Your showtune for August 31 is

“Everything’s Coming Up Roses” – Gypsy

Music: Jule Styne   Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Every theatre fan should know this superb musical about Gypsy Rose Lee and her rise to stardom from the gawky Louise to burlesque queen.  However, the true star of the show is her indomitable stage mother, Mama Rose a.k.a. Rose Thompson Hovick, who was born on this day in 1890.  After the favored June runs away, Mama Rose turns her attention to her other daughter Louise and roars this spine-tingling, powerhouse number in a thrilling end to act one.

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