The League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) recognizes the work of Brianna Barnes as Louise and Sherry McCamley as Mama Rose in the Covedale Theatre’s “Gypsy,” playing now through May 4.
One panelist noted “Brianna Barnes (Louise) captured my attention from the moment she entered the stage. She managed to give us a range of emotion carrying us through self-consciousness humbleness, rage, pity, sorrow, and love, played with truthfulness and energy.” Another noted “the highlight of this show was Brianna Barnes as Louise who was completely authentic and charismatic throughout this show, has great poise and vocal talent, and made a stunning transformation from Louise to Gypsy Rose that never seemed forced or faked. She is truly a star.” Barnes is a junior Musical Theatre major at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music (CCM).
The panelists commended local veteran actress Sherry McCamley. “I particularly liked that she made this iconic role a human being. I was rooting for her character the entire time and felt she earned her song in Rose’s Turn.” McCamley “plays the tour de force role with great commitment and some knockout vocals!” Finally, “Mama Rose is a star vehicle with one of the best female roles in Broadway musicals and Sherry McCamley is up to the task both as a brash actor and singer. The songs “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and the climax, “Rose’s Turn” are key to the show and Sherry delivered on both.”
League of Cincinnati Theatre panelists evaluate productions on a 5 star scale and recommend shows at either a 4 star or 5 star level. Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT gala in the spring.