FAIRFIELD — Taylor Bartolucci has three characters on her acting dream list. One of the, Rose in “Gypsy,” can be checked off the list, again.
Bartolucci, who is wraps up “Spamalot” Sunday in Napa, is playing Rose in the upcoming Missouri Street Theatre production of “Gypsy.” It’s the third time she’s played the character and her first show with Missouri Street Theatre.
“I love this show,” she said. “This is one of my favorite musicals.”
Calling herself “obssessed with everything about the show,” Bartolucci is evolving her rendition of the character that’s been played by actresses such as Angela Lansbury and Bette Midler. Last time she took the role, about 2½ years ago in Napa, she read the biography of Gypsy Lee Rose, the American burlesque entertainer known for her striptease act.
“I don’t know what show has been revived more on Broadway,” said Dae Spering of Missouri Street Theatre. Every few years, a new Rose shows up on the cover of Playbill, she said.
Michael Doppe, the veteran of many local shows, is also making his Missouri Street Theatre debut playing Tulsa, the young man who falls in loves with Gypsy’s sister June. He, too, is finishing up a show, “It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman,” in San Francisco.
A few years ago, his family relocated to Contra Costa County, so Doppe is doing more work in that area.
“I got pulled into these other shows first,” he said of his availability for local productions. “I can actually do this (one.)”
He sees a common bond between himself and Tulsa.
“Tulsa is all about the dance,” he said. “I’m stretching my boundaries as a dancer.”
Doppe also does contract jobs as a writer and director.
“The costumer bought my costume,” said Gina Coyle as she entered the dressing room at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts. Coyle is playing June and doing costumes for “Gypsy.”
“They couldn’t get rid of me,” she said in jest, after noting she had been involved in every Missouri Street Theatre production, sans “Avenue Q.”
Coming off the heels of summer’s “Les Miserables,” Spering found “Gypsy” a nice way to wind down the year.
“We went from the French Revolution to strippers,” she said.
The show is a musical with lyrics from Stephen Sondheim. It’s loosely based on the 1975 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee. The show focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with the ultimate show business mother.
The show contains many popular songs, such as “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Let Me Entertain You.”
It debuted on Broadway in 1959 and ran for 702 performances and two previews. Ethel Merman played Rose. It’s most recent revival was in 2008 with Patty LuPone in the Rose role.
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