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This is one Gypsy who doesn't sell pegs.
on 17 February 2009
Miss Midler is the fourth actress I have seen in this role. I saw Rozalind Russell on Film and Angela Lansbury and Dolores Gray on stage but Miss Midler is the best. She alone of the performers I have seen in the role catches the essential loneliness and desperation of the character. The story is about a stage struck mother who pushes her daughters on stage in American Vaudeville promising them that they would be stars which they both became (one as June Havoc the actress, director and writer and the other as Gypsy Rose Lee the celebrated striptease artist). Miss Midler has most of the musical numbers to carry (the score is one of the greatest Broadway scores written for a woman). The film is full of humour which the entire cast revel in. Watch out particularly for the "all I really need is the girl" number. Too often solo dance numbers get to be boring but not this one. Buy it and then watch it again and again and again.