Silver Belles

“It’s Golden Girls meets Designing Women with a heaping helping of well-known Christmas tunes and clever new ditties. Christmas without the Silver Belles… just wouldn’t be Christmas!”

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‘Gypsy’ At Signature Theatre

“A bright spot in the production is the strippers (played by Donna Migliaccio, Tracy Lynn Olivera, and Sandy Bainum) who appear in Act II and explain to Louise that she’s “Gotta Get a Gimmick.” In that moment, the hammy aesthetic of the production works, and the humorous number serves as the high point of the show.”

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‘Gypsy’ at Signature Theatre

“With Donna Migliaccio (Mazzepa), Sandy Bainum (Tessie Tura), and Tracy Lynn Olivera (Electra) each demonstrating how their burlesque outfits and associated gimmicks reeled the men in, Labovitz illustrated how details in each costume can really steal the show.”

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Signature’s rich and riveting ‘Gypsy’ is D.C.’s finest musical revival in years

“The bitterness between Louise and Rose deepens in Act 2, the mood lifted a bit by “Together Wherever We Go” and further by the strippers’ anthem “You Gotta Get a Gimmick,” performed ripely here by Sandy Bainum, Tracy Lynn Olivera and, in a delicious return to Signature after several years’ absence, the company’s co-founder Donna Migliaccio. “

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Signature Theatre Gypsy

“They are Sandy Bainum (Tessa Tura, a caring butterfly who is the stimulant in the invention of the stage name Gypsy Rose Lee), Donna Miglaccio (the trumpet playing Mazeppa), and Tracy Lynn Olivera (as a fat suited electric lighted, Electra). “

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‘GYPSY’ AT SIGNATURE: LET IT ENTERTAIN YOU

“As the veteran burlesque dancers, Donna Migliaccio, Tracy Lynn Olivera and Sandy Bainum are a hoot as they educate the timid Louise. “You Gotta Get a Gimmick,” sung by Mazeppa, Electra and Tessie Tura, is a refreshing and laugh-out-loud moment during all this family drama.”

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Washington DC

“Standouts in smaller roles are Vincent Kempski as Tulsa, the chorus boy with big dreams, and the uproarious trio of small-time strippers: Mazeppa (Donna Migliaccio with a tough attitude and a trumpet), Tessie Tura (Sandy Bainum, dainty despite her surroundings), and Electra (Tracy Lynn Olivera, wide-eyed and vague).”

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‘Gypsy’ receives impressive revival at Signature Theatre

“Maria Rizzo makes it all plausible — first by the glow that crosses her face while shadow-dancing in “All I Need Is the Girl” (opposite the very engaging Vincent Kempski); then by the way Rizzo reveals just how stagestruck Louise is as colorful burlesque dancers (Sandy Bainum, Donna Migliaccio, Tracy Lynn Olivera) teach her the ropes.”

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