Every Rose Has its Thorn

Some mothers will do anything to live their starlet fantasies vicariously through their children. So what if you have to spring ten grand on wigs and false teeth or drug your little miss sunshine with "Go-Go Juice" to make her perky? It'll all be worth it when the trophy room is full.

Long before Toddlers & Tiaras made us cringe, there was Gypsy, a tale of the consummate stage mother. The musical runs through Sunday, April 1, and chronicles the early life of burlesque legend Gypsy Rose Lee (Jenny Hintze) and her overbearing Mama Rose, played by Broadway actress Kathy Fitzgerald.

"I was reading the script and I thought, ‘no one is this bad.’ Then I turned on Dance Moms,” she quips. With such likeable Sondheim songs as “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Some People,” it’s easy to sympathize with Gypsy’s main mama. But as Fitzgerald points out, reality wasn’t so rosy. "The real Rose was a horrible human being,” she says. “This is a gentler version, but with her intensity."

March 7-April 1, 7:30 p.m., 2012