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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 style


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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Angel Records


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
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
Mort Silver   Reeds

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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Gypsy [The New Broadway Cast Recording] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Starring as Rose, Bernadette Peters is OUTSTANDING in this new revival of Stephan Sodheim's classic of GYPSY. I love Tammy Blanchard and Kate in "If Momma was married". The songs that I really love in this CD are "Some people" and "Roses Turn", Bernadette Peters ROCKS!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this CD, and I immediately thougt, "Wow, i gotta buy this." A few months ago, about three, I saw Gypsy on broadway, with Bernadette Peters. SHe was absolutely amazing, and she stays true to this in the CD. The other people are great as well, Tammy Blanchard and so on. The show was fabulous, B.P. got a standing ovation in the second half for "Rose's Turn," which she did a fantastic job on. I highly reccommend this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can say is WOW! Last spring I went to go see Gypsy and it was amazing! Everyone was absolutely fantastic! Now all I have to do is get the most antisipated soundtrack!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This recording is flawless! It is done with aboslute perfection! Bernadette Peters has done it again! To listen to her voice change with each emotion in differnet songs is amazing! She puts 150% into each and every song and you can really tell! Peters is joined by her costar, Tammy Blanchard who is new to the Broadway Stage! Tammy has blown me away with her amazing voice and awesome emotions. John Dosset nails the role of Herbie! This recording of "Gypsy" is by far the BEST! I give it 10 STARS! This is an absolute must!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bernadette Peters has made the most passionate broadway recording I have heard in years. A must have.