Gypsy is a 1959 musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents. Gypsy is somewhat based on the memoirs of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, and focuses on her mother, Rose. It follows her struggles in trying to raise two daughters and perform onstage and shows the hardships of show business life.
The original Broadway production opened in May 1959 at The Broadway Theatre, transferred to the Imperial Theatre, and closed in March 1961 after 702 performances and two previews. It has since enjoyed several Broadway Revivals and been in production worldwide.