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Gypsy (2003 Broadway Revival Cast) Cast Recording

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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 dialogue that frame the musical numbers. The rest of the cast is superlative, and Marvin Laird 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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Product Details

  • Performer: Addison Timlin, Benjamin Brooks Cohen, Bernadette Peters, Brandon Espinoza, Brooks Ashmanskas, et al.
  • Orchestra: Gypsy Pit Orchestra
  • Conductor: Marvin Laird
  • Composer: Jule Styne
  • Audio CD (August 19, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Angel
  • ASIN: B0000AKY5G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 29, 2003
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"Gypsy" may well be one of the most indestructible works in American musical history. I have heard Ethel Merman, Angela Landsbury, Rosalind Russell, Bette Midler, and Tyne Daly sing the part of Mama Rose and surprising to date my favorite has been Daly on the strength not of her singing voice but rather her acting ability which infused her songs with a characterization that I thought was right on the mark. While Bernadette Peters falls short of that standard, in my mind at any rate, she is certainly proves she is in that tradition on this 2003 Broadway Revival Cast album. The fact that many of the tracks include some of the framing dialogue helps underscore that point.
"Gypsy" is also proving itself to be the "Hamlet" of musicals, given how many times it has been revived with a very different group of actresses playing the part of Mama Rose. But then what mature actress would not want a change to do "Rose's Turn" on stage for a live audience? "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, this production features a relative unknown but superb cast with John Dossett as Herbie, Tammy Blanchrad as Louise/Gypsy, and Kate Reinders at June. Am I surprised by the quality of Peters' performance? Not really. I learned not to underestimate her abilities as a Broadway song and dance performer a long time ago.
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.
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I had the good fortune to see Gypsy during previews, and while I thought it needed some work, Ms. Peters was incredible, giving a new, sexier twist to Rose.
Her vocal performance on this CD tops her live performance. The raw power and emotion she lends to the 2 show-stopper numbers, "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and "Rose's Turn" is amazing! I think her rendition is by far the best recorded, with the possible exception of the original... Ether Merman.
The instrumental arrangements were uniformsly good. I also enjoyed the bits of dialogue that were added from Rose's reprise of "Small World", to the Incidental Music when Louise sees herself in the mirror, to "Let Me Entertain You". It underscores the maturing of Louise into a star.
As for Tammy Blacnhard, and the rest of the cast on this recording, they were passable, but nothing great. If I could have given 4 1/2 stars, I would have, but Ms. Peters performance slone leaned my ranking toward a 5!
Well worth the buy!
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GYPSY is one of those musicals that keep getting revived periodically...and why not? As far as I'm concerned (and I think many would agree with me), it's probably the best musical ever written. Certainly the score is unsurpassed. (WEST SIDE STORY and CHICAGO are among the few others that have have no dead wood whatsoever from beginning to end.) And luckily for us addicts, every time a new production is mounted with a new leading lady, the entire score gets recorded again. (What a pity when Ethel Merman stepped into HELLO, DOLLY they recorded an EP of only the songs that were added for that production. That should have had a full recording.) And with GYPSY, each time a new cast album comes out, there's more music included. Pretty soon they'll have to do a 2-disc version. This recording is brilliant! I can't say I'm totally enamored of Bernadette Peters in the role of Madame Rose, but she's far better than I thought she'd be. Everyone is wonderful (though Tulsa sounds a little too fey to be interested in a double act with Dainty June). I don't know which is my favorite among the many recordings of GYPSY I have. I'm certainly looking forward to Barbra Streisand's version, if it ever gets filmed...though she's now old enough to play Gypsy's grandmother. (I'm not being catty. We're the same age.)
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I have had this recording since it came out, and it is amazing!! The role of Momma Rose has been played by many wonderful women, but I simply cannot listen to it with anyone other than Bernadette! What I love about this album is, after hearing so many different renditions of the character 'Rose', I feel that Ms. Peters gives it something special! She takes it to a new level, one where you begin to realize what Rose has been doing everything for right after she loses June. When most people think of the song 'Everything's Coming Up Roses' they think of it as a happy song...but with this version you hear the pain, and the will to keep going from the very beginning! I had seen the show before I bought the CD and what you get off the recording is what you get in person!! I would recommend this to anyone who is a theatre fan!!
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Bernadette received a lot of critical grief due to her unique portrayal of Mama Rose as downright sexy. But I was fortunate enough to see one of these performances live, and I beg to digress. She certainly has the chops for the songs and was old enough to play the role, but let's face it: the woman is gorgeous. Why on earth SHOULD she have played the role with Rose being merely a homely, frustrated drudge? I liked her interpretation.
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