Gypsy – Show Guidelines

Set in the 1920’s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, Gypsy is the timeless tale of the dreams and efforts of an ambitious stage mother, Momma Rose, fighting for her two daughters’ success…while secretly yearning for her own. A musical about life in the theatre, it is most suitable for young theatre enthusiasts and their adult chaperones.

A beloved, oft-revived 1950s Broadway classic, Gypsy has featured a host of legendary leading ladies over the years, including Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Patti Lupone, and more.

With a book by Academy Award-winner Arthur Laurents and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Stephen Sondheim, Gypsy features countless showstoppers, including “Let Me Entertain You,” and “Together, Wherever We Go.”

The words hell and damn are each used multiple times.

Sexual Innuendo
Several lines of dialogue contain sexual innuendo.

Characters refer to the art of striptease and occasionally make suggestive remarks.

Drugs and Alcohol
A character smokes cigarettes.


Mature Content
Louise becomes a burlesque dancer. Several scenes take place in a burlesque dance hall.

The song “You Gotta Get a Gimmick” features three strippers demonstrating burlesque dance moves.