The role of Momma Rose has been played by many as listed above, but in addition to and currently Patti LuPone. The current revival cast of Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines, and Laura Benanti all garnered Tony Awards for their performances a few weeks ago at the event.I've never seen Gypsy on stage, but have watched many clips and footage. Yes, the show is based on the daughter's memoir, but the obvious star of the show is Momma Rose, and if you are going to talk about Momma Rose the first name from your mouth, in my opinion, should be The Merm. Enjoy.
Gypsy is currently playing at the St. James Theatre.