You Gotta Get a Gimmick (song)

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You Gotta Get a Gimmick is a song from the 1959 musical Gypsy.


TheatreMania describes the song plot as a "threesome of hilariously costumed veteran burlesque dancers...who teach Louise the ropes of stripping".[1]

Critical reception[edit]

New City Stage describes it as "endearingly bawdy".[2] Time Out Chicago said the song is "this production’s hands-down which three burlesque vets pull out all the stops."[3] Stage and Cinema wrote the song was performed by the "show-stopping, scene-stealing...Tessie Tura, Mazeppa and Electra, the stripper specialists in "You Gotta Get a Gimmick."", adding "It's the ultimate tribute to Darwinian adaptation, the secret of showbiz survival and even success".[4] CurtainUp said the song is "show-stopping" and "outrageously funny".[5] TheatreMania called the song "scene-stealing".[6] NipperTown described it as a "novelty song".[7] Spokesman named it a "showstopper".[8]