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Jule Styne, a young Stephen Sondheim and a force of nature called Ethel Merman teamed to take Broadway by storm with this 1959 musical.
Considered by many to be the last great musical comedy, Gypsy tells the backstage tale of vaudeville entertainer turned stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and her overbearing mother, Rose. Stephen Sondheim's lyrics--composed in advance of Jule Styne's infectious music--provide a tight structure and natural language to the 1959 score, which produced more than its share of Broadway standards, including "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Small World," "Some People," "If Momma Was Married," "Together Wherever We Go," and the climactic "Rose's Turn." Although the role of Rose has seen subsequent memorable interpretations by Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, and Bette Midler, the show was written for Ethel Merman, and she remains the definitive stage mother.
For this 1999 release, the recording has been remastered with numerous short passages restored and four tracks added. Merman sings alternate lyrics to "Some People" and a medley of "Mr. Goldstone" and "Little Lamb," all with piano accompaniment. Two other tracks are songs cut in tryouts: "Momma's Talking Soft" (gently swung here by Laura Leslie) was a duet for June and Louise that provides some context to the later line "Momma's talking loud," while "Nice She Ain't" is crooned by Bernie Knee, who is infinitely more suave than Jack Klugman ever would have been. Expanded to 63 minutes, this essential cast recording is now even more essential. --David HoriuchiSee all Editorial Reviews
"GYPSY" is in my top 10 favorite musicals of all time. And hearing Ethel Merman on this recording is goose-bump heaven. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lawrence J. Ukolowicz
The last of the great musicals. Ethel Merman's propensity to tweak notes at predictable places becomes annoying. With a few exceptions, the 2008 cast recording is better.Published 10 months ago by Richard Ault
This was perfect to listen to from the original cast. All of the songs will have you singing to it.Published 16 months ago by Librowork
This is the original "original" cast album. It is a rarity in that all the songs are here plus interesting historical material in the bonus tracks. Read morePublished 16 months ago by M. Bicknell
This version (as opposed to the other version which is around $2.00 less) has been re-mastered and is the one to purchase! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Delineator
This is a great soundtrack it is fun and enjoyable to listen to. the best songs on this soundtrack are all of them. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by David
GYPSY had to be one of the best musicals on Broadway in my opinion. I bought this for my sister also and she really appreciated it alot. Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by Linda Dwyer
The original Broadway recording is far and away the best!
The quality of the CD is excellent, the delivery was very
fast and the extra songs on the CD are super to hear!