Thesp Boyd Gaines, currently up for a lead actor Tony for his perf in “Journey’s End,” has signed to star opposite Patti LuPone this summer in the three-week run of “Gypsy” that is part of the new Encores! Summer Stars series.
Gaines will play Herbie the talent manager, with LuPone to take on the legendary role of Rose, the ambitious mother of stripteaser Gypsy Rose Lee. Production runs July 9-29 at City Center, and unlike the usual Encores! concert readings, the Summer Stars offering will be a fully staged production.
Arthur Laurents, who wrote the book of the 1959 tuner (which has music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim), directs.
LuPone played Rose last summer during a short run at the Ravinia fest in Illinois. Gaines finishes off his “Journey’s End” engagement when the underselling revival closes June 10.