Everything Is Coming Up Audra this Fall on Broadway


It was announced today that Audra McDonald, winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards and an Emmy Award, named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in 2015 and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama, will star as Rose in a new Broadway production of "Gypsy," taking on what is widely regarded as the greatest role in musical theater.

The upcoming revival will be directed by legendary five-time Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe and choreographed by four-time Tony Award nominee Camille A. Brown, with additional casting and creative team members to be announced at a later date. "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. Producers are Tom Kirdahy, Mara Isaacs, Kevin Ryan, Diane Scott Carter, Peter May, and Thomas M. Neff.

Performances will begin November 21, 2024 at Broadway's newly renovated Majestic Theatre, with an opening date of December 19, 2024. Watch a teaser trailer for the production below. Tickets go on sale May 30 via telecharge.com.

Producers Tom Kirdahy and Mara Isaacs commented: "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 theater 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."

The New York Times declares, "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 her with "titan of the American theatre" (New Yorker) George C. Wolfe, 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 in June of this year, Wolfe will receive the 2024 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre.

Playing the role of Rose in "Gypsy," McDonald joins an illustrious roster that includes some of the greatest performers in Broadway history. Since Ethel Merman starred in the 1959 Broadway premiere, the role has been played by Angela Lansbury in 1974, Tyne Daly in 1989, Bernadette Peters in 2003, and Patti LuPone in 2008. After the premiere, Kenneth Tynan raved in the New Yorker that the show "tapers off from perfection in the first act to mere brilliance in the second." In 1974, Clive Barnes wrote in the New York Times: "Everything about 'Gypsy' is right. The Jule Styne score has a lilt and a surprise to it. The music bounces out of the pit, assertive, confident, and cocky, and has a love affair with Stephen Sondheim's elegantly paced, daringly phrased lyrics. And then there is the book by Arthur Laurents. Rose is possibly one of the few truly complex characters in the American musical." Frank Rich's 1989 New York Times review, calling the show "Broadway's own brassy, unlikely answer to King Lear," added: "It cannot be done without a powerhouse performance in its marathon parental role."

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