Gypsy [2008 Broadway Revival Cast / B&N Exclusive Version]

Gypsy [2008 Broadway Revival Cast / B&N Exclusive Version]

by Patti LuPone

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Winner of three Tony Awards -- for Best Leading Actress, Best Featured Actor, and Best Featured Actress -- this 2008 Broadway revival of Gypsy stars the great Patti LuPone as Mama Rose, with fellow Tony winners Boyd Gaines and Laura Benanti as Herbie and Gypsy Rose Lee, respectively. Barnes & Noble's exclusive version of the 2008 cast recording boasts Eight…  See more details below


Winner of three Tony Awards -- for Best Leading Actress, Best Featured Actor, and Best Featured Actress -- this 2008 Broadway revival of Gypsy stars the great Patti LuPone as Mama Rose, with fellow Tony winners Boyd Gaines and Laura Benanti as Herbie and Gypsy Rose Lee, respectively. Barnes & Noble's exclusive version of the 2008 cast recording boasts Eight Bonus Tracks on a bonus CD.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The third Broadway revival of the 1959 musical Gypsy closed on May 30, 2004; the fourth, chronicled on this album, opened on March 27, 2008, a gap of less than four years. Ordinarily, even a perennially popular show like Gypsy would be revived on Broadway only, say, once a decade. But few questioned the wisdom of mounting the show again in 2008, and it quickly became a hit before winning three Tony Awards. The reason, simply, is casting. The third revival featured Bernadette Peters in the starring role of Mama Rose, the maniacal stage mother to the girl who becomes stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, a casting decision that some questioned as inappropriate. Quite the opposite was the case with Patti LuPone, who plays Mama Rose here. LuPone has made a career of portraying relatively unsympathetic characters, starting with her Tony-winning turn as Eva Peron in Evita and including Mrs. Lovett, baker of the human meatpies in a 2005 Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd. In her liner notes to this album, LuPone recounts her agreeing to appear in a 2006 production of Gypsy at the Ravinia Festival outside Chicago by saying that she knew "there were many people who wanted to see me play the part," a considerable understatement. That performance was followed by one as part of the City Center Encores! series of concert versions of musicals in New York in 2007, and then this production. Although the casting might seem perfect, however, LuPone had to actually go out and make the role her own, and she has, resulting in her second Tony Award. Her Mama Rose is full of pain and guile as well as bluster, just what the part needs. And, of course, it is sung beautifully. Happily, the star is accompanied by strong supporting performers, including Boyd Gaines as Rose's romantic interest Herbie, and Laura Benanti as Louise (a/k/a Gypsy Rose Lee), both of whom also took home Tonys. Record producer Robert Sher and his associates seem to have realized that, even if LuPone and co. could make theatergoers forget all previous Gypsys on-stage, they had to compete with four previous cast albums, not to mention a movie and a TV soundtrack, and they have done so by making this, as the liner notes say, "the most complete recording of Gypsy ever." It is, in fact, more than complete in that surviving creators Arthur Laurents (who wrote the book) and Stephen Sondheim (who wrote the lyrics to Jule Styne's music) dug into their trunks and found a batch of cut songs, then had the current cast perform them. These tracks, two versions of "Mother's Day," "Momma's Talkin' Soft" (a countermelody to "Small World"), "Nice She Ain't," "Smile, Girls," "Who Needs Him?," and "Three Wishes for Christmas," open up the show in interesting ways. In particular, "Nice She Ain't" might have given Herbie more to do, if the original actor cast in the part, Jack Klugman, had had enough of a singing voice to sing it; Gaines does. "Smile, Girls" and "Who Needs Him?" are excellent songs, although it's easy to tell why they were cut, since they are essentially redundant in terms of the plot. "Three Wishes for Christmas" deserves to join the pantheon of perennially popular holiday songs, and now it may get its chance. With this material, the 2008 Gypsy is more than just another terrific recording of one of Broadway's best scores. [The edition of the album sold by Barnes & Noble added an extra CD containing 11 minutes' worth of dialogue excerpts and musical interludes from the show. This material was not nearly as valuable as the cut songs, but since Barnes & Noble was selling the album for the same price others were charging for the single-disc version, the bonus was an inducement to purchase it there.]

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Release Date:
Time Life Records

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Disc 1

  1. Act 1. Overture
  2. Act 1. May We Entertain You
  3. Act 1. Some People
  4. Act 1. Seattle to Los Angeles
  5. Act 1. Small World
  6. Act 1. Baby June and Her Newsboys/Let Me Entertain You
  7. Act 1. Have an Eggroll, Mr. Goldstone
  8. Act 1. Little Lamb
  9. Act 1. You'll Never Get Away from Me
  10. Act 1. Dainty June and Her Farmboys
  11. Act 1. Broadway
  12. Act 1. If Momma Was Married
  13. Act 1. All I Need Is the Girl
  14. Act 1. Everything's Coming Up Roses
  15. Act 2. Madame Rose's Toreadorables
  16. Act 2. Together Wherever We Go
  17. Act 2. You Gotta Get a Gimmick
  18. Act 2. The Strip
  19. Act 2. Rose's Turn
  20. Tomorrow's Mothers Day, song (cut from Gypsy)
  21. Mother's Day, song (alternate version) (cut from Gypsy)
  22. Small World / Momma's Talkin' Soft (cut from Gypsy)
  23. Nice She Ain't, song (cut from Gypsy)
  24. Smile, Girls, song (cut from Gypsy)
  25. Who Needs Him?, song (cut from Gypsy)
  26. Three Wishes for Christmas, song (cut from Gypsy)

Disc 2

  1. Let Me Entertain You (scene, dialogue and underscoring)
  2. Miss Crachitt (dialogue lines, scenes)
  3. All I Need Is the Girl (musical scene change music)
  4. Entr'acte
  5. You Gotta Get a Gimmick (musical scene change music)
  6. The Strip (musical scene change music)
  7. Act 2 Finale (entire full scene)
  8. Exit Music

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patti LuPone   Primary Artist,Vocals,Actor
Bill Bateman   Vocals
Alison Fraser   Vocals
Laura Benanti   Vocals,Actor
Marilyn Caskey   Vocals
Patrick Vaccariello   Conductor
Leigh Ann Larkin   Vocals
Tony Yazbeck   Vocals
Lenora Nemetz   Vocals,Actor
Sami Gayle   Vocals,Actor
Gypsy Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Gypsy Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Boyd Gaines   Vocals
Emma Rowley   Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Lyricist
Patti LuPone   Liner Notes
Sid Ramin   Orchestration
Jule Styne   Composer
Jonathan Tunick   Orchestration
Joan Marcus   Cover Photo
Robert Sher   Producer,Package Concept
Robert Ginzler   Orchestration
Serino Coyne   Logo Design
Steven Suskin   Liner Notes,Synopsis
Arthur Laurents   Book
Mike Jason   Executive Producer
Olivia Kim   Editorial Research
Adam Long   Engineer
Darrell McClanahan   Mastering
Brandon Wardell   Producer
Joshua Clayton   Orchestration
Betty Wahlberg   Dance Arrangement
Martin Pakladinaz   Illustrations
Daniel Troob   Orchestration
Philo Barnhart   Illustrations

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