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Gypsy: A Musical Fable Cast Recording


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Vinyl, January 1, 1974
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Audio, Cassette, Cast Recording, September 11, 1990
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1. Overture
2. Some People
3. Small World
4. Let Me Entertain You [Montage]
5. Mr. Goldstone
6. Little Lamb
7. You'll Never Get Away from Me
8. If Momma Was Married
9. All I Need Is the Girl
10. Everything's Coming Up Roses
11. Together
12. You Gotta Get a Gimmick
13. Let Me Entertain You
14. Rose's Turn

Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (September 11, 1990)
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Bmg Music
  • ASIN: B00000EUD0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,914,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Customer Reviews

She was the ultimate Rose!!
Tom George
This Original London Cast recording captures what many of those who saw it live consider to be the quintessential performance of the role by Angela Lansbury.
Lawrance Bernabo
Now we have three great stars as Madam Rose, Bernadette Peters, Ethel Merman, and Angela Lansbury.
David

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you just want to listen to Gypsy for a loud brash singer, then get the original 1959 (with Ethel Merman). If you want a recording that's indicative of the drama and the entire production and of Angela Lansbury's incredible performance, then buy this album. I own four different recordings of this show (including Merman, Tyne Daly and Bette Midler) and this one puts them all behind.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jim Jr on July 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I saw Ethel Merman attempt to play "Rose" in "Gypsy" twice. All she did was stand and yell the songs and had no subtlties in her character. She just played a nasty person with no redeaming features. The big number, "Rose's Turn", at the end of the show was very unpleasant as she came out seeming to say: "Here's my big number and I want applause!" Then I was lucky enough to see Angela Lansbury who made "Rose" a real person, with a magnificant performance that showed many facets of a complex woman. She sang better than Merman as she really tried to shade her numbers to bring out the real person this woman should be. Yes, she could "belt" the numbers when necessary but never shout them as Merman did. I know this musical well as I have played "Herbie" the male lead, so understand the characters and their relationships. Even on this album, not seeing her performance in person, Miss Lansbury comes across as a wonderful, real character. It is a performance to treasure. The first time you hear some of the English accents, it might seem strange, but then you realize that the "newsboys - Baby June" numbers are purposly done poorly as the act was not a good one and has to come over that way. It is just the right touch for those numbers. Listening to "Rose's Turn" by Lansbury is chilling as you can hear the woman coming close to a breakdown as it should be. This has become my favorite version of one of the best scores ever written for a Broadway musical because of the superb Angela Lansbury.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David on June 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
WOW! Agela Lansbury is one of the greatest actresses of our time. Her vocals shine here, like they did with "Mame" and "Anyone Can Whistle". Arthur Laurents, who directed, suggested her, and we should be thankful he did. Now we have three great stars as Madam Rose, Bernadette Peters, Ethel Merman, and Angela Lansbury. This recording is great. The sound is terrific. The majority of the cast does excellent, with the exception of Herbie. He really is not portrayed well. The original Broadway cast is the best to buy, but for an easier listen, look no further.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The part Mama Rose, originally written for Ethel Merman, is to Broadway musicals what Hamlet is to Shakespeare. This is only a slight exaggeration when you consider how often this musical is revived and/or filmed, but what mature actress would not want to get a chance to do "Rose's Turn" on stage for a live audience? This Original London Cast recording captures what many of those who saw it live consider to be the quintessential performance of the role by Angela Lansbury. "Suggested" by the memoirs of legendary stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, "Gypsy" has Music by Jule Styne and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, with a book by Arthur Laurents.
The legendary story of the ultimate Stage Mother who pushed her daughters to be vaudeville stars is well known by now. There might not be a more powerful ending to Act I in musical theater than Rose doing "Everything's Coming Up Roses" while her lover and her daughter watch on in absolute horror. Abandoned by her first born daughter June, at the moment when she should finally pack up and go home, Rose turns to the daughter she has ignored and predicts imminent stardom. The irony is palatable and there is nothing Louise can do to get away from her mom. Throughout the show irony invests every song with added depth of meaning from the opening "Let Me Entertain You" (which takes on a whole new meaning in "The Strip") to the plaintive "Little Lamb" sung by an abandoned Louise on her birthday to the false communion of "Together." The ultimate irony, of course, is the transformation of Louise into the legendary performer Gypsy Rose Lee since it is due to happenstance rather than the determined effort of Mama Rose.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tom George on July 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Angela Lansbury was the best Mamma Rose. Period. Her singing and acting are perfect. She brought every nuance and emotion there are to the part. Her Everythings Coming Up Roses is frightening in it's blind ambition. And Rose's Turn is amazing. With Merman, it was a bulldozer rendition, like it or not. Lansbury's is a woman who has gone over the edge and it is stupendous. She has become a broken woman and knows it. Her look across the stage as she makes her final exit spoke volumns about the character, with one look! It was an astonishing moment in the theater.
Other actresses have done admirable jobs, Bernadette Peters was wonderful in her own right. And Bette Midler was terrific, but different, on television. How nice to have a competent version on film. The movie version is dismal thanks to Russels obnoxious portrayal. Only Natalie Wood saves the film as Louise, she is beautiful and totally winning.
I won't even go into Tyne Daly's terrible portrayal.

But this version with Lansbury can't be beat. She was the ultimate Rose!!
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