Gypsy [Original Broadway Cast] [50th Anniversary Edition]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This tribute to burlesque was a star vehicle for Ethel Merman. The score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim includes the Merman standard "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and the song that is invariably used to introduce anything having to do with the strip tease, "Let Me Entertain You." A 702-performance hit in its original production (which is captured here), the show was considered the definitive Merman performance and the crowning achievement of her long career. (It marked her final appearance in a new Broadway musical, though she later appeared in revivals.) It is also considered one of the great American musicals of all time, balanced between the broad show business...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This tribute to burlesque was a star vehicle for Ethel Merman. The score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim includes the Merman standard "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and the song that is invariably used to introduce anything having to do with the strip tease, "Let Me Entertain You." A 702-performance hit in its original production (which is captured here), the show was considered the definitive Merman performance and the crowning achievement of her long career. (It marked her final appearance in a new Broadway musical, though she later appeared in revivals.) It is also considered one of the great American musicals of all time, balanced between the broad show business entertainment represented by composer Styne and the modern dark psychological drama typical of Sondheim, who, as with his previous effort, West Side Story, was contributing only lyrics, though he would go on to write music and lyrics for a series of musicals from the 1960s on. The 1999 reissue produced by Thomas Z. Shepard reconceived the 1959 album produced by Goddard Lieberson, returning to the original session tapes for several fixes, extensions, and alterations to the tracks "Baby June and Her Newsboys," "All I Need Is the Girl," "You Gotta Get a Gimmick," "Let Me Entertain You," and "Rose's Turn." The reissue also added four bonus tracks, among them two songs cut from the score before it reached Broadway, "Momma's Talkin' Soft" and "Nice She Ain't," as well as scratchy piano demos of "Some People" (with different lyrics) and a medley of "Mr. Goldstone" and "Little Lamb," the latter sung by Merman for the first time. The 2009 50th anniversary reissue repeated the version released in 1999 and added three more bonus tracks to bring the CD's running time past 75 minutes. Sondheim contributed a publisher's demo of the cut song "Who Needs Him?" with an unnamed female vocalist. Michael Feinstein provided a 1990 interview with Styne about the show. And the album concluded with the real Gypsy Rose Lee's scripted (and in some cases rhyming) reminiscences about her days in burlesque.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886974940623
  • Catalog Number: 749406
  • Sales rank: 807

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ethel Merman Primary Artist, Vocals
Original Cast Recording Indexed Contributor
Stephen Sondheim Vocals
Jule Styne Interviewee
Bernie Knee Vocals
Gene Castle Vocals
Steve Curry Vocals
Jack Klugman Vocals
Maria Karnilova Vocals
Faith Dane Vocals
Karen Moore Vocals
David Winters Vocals
Laura Leslie Vocals
Chotzi Foley Vocals
Lane Bradbury Vocals
Jacqueline Mayro Vocals
Ian Tucker Vocals
Billy Harris Vocals
Paul Wallace Vocals
Marvin Arnold Vocals
Michael Park Vocals
Gypsy Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Bill Harris Vocals
Don Emmons Vocals
Ricky Coll Vocals
Karen Moore Vocals
Bobby Brownell Vocals
Gypsy Rose Lee Interviewee
Sandra Church Vocals
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Lyricist
Michael Feinstein Interviewer
Kander Arranger
Didier C. Deutsch Reissue Producer
Goddard Lieberson Producer
Sid Ramin Orchestration
Milton Rosenstock Music Direction
Jule Styne Composer
Todd Whitelock Reissue Mixing Engineer
Mark Wilder Remastering
Robert Wolf Reissue Mixing Engineer
Thomas Z. Shepard Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
George B. Dale Liner Notes
Darcy Proper Remastering
Robert Ginzler Orchestration
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Arthur Laurents Book
Robert Wolff Reissue Mixing Engineer
Spoken Wordz Composer
Elizabeth A. Wright Product Development
Betty Wahlberg Arranger
Darcy M. Proper Remastering
Elizabeth A. Wright Art Direction
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