Cast members for Footlight’s latest musical “Gypsy” are, from left,Brittney Urban, Caroline Rau, Mara Huneryager, Tom LeDonne and Lillybelle Nuest.

MICHIGAN CITY — The Footlight Players will take on the daunting task of producing the musical “Gypsy.”

A musical, the story is loosely based on the life of the Queen of Burlesque, Gypsy Rose Lee, but the true lead of the show is Mama Rose (Caroline Rau), a strong-willed stage-mother who will stop at nothing to make her two daughters Vaudeville stars. She starts the show out by showcasing her daughter, Baby June (Teagen Bennett), on the Vaudeville circuit with Baby Louise (Goldie Samardja) as her back-up dancer. She meets Herbie (Tom LeDonne), who falls for her many charms.

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