Ever wonder who originated the role of overbearing stage mother? Following relentless Mama Rose as she drags her two daughters across the country in hopes of fame and fortune on the 1920s Vaudeville circuit, Gypsy is loosely based on the memoirs of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee. Fearful of a lawsuit, Lee waited until her mother died before publishing the book that chronicled her childhood. Despite their tumultuous relationship, the stripteaser provided perfect inspiration for an American musical icon. Tim Hedgepeth directs Anna Gangai and 27 others in the Playhouse’s production.