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PRESS RELEASE: ERIK the puppy is set to make his stage debut in an exciting new musical extravaganza.


The talented pooch, will star as Chowsie in ‘Gypsy: A Musical Fable’ at the Halifax Playhouse from April 3-7.

Owner, Rebecca Cawthra, who will play psychotic stage mum Rose, has had her heart set on playing the role for many years, so much so that she chose Erik for his likeness to the real Chowsie.

Ms Cawthra said: “I named Erik after the son of Gypsy Rose Lee.

“We’ve trained him to lick my face whenever we call him by his stage name and he loves being part of rehearsals with all the attention he gets.

“He’s going to have his own dressing room but I’m sure the fame won’t go to his head!”

Starring as Ms Cawthra’s daughter in the show will be Lucy Buckley, playing the timid Louise who transforms into master of burlesque Gypsy Rose Lee.

Ms Buckley, who is originally from Halifax but now lives in Staines-Upon-Thames, has made the mammoth 400-mile round trip every weekend to attend rehearsals.

She commented: “The travelling has been tough but it has been well worth it to work alongside such a talented group of people (and a dog!)

“I can’t wait for show week to start now, everyone who attends the show is sure to be thoroughly entertained with our unique performance.”

This will be the first time Gypsy has been performed in West Yorkshire following a successful run on the West End.

The first performance at the Playhouse will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday, April 3 and will run every night up to and including Saturday, April 9, including a Saturday matinee starting at 2.15pm.

Tickets are on sale now from the Halifax Playhouse website. All seats are £15, with a VIP package also available for £22 which includes a programme, wine and chocolates.

Picture caption (from left): Lucy Buckley, Erik, Rebecca Cawthra


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Picture caption (from left): Lucy Buckley, Erik, Rebecca Cawthra

What’s Gypsy About?

The main focus of the show is the relationship between the two daughters June and Louise and their stereotypical ‘show-business’ mother Rose as they travel around the USA performing their stage show. The show features music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and is very loosely based on the memoirs of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee.

When did Gypsy first appear?

‘Gypsy: A Musical Fable’ first appeared at The Broadway Theatre on Broadway in 1959 and closed at The Imperial Theatre in 1961 after 702 performances. The original cast included Ethel Merman starred as Rose, Sandra Church as Louise and Jack Klugman as Herbie.

The London Production on the West End in 1973 starred Angela Lansbury and supporting cast featured Bonnie Langford, Zan Charisse, Debbie Bowen and Barrie Ingham. The production closed on March 2, 1974, after 300 performances.

The Music of Gypsy

The show starts with one of most well-known songs “Let me Entertain You” sang by Baby June and Louise.

Other songs in Gypsy include:

“Some People” sang by Rose
“Small World” sang by Rose and Herbie
“If Momma was Married” sang by June and Louise
“Everything’s Coming up Roses” sang by Rose
“You Gotta Get a Gimmick” sang by The Gimmick Girls
“Rose’s Turn” sang by Rose

To give you a flavour of the music from Gypsy, we have a video clip of Let Me Entertain You from Jonathan Kent’s award-winning production of the musical Gypsy.

Video Music Clip from Jonathan Kent’s award-winning production of the musical Gypsy

Behind the Scenes & Backstage Secrets

Our Gypsy Cast is busily rehearsing, but we were allowed a sneak peek backstage..

May we entertain you?

Come and see the spectacular cast of Gypsy at Halifax Playhouse April 2018.

The show features music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, highlights include “Let Me Entertain You”, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, “Rose’s Turn” and “Some People”.

A show that will leave your spine tingling – do not miss it! – It’s going to be a sell out.


Tuesday 3rd April at 7.30pm
Wednesday 4th April at 7.30pm
Thursday 5th April at 7.30pm
Friday 6th April at 7.30pm
Saturday 7th April – Matinee at 2.15pm and Evening Performance at 7.30pm

Would you like to know more?
We would love to hear from journalists, bloggers and/or anyone wishing to know more about our production.