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Gypsy

Gypsy, one of the best Broadway musicals of all time, continues its revival at the St. James Theatre, with Linda Lavin replacing Tyne Daly in the starring role. On the night I went to see Lavin, she had been replaced by her standby, Jana Robbins, and so I enjoyed the rare pleasure of seeing a star in formation. Understudies are constrained by the ways in which a production has been tailored to the performers for whom they step in. Other members of the cast depend on a stand-in to generate a close facsimile of the emotional aura to which they have tuned their own performances. Often I thought I could see the ghost of Tyne Daly (whom Robbins has understudied since Gypsy opened last November), but when Robbins was free to command the stage in the show-stopping solos at the end of each act, she was terrific in her own right.

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Title Annotation:St. James Theater, New York City
Author:Disch, Thomas M.
Publication:The Nation
Article Type:Theater Review
Date:Nov 12, 1990
Words:152
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