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

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

by Ethel Merman
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/2009
Label:
Masterworks
UPC:
0886974940623
catalogNumber:
749406

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ethel Merman   Primary Artist,Vocals
Stephen Sondheim   Vocals
Jule Styne   Interviewee
Bernie Knee   Vocals
Gene Castle   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
Steve Curry   Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Lyricist
Michael Feinstein   Interviewer
John 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
Robert Wolf   Reissue Mixing Engineer
Thomas Z. Shepard   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
George B. Dale   Liner Notes
Robert Ginzler   Orchestration
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Arthur Laurents   Book
Robert Wolff   Reissue Mixing Engineer
Spoken Wordz   Composer
Betty Wahlberg   Arranger
Elizabeth A. Wright   Art Direction,Product Development

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