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As far as I can tell, the beginning of the show is set in the 1920's, but everything from 'Goldstone' onwards has me all tripped up. What is the time period of the show from 'Golstone' onwards?

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Gypsy Rose Lee was born in 1911. The "Goldstone" years, as you put it, were approximately 1923 to 1926. June Havoc abandoned the act sometime between 1926 (when she supposedly married at age 13) and 1930 (when she gave birth to her daughter April). Gypsy's pre-Hollywood years were between 1927 and 1935. Gypsy supposedly first stripped in Kansas City in 1929. From 1930 to 1934, she stripped at Minsky's. In 1935, she was appearing in "Hot-Cha!", and left that show to go to Hollywood. It seems logical that the time period of the fictional life of Gypsy after June left the act in 1926 is close to the period from 1927 through 1933. Because Gypsy was always deliberately vague about dates, and because Rose changed the girls birth certificates regularly to confound the Gerry Society, it is difficult to pin down the exact years. Rose herself was born in 1890, and was 21 when Louise was born. That places her age around 38 (assuming Louise was 17 or 18 when she started stripping) within the context of the play. None of this should be taken as immutable though, because Laurents stated clearly that Gypsy gave hiom only the roughest of information with which to work, and so "a musical fable" is an accurate designation for the show based on the idea of Gypsy Rose Lee.


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