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Gypsy [Cast Recording]

Bernadette Peters Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
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1. Overture
2. May We Entertain You
3. Some People
4. Small World
5. Baby June And Her Newsboys
6. Mr. Goldstone
7. Little Lamb
8. You'll Never Get Away From Me
9. Dainty June And Her Farmboys
10. Broadway
11. If Momma Was Married
12. All I Need Is The Girl
13. Everything's Coming Up Roses
14. Entr'Acte
15. Madame Rose's Toreadorables
16. Together, Wherever We Go
17. You Gotta Get A Gimmick
18. Small World (Reprise)
19. Incidental Music
20. Gypsy Strip (Let Me Entertain You)
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars A new twist on a classic March 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
This recording is excellent. The sound is bright and forward and the orchestra overture has never sounded more exciting. The strong cast does the score justice, and the added bits of dialogue into some songs keep the story moving. But it is Ms. Bernadette Peters that really tops it all. A totally different take on Madam Rose than we have ever witnessed. Sexier, definitely more girlish, and as determined as any of her predecesors in the part to make it to the top, this recording made me go back and see the show a second time (Ms. Peters was ill at the beginning of the run and not singing up to her full potential). From the first moment you hear her, you know that she has stamped the part as her own and is sticking to her own ideas about how to play it. If you are a theater enthusiast, and not someone prone to living in the past, this is an exciting new way to play and sing this part. Sappy sounding balads benefit from her personal touch, because she is telling you what she is feeling as she sings - the acting is coming through the music. Sure, Ethel Merman was a powerhouse voice, but really just belted all the tunes. Here we have a strong voice coupled with a real intensity. And to me, it is Peters vulnerability at moments that makes her portrayal even more powerful when she does pull out all the stops and let her voice soar. She sounds great - and her spoken lines leading into a couple of the numbers are spine tingling. It's a pleasure to hear a living Broadway legend tackle this role. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Mama's doin' fine...!" Feb. 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
I am hoping to see "Gypsy" in June while vacationing in New York, so no, I have not seen it yet. It's killing me, but I'll try to survive until then.
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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The absolute worst Feb. 21 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I never thought that there could possibly be a bad version of "Gypsy." I mean, the material is surefire and even survived the gratuitous rewriting by Arthur Laurents for the Angela Lansbury revival. But it took that tiny "powerhouse" Bernadette Peters to bring it down. Apologies to lovelorn diva fan, Ben Brantley.
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.
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Everyone has their favourite Rose. For me, the part belongs to Ethel Merman. Her recording still generates goosebumps.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bernadette makes a wonderful "Rose"
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 more
Published on July 13 2004 by Ant C.
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll Keep It Simple
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 more
Published on July 10 2004 by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars One more note to add...
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 more
Published on June 2 2004 by adios_kansas
5.0 out of 5 stars .... a rose is a Rose .... is Miss Bernadette!!
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 more
Published on May 3 2004 by Minnie and Henery Krumb
5.0 out of 5 stars The Absolute BEST, more like!
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 more
Published on April 29 2004 by Justine Justine the Drama Queen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Fashioned Broadway at Heart
Bernadette Peters gives this album the originality of a good old fashioned Broadway show the way they used to be performed. Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Karen Solop
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't believe you just said that.
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
Published on April 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Bernadette Peters!!!!
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 more
Published on April 15 2004 by Tim R.
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent recording of a lame revival
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 more
Published on April 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Bernadette Peters Shines As Mama Rose In Gypsy
As Mama Rose Bernadette Peters shines as never before. She displays a new darker side to her acting that we truely haven't seen shine more spectacularly before.
Published on March 25 2004
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