Tony Award-winning actress Beth Leavel will star as Rose in The Muny’s 2018 production of Gypsy, July 27 – August 2. The Muny’s production of Gypsy is directed by Rob Ruggiero and choreographed by Ralph Perkins with music direction by James Moore.
“At the opening night party of Bandstand on Broadway, I asked Beth to give me a gift and to play Mama Rose at The Muny for our epic 100th season,” said Muny Artistic Director and Executive Producer Mike Isaacson. “If memory serves, the reply was ‘Yes, please.’ Beth is a miraculous musical theatre artist, and beloved by The Muny audience for her many great performances on this stage. Can’t wait.”
BETH LEAVEL (Rose) received Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and L.A. Drama Critics awards for her performance as the title character in The Drowsy Chaperone. Other Broadway: Florence Greenberg in Baby It’s You! (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations); Bandstand, Elf, Mamma Mia!; Young Frankenstein, 42nd Street (original & revival), Crazy for You, The Civil War, Show Boat. She recently starred in the world premiere of Prom at Alliance Theatre, slated for Broadway in the fall of 2018. Numerous credits off-Broadway, regional theatre, commercials and television including the Paper Mill Playhouse production of The Bandstand. MFA from University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Beth’s Muny credits include: inaugural Muny Magic featured artist (2015), Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! (2015); Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly! (2014); Sister Robert Anne in Nunsense: Muny Style! (2013); Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2012), Miss Hannigan in Annie (2009), Vera Charles in Mame (2005), Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street (2004), Betty Rizzo in Grease (1988) and served as an understudy for some of the greatest leading ladies in 1983: Judy Kaye in Can-Can; Lucie Arnaz in I Do! I Do!; Lynn Redgrave in The King and I and Susan Powell in Promises, Promises.