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Gypsy - 50th Anniversary Edition

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1. Overture
2. Let Me Entertain You
3. Some People
4. Small World
5. Baby June and Her Newsboys
6. Mr. Goldstone, I Love You
7. Little Lamb
8. You'll Never Get Away from Me
9. Dainty June and Her Farmboys
10. If Momma Was Married
11. All I Need Is the Girl
12. Everything's Coming Up Roses
13. Together Wherever We Go
14. You Gotta Have a Gimmick
15. Let Me Entertain You
16. Rose's Turn
17. Some People (Demo)
18. Mr. Goldstone, I Love You / Little Lamb (Demo)
19. Momma's Talkin' Soft (Demo)
20. Nice She Ain't (Demo)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 17, 2015)
  • 50th Anniversary Edition edition
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1959
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Masterworks Broadway
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • ASIN: B001VRDRIS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mark Andrew Lawrence on May 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
May 21, 1959 (exactly 50 years ago as I write this) Ethel Merman came charging down the aisle of the Broadway theater hollering "Sing Out Louise!" The opening night audience members were jolted out of their seats.

GYPSY had arrived.

How I wish I had been there that night, but I wasn't born yet. But I grew up with the cast album and it's still an essential disc for any musical theatre fan. While others have played the role to great acclaim there is something electrifying in Merman's no-holds-barred performance. Sony has just re-released the cast album, but in truth it has never been out of the catalog since it was released in the summer of 1959.

Despite the solid reviews, and the Merman name on the marquee, GYPSY was not a box office blockbuster. It was a hit, it ran 702 performances and enjoyed a successful tour, but it did not perform as well other shows with similar star power and critical endorsements. The Tony voters preferred the family friendly THE SOUND OF MUSIC over the steamrollering Madame Rose of Ethel Merman in GYPSY.

But the show keeps coming back. Rose is the King Lear of musical theatre and many celebrated actresses covet the role. Still, GYPSY marked the end of an era. When Rose pauses to take one forlorn look over the stage before her final exit, it might as well have been Merman giving a silent goodbye to Broadway. Not completely as she came back for the revival of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN and to take over the lead in HELLO DOLLY for the final months of its run, but GYPSY was her last original role and her best. It was also Jule Styne's best score, and Arthur Laurents' best book for a musical.

So play the cast album today and return to time when Broadway was at the crossroads.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 2, 2010
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"Sing out, Louise! Sing out!" As Ethel Merman thundered down the aisle, making her first entrance in GYPSY, little did audiences know that they were indeed witnessing Broadway history unfold before their very eyes. For while Merman was widely considered the First Lady of Broadway, her turn in GYPSY transformed her, quite simply, into a Broadway Legend.

The magic is still palpable on the original 1959 cast album, which has now been reissued again on the Sony Broadway Masterworks label, this time with additional bonus materials. Based on the memoirs of burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, the story follows Louise (Sandra Church), her younger sister June (Lane Bradbury) and their mother, Mama Rose (Ethel Merman), as Rose fights for the vaudeville fame that will put June on the showbiz map. "Talentless" Louise drifts along in the background, playing the front end of the cow in an act that almost sees June get signed with a top theatre producer--that is, until Mama decides to make some extra contractual points. When June, stifled by Mama's grip, finally walks away, Mama focuses her maniacal energies on Louise. A combination of the downfall of vaudeville, and an accidental booking at a Witchita burlesque theater, finally reveals Louise's true calling...

The ultimate backstage showbiz tale, GYPSY is now widely considered the pinnacle of the Broadway musical; but, incredible as it may seem, wasn't exactly a smash hit when it originally premiered! Running a polite 702 performances, GYPSY was overshadowed in the Tony Awards race by fellow 1959 season openers Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Sound of Music" and Bock and Harnick's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Fiorello!".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allen Smalling TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 2, 2014
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GYPSY (1959) brought together an amazing assembly of talent for one show: Arthur Laurents wrote the book, Jerome Robbins supplied the choreography, Jule Styne wrote the music and Stephen Sondheim the lyrics. Conceived and written as a show for the mature Ethel Merman as "Mama" Rose, the Broadway show, impressive in 1959, has become nearly legendary today. Songs include the recurring "Let Me Entertain You," "Some People," "Small World," "All I Need Is the Girl," and of course "Everything's Coming Up Roses." If you have an interest in the history of the Broadway musical comedy, a recording of GYPSY belongs on the short list of absolutely must-must-haves. The 50th Anniversary Edition is a good solid production.

Trivia Note: GYPSY did not win the 1960 Tony for Best Musical. THE SOUND OF MUSIC tied with FIORELLO! that year, which more or less rubbed it in GYPSY's face that it couldn't have been higher than third place. Unbelievable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Len Levinson on December 30, 2013
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This was a great show. Ethel Merman was out of sight. If you're a fan of American Musical Theater, you won't want to miss this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tommy G. Persall on January 28, 2014
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Ethel Merman was a true American classic star!! No one could deliver a song like she could! Gypsy was written for her!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on January 16, 2013
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This is a great soundtrack it is fun and enjoyable to listen to. the best songs on this soundtrack are all of them. if you have not listened to this soundtrack then i recommend you do
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