So, Bye Bye Arthur you bitter, nasty old Queen. Hello Julian, writer de jour at the moment to make Babs work as Rose. Which she will not. Patti did Rose perfectly when she played the madness of MaMa. Barbra will not. play the insanity. So I really have qualms about this project.
THE PRESS RELEASE…..
LOS ANGELES, CA, March 13, 2012—Producers Barbra Streisand and Joel Silver have set Academy Award®-winning writer Julian Fellowes to pen the screenplay adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ Tony Award winning musical, Gypsy, which Ms. Streisand and Mr. Silver are currently developing for Universal Pictures. Ms. Streisand will portray “Momma Rose” in the new version, her first musical film since Yentl in which the Oscar®-winning actress and iconic singer starred, produced, co-wrote and directed in 1983.
Fellowes won the Original Screenplay Academy Award® for Gosford Park and most recently earned the Emmy and Golden Globe for creating and writing the acclaimed miniseries, Downton Abbey. His musical theatre work includes adapting the script for Disney’s stage production of Mary Poppins.
Gypsy has exhilarated audiences on both stage and screen since its first Broadway run in 1959 with Ethel Merman. Since then, the compelling story based on the memoirs of the famous striptease artist, Gypsy Rose Lee, has spawned numerous reincarnations including the 1962 film starring Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood, four Broadway revivals, as well as a made-for-television movie.
A celebrated artist, Streisand has gathered Oscar®, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America and Golden Globe awards, winning Oscars® for both, Best Actress (Funny Girl) and Best Original Song (for her composition of “Evergreen” from her production of A Star Is Born).
Gypsy marks Silver’s first foray into Broadway movie musicals after a career of producing several commercially-successful films including the Lethal Weapon, The Matrix, Die Hard and Sherlock Holmes franchises.
SHE IS LEGEND, WHEN I GOT OBSESSED WITH ‘THE MUSIC MAN’ IN THE EARLY SEVENTIES FROM SEEING THE FILM I WENT AND FOUND THE ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING. AND BABS KICKED SHIRLEY JONES IN THE FLANGE. HER TONE, HER INTONATION, HER CLARITY JUST BLEW MY HEAD OFF. AND THEN I HEARD HER ‘CANDIDE’ AND WAS GONE. I AM HER BITCH FOREVER. AND THIS IS LOVELY, BUT STILL THINK FEW OF THESE FINE VOICES PAYING TRIBUTE HIT HER STANDARD.
WHY DOES HE THANK THEM? ANYONE CAN HAVE ONE YOU JUST HAVE TO PAY. AS EVIDENCED BY 12 YEAR OLD NEIL PATRICK HARRIS GETTING ONE. WHAT A JOKE.