Gypsy Cast Recording
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The casting of cute, petite Bernadette Peters as the formidable Mama Rose in the 2003 revival of Gypsy led to a few raised eyebrows: Was this egregious miscasting? After all, previous Roses have included Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, and (on TV) Bette Midler, all of them strong women who can belt with the best of them. Peters took a slightly different approach to the role, emphasizing the dramatic reading of her songs instead of blasting her way through sheer power--she acts the material as much as she sings it. Nowhere is this as convincing as on "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and especially "Rose's Turn," the latter as good a rendering of showbiz madness as you're ever likely to hear. Peters's acting skills are further emphasized by the generous helpings of dialog that frame the musical numbers. The rest of the cast is superlative, and Marvin Laird's conducts a spirited orchestra. Discussions as to which recording of Gypsy is the definitive one will never end, but this album certainly deserves to be included among the finalists. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
Top Customer Reviews
I had to pick up this soundtrack tonight. It's absoulutely amazing. I've loved the movie "Gypsy" (both versions with Natalie Wood, then Bette Midler) since I was a kid. My mom raised me on all the classic musicals.. and they were always the movie versions since we lived no where near New York, London, LA, Toronto, or wherever (and still don't. Pffft.)
Anyway, I grew up with "Gypsy" and thought about seeing the revival show. But as soon as I learned Bernadette Peters, my absolute FAVORITE performer, was leading, that pushed me over the edge. She's not one you'd expect to play Rose, but listening to this recording, it somehow fits. Why doubt her, I don't know. I believe she can do anything. Anything. And I can't wait to see her light up the stage in June. What an experience.
Shockingly, all my favorite tracks are Rose's songs. "Rose's Turn" is breathtaking. You can feel the intensity and emotion Bernadette pours into this role. I almost can't even recognize her voice. Fun numbers "Together, Wherever We Go" and "You Gotta Get A Gimmick", etc.. are charming. The pieces of dialog I am very thankful for. Anything to tide me over till June...
Don't miss this one.
Yes, Peters is cute. Yes, she is adorable. But has anyone bothered to notice that she is a truly lousy actress? You don't have to spend $70 to see the show to find this out. Just listen to her line readings cuing each song on the new CD. Absolutely painful. She sounds more like Baby June than Madam Rose. (And, please, folks. Get it right. The character is never called Mama Rose in the play. She's called Madam Rose. Even Laurents has pointed this out repeatedly and without much success.) And, come to think of it, Peters' tiny singing voice makes her more suited to Baby June.
I've had the good future to see just about every Madam Rose - several times each. ("Gypsy" has been both my avocation and my obsession.) You name them and I've seem them - Ethel Merman, Rosalind Russell, Giselle McKenzie, Mary McCarty, Angela Lansbury, Joanne Worley, Tyne Daly, Bette Midler, Betty Buckley and Peters - and Peters is the hands-down worst. I realize that Broadway diehards don't want to hear this, but the only one to truly realize the dimensions of this great role has been Rosalind Russell. For one thing, she's the only world-class actress to play the role. (Yes, maybe Merman "owns" it but she was no actress!) And who cares if Roz was partially dubbed by the peerless (and underappreciated) Lisa Kirk? She nailed the role, bringing some wonderful patrician pretensions to it, and with Kirk backing her up, offered the definitive rendering of the classic songs.Read more ›
There are certain touches that Bernadette Peters brings to the role that I enjoy and because of the vivid theatricality of this disc it would be my second choice.
Angela Lansbury comes in a close third, her recording undone by some curious choices including re-arranging the running order. It does have the best version of Gypsy's strip routine.
Tyne Daly's recording did not capture here at her best so it's a wrte off.
The TV movie with Bette Midler is enjoyable to watch yet she never gets inside the character, and her recording suffers for it.
As for the film with Rosalind Russell's "voice" (Lisa Kirk, mostly)it's less objectionable to watch but tough to listen to. Even when watching the movie it's like seeing a good road tour cast instead of the freshly minted original.
BUT... If you've never seen GYPSY and have the chance to catch the Broadway revival, GO!
On February 8, 2004 this recording won the Grammy as the "Best Cast-Show Album" for 2003.
Most recent customer reviews
This is my very first Broadway album that I ever bought and I have to say I was not disappointed. Bernadette is not playing a part, she convinces you that she IS Rose (especially... Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Ant C.
I don't usually write reviews on here. So I'm going to keep it simple: Bernadette Peters is stunning, and everyone should have this recording. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by Mark
I have already reviewed this magnificent piece of Broadway heaven. I came back to say that I caught 2 performances of Gypsy last weekend specifically before it closed... Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by adios_kansas
SO, the late Great Tony Quinn whilst rehearsing [with apology] "la Strada" didn't quite know WHY it was NOT working .... then he reflected .... Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by Minnie and Henery Krumb
That previous reviewer is obviously waaaay out in left field and probably slept through the performance. I saw the show yesterday and it was FANTASTIC. Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by Amazon Customer
Bernadette Peters gives this album the originality of a good old fashioned Broadway show the way they used to be performed. Read morePublished on April 23 2004 by Karen Solop
Dear Previous Commenter,
You just ruined my entire childhood. How do you feel now? Huh? I'm assuming since you're old enough to have seen Merman perform the role then you're... Read more
I saw her live and the recording is amazing, but doesn't do justice to how unbelievable she is live. Definetely the best live stage performance I have ever seen in my life! Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by Tim R.
Great voices here to be sure, but having seen this Broadway production, about half the actors were miscast and paled in comparison to some seen even in regional and stock... Read morePublished on April 14 2004