These days, it is easy to take for granted all of the media resources we have to preview new and upcoming Broadway shows. But way back when, you had to actually attend a show to see it. That is why such little footage remains of classic Broadway shows like Gypsy in 1959.
In this recovered home movie footage we see original stars Ethel Merman, Jack Klugman, and Sandra Church in reahearsal with Sondheim, Laurents, Styne and the subject herself, Ms. Gypsy Rose Lee! In the last minute of the film we get a rare glimpse at what the show looked like in beautiful living color, with shots from ‘Merman in “Rose’s Turn” and the show’s curtain call! (We recommend watching this on a larger screen for better viewing.)
Now take a step back in time to the Broadway Theater in spring 1959, and get ready to “bump it with a trumpet!”: