Gypsy [The New Broadway Cast Recording]

Gypsy [The New Broadway Cast Recording]

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by Bernadette Peters
     
 

All that the Broadway cast album of the 2003 production of the classic musical Gypsy has going for it is a world-class score by composer Arthur Laurents and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, and a compelling vocal performance by Bernadette Peters. In the role of Mama Rose, the “mother” of all stage mothers, Peters brings all the intensity, flair, and dramatic styleSee more details below

Overview

All that the Broadway cast album of the 2003 production of the classic musical Gypsy has going for it is a world-class score by composer Arthur Laurents and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, and a compelling vocal performance by Bernadette Peters. In the role of Mama Rose, the “mother” of all stage mothers, Peters brings all the intensity, flair, and dramatic style needed to put across this demanding role. Hear her on “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Rose’s Turn”: Peters steps up to the plate, gathers all her considerable strengths as a singer and an actress, and comes through. Gypsy isn’t a one-woman show, of course, and John Dossett in particular stands out, in the role of Herbie the agent. Still, Peters remains the heart of both the show and the cast recording, giving a memorably larger-than-life performance that expertly balances grit and pathos.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Bernadette Peters is rare among performers of her generation in that she has largely resisted opportunities in concertizing, recording, and appearing in films and on television to focus on acting and singing on the Broadway stage for a grueling eight shows a week. As a result, she is the biggest star in the American musical theater in her generation. But Broadway composers and librettists are not writing new shows as star vehicles for mature female performers anymore, as they were in Ethel Merman's day. As a result, Peters has turned to revivals to keep her name in lights on the Great White Way, sometimes turning to shows not entirely suited to her talents. Certainly, that was the case in her portrayal of Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, and initially, one might think of her as similarly miscast in another Merman vehicle, Gypsy. But Peters got her professional start in a bit part in a touring production of Gypsy, and she clearly knows the show backwards and forwards. The part of the monstrous Mama Rose may seem a challenge for an actress known for her vulnerability and coy sexuality, but Peters is also a stage veteran who knew what she was getting into. And she has worked hard on this production, work that shows in the cast recording. From Mama Rose's first appearance, calling, "Sing out, Louise!," Peters inhabits the part. She gets the ruthless determination in "Some People," the deliberate flirtatiousness of "You'll Never Get Away From Me," and the irrational optimism of "Everything's Coming Up Roses," not to mention nailing the tour de force climax "Rose's Turn." The supporting cast is fine: John Dossett's Herbie can actually carry a tune, which is a welcome change from previous productions, and Tammy Blanchard's Louise matures convincingly from a mousy daughter to the commanding Gypsy Rose Lee. But this album is all about Peters' interpretation, which will not make theater fans forget Merman, or even Angela Lansbury in the triumphant 1970s revival, but which stands validly on its own.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
Label:
Angel Records
UPC:
0724358385823
catalogNumber:
83858
Rank:
33193

Tracks

  1. Act 1. Overture
  2. Act 1. May We Entertain You  - Heather Tepe
  3. Act 1. Some People
  4. Act 1. Small World
  5. Act 1. Baby June and Her Newsboys  - Eamon Foley
  6. Act 1. Mr. Goldstone
  7. Act 1. Little Lamb  - Tammy Blanchard
  8. Act 1. You'll Never Get Away from Me
  9. Act 1. Dainty June and Her Farmboys  - Matt Bauer
  10. Act 1. Broadway  - Tim Federle
  11. Act 1. If Momma Was Married  - Kate Reinders
  12. Act 1. All I Need Is the Girl  - David Burtka
  13. Act 1. Everything's Coming Up Roses
  14. Act 2. Entr'acte
  15. Act 2. Madame Rose's Toreadorables  - Julie Martell
  16. Act 2. Together, Wherever We Go  - Tammy Blanchard
  17. Act 2. You Gotta Get a Gimmick  - Heather Lee
  18. Act 2. Small World (reprise)
  19. Act 2. Incidental Music  - Tammy Blanchard
  20. Act 2. Gypsy Strip (Let Me Entertain You)  - Tammy Blanchard
  21. Act 2. Rose's Turn
  22. Act 2. Curtain  - Tammy Blanchard

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bernadette Peters   Primary Artist,Vocals,cast
Dennis Anderson   Reeds
Hollis "Bud" Burridge   Trumpet
Bruce Eidem   Trombone
Eileen Folson   Cello
Crystal Garner   Viola
Julie Green   Cello
Ron Jannelli   Reeds
Larry Lunetta   Trumpet
Cubby O'Brien   Drums
Ralph Olsen   Reeds
Roger Wendt   French Horn
Ann Labin   Concert Master
Richard Brice   Viola
William Ellison   Bass
Marvin Laird   Conductor
Maura Giannini   Concert Master
Mort Silver   Reeds
Charles Pillow   Reeds
Fritz Krakowski   Violin
Grace Paradise   Harp
William Parry   Vocals,cast
Victor Schultz   Violin
Michael Seltzer   Trombone
Kate Buddeke   Vocals,cast
Dana Ianculovici   Concert Master
Brooks Ashmanskas   Vocals
John Dossett   Vocals
Michael McCormick   Vocals,cast
MacIntyre Dixon   Vocals,cast
Ethyl Will   Piano
Brooks Ashimanskas   cast
Jordan Viscomi   Vocals,cast
Cathy Trien   cast
Matt Bauer   cast
William Berloni   Animal Sounds
Tammy Blanchard   Vocals,cast
Benjamin Brooks Cohen   Vocals,cast
David Burtka   Vocals,cast
Addison Timlin   Vocals,cast
Dan Miller   Cello
Heather Tepe   Vocals,cast
Joey Dudding   Vocals,cast
Brandon Espinoza   Vocals,cast
Stephen Scott Scarpulla   Vocals,cast
Chandra Lee Schwartz   cast
Pamela Remler   Vocals,cast
Kate Reinders   Vocals,cast
Eamon Foley   Vocals
Julie Halston   Vocals
Dontee Kiehn   Vocals
Heather Lee   Vocals
Tim Federle   Vocals
Gypsy Cast Ensemble   cast
Jenna Gavigan   Vocals
Ginifer King   Vocals
Gypsy Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Matt Bauer   Vocals
Julie Martell   Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer,Lyricist
Robert Fox   Contributor
John Kander   Dance Arrangement
Tom Lazarus   Engineer
Sid Ramin   Orchestration
Jay David Saks   Producer
Jule Styne   Composer
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
Marvin Laird   Dance Arrangement,Music Direction
Maureen Moore   Contributor
Robert Ginzler   Orchestration
Jerome Robbins   Choreographer
Harvey Weinstein   Contributor
Arthur Laurents   Liner Notes,Book
Andrew Eccles   Cover Photo
Tony Ward   Costume Design,Scenic Design
Michael Watt   Contributor
Bryan Brown   Contributor
Kenny Davenport   Company Manager
John Dossett   Contributor
Wally Dunn   Contributor
Patrick Vaccariello   Musical Supervision
Graham Bowen   Contributor
Jim Carnahan   Casting
Jodi Moccia   Associate Choreographer
Sam Mendes   Director
Ron Kastner   Contributor
Roger Marino   Contributor
Alexandra Stevens   Contributor
Gordon H. Jee   Art Direction
Gypsy Rose Lee   Concept

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