You Gotta Get a Gimmick (song)

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"You Gotta Get a Gimmick", also known as "You Gotta Have a Gimmick", is a song from the 1959 musical Gypsy, with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.


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]