen
Choreography by Leslie Owens Harrington
Music Direction by Jose Simbulan

"Gypsy Spices up the Holidays with Sparkle, Shimmer, and Shine"

Richmond Family Magazine

"Rousing... O’Neill belting to beat the band"

STYLE Weekly

"Brassy Mama Rose shines"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"O’Neill is fantastic"
"She possesses a gorgeous, clear, voice and commands the stage"
"A true and treasured piece of Americana."


"A joy from beginning to end!"


"MUST see... assured to have you walking out singing and smiling!"

Macaroni Kid Richmond

A crowning achievement in American musical theatre, Gypsy tells the story of Mama Rose, the ultimate stage mother, and her hopes and dreams for her daughters, June and Louise. As the lights of Vaudeville are dimming, Louise steps into the spotlight as Gypsy Rose Lee and rises to become one of the most famed burlesque performers of all time. Just like Mama Rose, Gypsy is brassy, bold and sexy. Press Release
Two hours and fifty minutes, including intermission

Student Matinees

Quirk Hotel and Virginia Rep partner on a special Gypsy Package.


"Playing Mama Rose in Gypsy the fullfillment of actress' lifelong dream"

"Everything's Coming Up Roses! Virginia Rep to Open GYPSY This Month"

Broadway World

Four Thoughts Pre-Show Discussions

Experts share four thoughts and ideas about the production to give context to the play. All events take place at the November Theatre 30 minutes before the performance. Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

  • Sunday, December 27 - With Artistic Director, Bruce Miller


With affection and respect—and just a soupçon of theatrical flourish—we dedicate this production to the memory of Ron Grubbs, lifelong theatre enthusiast, practitioner, and friend. For over a half century, Ron used his “after work” hours to enhance professional theatre throughout our community. In the early 70s, he appeared in the Barksdale Workshop production of Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly, Last Summer, and originated the role of Benjamin Harrison in the Patrick Henry Reenactment at St. John’s Church. With his late wife Beverly, he was a ticket buyer and donor from sometime in the 60s until his death on Oct. 27. We miss you, Ron, and we’ll do our best to nurture what you loved forever.