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This review is from: Gypsy (Audio CD)
After many recordings of the different productions and films of this remarkable show, the 2008 release of the latest Broadway revival is probably the most satisfying of them all!
Patti LuPone is playing the role of a lifetime here and quite remarkably puts the ghost of Ethel Merman finally to sleep. She also manages to take a little bit of magic from Merman's interpretation and take the role even further. Never have I heard Mama Rose sound so powerful, over-powering, but at the same time sultry and sometimes even sexy. But unlike the Bernadette Peters version, LuPone is consistent in her portrayal of Rose, and her characterisation is solid throughout - she is consistently all these things - not sultry in one one number, powerful in the next. And that is LuPone's appeal. It is her ability to convey so much in her voice that makes this the definitive recording! Her renditions of songs such as Everything's Coming Up Roses and Some People are frighteningly determined while her softer side is explored more in Small World, but is still a powerhouse of a voice. What you believe about Patti's performance is that this determined woman will not stop! Ever. Bernadette Peters' character was too multi-dimensional (although the singing was great) but Patti's Rose is so clear and never changing.
Throw in a wonderful ensemble cast, and this CD contains never released songs that were cut from the show, and also contains the full 'Broadway' section. Put down your Midler, Lansbury, Merman and Peters recorings and get this! (Oh, and if you have the Tyne Daly or the Rosalind Russell CDs- WHY?????)
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Initial post: 30 Jan 2009 11:43:13 GMT
The OST of Gypsy features the voice of Lisa Kirk as Madam Rose - why mention Rosalind Russell? Perhaps your bias is showing.
Posted on 30 Jan 2009 18:39:39 GMT
H. Hall says:
Please get over yourself. People can buy any cast recordings from this show. Whether it's Angela Lansbury to Bette Midler. Everyone has a personal favourite to Gypsy.
Posted on 18 Jul 2011 18:17:55 BDT
I love Patti Lupone and I must concur her version is great, but, so are all the others in their own way. After all the role is unplayable by a hack. I saw Angela Lansbury play Rose and she was spectacular.
I have all versions and enjoy listening to them all.
By the way- the film version cd features Rosalind Russell's versions of songs too. Although cut from the film they aren't all that bad.
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