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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 Bernadette makes a wonderful "Rose" July 14 2004
By Ant C.
Format:Audio CD
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 in the numbers "Everything's Comin' Up Roses" and "Rose's Turn"). Instead of making the part campy (like Bette Midler) or yelling the songs (like Ethel Merman) or imitating another person (like the miscast Rosalind Russell copying her Auntie Mame role), she adds a sense of vulnerability and humanity to the role. I would have to say that Bernadette Peters and Angela Lansbury are the two best "Roses" and are the two cast albums to have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'll Keep It Simple July 11 2004
By Mark
Format:Audio CD
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. I can only hope that they come out with a DVD so I can watch her performance over and over again. I saw it twice on broadway, and though the recording is as amazing as I mentioned, it doesn't even begin to capture Ms. Peters' phenomenal acting that really makes this revival special. I'll be honest -- the rest of the show can be rather dull (with a few exceptions like the Overture - one of the more thrilling ever - and When Mamma Was Married). Still, even if you just listen to Some People, Everything's Coming Up Roses, and Rose's Turn over and over again you'll be completely satisfied and have gotten your money's worth. Bernadette alone makes this recording a must-have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One more note to add... June 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
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... and what a sad day... however! Those nights were the most memorable experiences I will ever have, in theatre and in general.
And that Bernadette Peters... what a knockout. I'll be first in line for whatever she does next.
Let's all pray for a national tour of Gypsy with Mrs. Peters again carrying the spotlight role.
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Format:Audio CD
SO, the late Great Tony Quinn whilst rehearsing [with apology] "la Strada" didn't quite know WHY it was NOT working .... then he reflected .... and looked [closely]
SAME thing with Miss B. ... BRILLIANT performance [!] a ROSE for the 21st Century [with apology to the teflon lunged ladies before this gem of a Gal was given this chance] ... SHE brings now poignance [and meaning] to the ETERNAL stage mother ...
Listen and appreciate with Care!
This one's gonna stay! [for long!~}
[Bravo Mendes!] too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Absolute BEST, more like! April 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. It's not fair to Bernadette or anyone else in the show if you are always comparing the show to its previous renditions. Let it be! Accept the cast for who they are! I thought that Ms. Peters was highly enjoyable, mesmerizing, and a complete Sondheim master. This cd really helps capture that marvelously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Fashioned Broadway at Heart April 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
Bernadette Peters gives this album the originality of a good old fashioned Broadway show the way they used to be performed. More performers should follow her lead and learn the basics of a true artist. John Dosset brings in his bold sexiness while singing and acting and Tammy Blanchard was great also. The kids in the show were fab...so I give this album a 10 and very well worth buying and adding to your collection, that is..if you are a true critic as I. If you do buy...enjoy it as I do :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't believe you just said that. April 23 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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 an old piece of poop who failed at acting AND was sucked at life so badly that you couldn't even become a critic. I saw this production and loved it. Sure, it had its flaws but there are no flawless productions. And how DARE you attack such a respected actress! It's not her fault she got cast in the role, and if you didn't like her TALK TO SAM MENDES, THE DIRECTOR, becuase odds are he probably helped her create that character. What is it that you have against the "Gypsy" authors? Do you not like Jewish people or something?
Find something better to do with your time than putting down people who are probably more talented than you are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bernadette Peters!!!! April 16 2004
By Tim R.
Format:Audio CD
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!
Wow, how anyone can not appreciate her performance and call her a "lousy actress" is beyond me... I was in tears during "Rose's Turn" and had to stand up at the end. Beautiful.. breathtaking.. buy this recording!! and try to see it live in NYC if you can. One of the best theatrical experiences of my life!
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