Gypsy [1989 Broadway Revival Cast]

Gypsy [1989 Broadway Revival Cast]

by Original Broadway Cast
     
 
Despite having won the Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Drama in 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1988 for her role in the 1982-1988 network television police series Cagney & Lacey (she was Lacey), second-generation TV actress Tyne Daly would not have seemed to most musical theater enthusiasts to be a likely candidate to play the starring role of Rose in the venerable

Overview

Despite having won the Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Drama in 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1988 for her role in the 1982-1988 network television police series Cagney & Lacey (she was Lacey), second-generation TV actress Tyne Daly would not have seemed to most musical theater enthusiasts to be a likely candidate to play the starring role of Rose in the venerable Broadway musical Gypsy, if only because her stage experience was limited and she was not known to be a singer. By 1989, she was a star, however, known to millions of television viewers, and her series had ended, which made her a good bet (if she could at least carry a tune) for a national tour of Gypsy, since her fans could be counted on to come out so they could see her in person. And during the six months of that tour, which began May 2, 1989, she was able to hone her performance such that a Broadway opening became a valid possibility. After all, the perennial hit show had been away from New York for 15 years, the same amount of time that had passed between the Ethel Merman-starring original production in 1959 and the Angela Lansbury-starring revival in 1974. When Daly opened in Gypsy on Broadway on November 16, 1989, she pleasantly surprised the critics, leading to an extended run and this cast album, recorded in January 1990. By its evidence, the quality she brought to Rose was more an acting than a singing one. The part is essentially unsympathetic as written by librettist Arthur Laurents, but Merman and Lansbury brought their charm and charisma to it, winning audiences over. Some of those who went to see Daly knew her from TV, of course, but as the dialogue excerpts included on this album show, she was willing to go with some of the less appealing aspects of the character. As for her singing, well, she can carry a tune, but she doesn't really deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with her predecessors, which is more of a problem on an album than in the theater. It means that, as a recording, this version of Gypsy is largely valuable as a souvenir for those who saw Daly play the part, not providing any real competition to the original Broadway cast album with Merman. The rest of the cast is fine, with Jonathan Hadary as a particular stand-out in the male lead of Herbie. (The 1989 Broadway revival of Gypsy won the Tony Award for Best Revival, and Daly won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical; the show ran 581 performances.)

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/1990
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597923926
catalogNumber:
79239

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist
Jana Robbins   cast
Kenny Berger   Clarinet,Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Alfred Brown   Viola
Mort Bullman   Trombone
Katie Dennis   French Horn
Andy Drelles   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Tarack   Violin
Anthony Gorruso   Trumpet
Juliet Haffner   Viola
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Joseph Malin   Violin
Bruce Moore   cast
George Moran   Bass Trombone
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Mike Ponella   Trumpet
Clay Ruede   Cello
Glenn Rhian   Drums
Mitchell Stern   Violin
Bruce Wang   Cello
Tyne Daly   Vocals,cast
Ann Labin   Violin
William Ellison   Bass
William Kerr   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Crista Moore   Vocals,cast
Michael Rafter   Piano
Barbara Erwin   Vocals,cast
Robert Lambert   Vocals,cast
Ed Joffe   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Phil Granger   Trumpet
Bruce Doctor   Percussion
David Bakamjian   Cello
Gregorio Follari   Cello
Susan Follari   Viola
Rick Henly   Trumpet
Byung-Kook Kwak   Violin
Anna McNeely   Vocals,cast
Frank Wang   Violin
Peter Angelo   Clarinet,English Horn,Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Ronn Carroll   cast
Jonathan Hadary   Vocals,cast
Lori Ann Mahl   cast
Maryellen Hester   Violin
Patteé Cohen   Harp
Bobby John Carter   Vocals
Christen Tassin   Vocals
Gypsy Cast Ensemble   cast
Demetri Callas   Vocals
Gypsy Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Danny Cistone   Vocals
Dennis Elliot   Trombone
Jana Robbns   Vocals
Tracy Venner   Vocals
Lance Robinson   Vocals
Kristen Mahon   Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer,Lyricist
Paul Goodman   Engineer
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
John McClure   Producer
Sid Ramin   Orchestration
Jule Styne   Composer
Robert Ginzler   Orchestration
Eric Stern   Music Direction
Kristeen Ballard   Art Direction
Arthur Laurents   Liner Notes,Book
Tony Magner   Art Direction

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