Gypsy [Television Soundtrack]

Gypsy [Television Soundtrack]

by Bette Midler Bette Midler


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Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim's score for Gypsy has had five major recordings: the 1959 original Broadway cast album starring Ethel Merman; the 1962 original motion picture soundtrack starring Rosalind Russell, partially dubbed by Lisa Kirk; the 1973 London cast album starring Angela Lansbury; the 1989 Broadway revival cast album starring Tyne Daly; and here, the 1993 television soundtrack starring Bette Midler. The casting of Midler as Rose, the ultimate stage mother, seemed ideal; she is an accomplished actress with a theatrical background and a well-known singer with a feisty personality. The production made a point of sticking to the original show, and the supporting players, Peter Riegert, Cynthia Gibb, and Jennifer Beck (who actually got a fair amount of singing time, along with some others) were excellent. But any production of Gypsy stands or falls on the actress who plays Rose, and Midler turned out to be able to handle some aspects of the part, but not all. As a pop singer, she was too accustomed to being ingratiating and sympathetic to be as much of a monster as Rose is supposed to be, and she didn't quite have the voice for the more demanding songs. On "Small World," "You'll Never Get Away from Me," and "Together, Wherever We Go," songs in which Rose is being as nice as possible, Midler was fine. But in the more confrontational numbers, such as "Some People" and "Everything's Coming Up Roses," she didn't go far enough. You'd have thought that would make Rose's climactic nervous breakdown, "Rose's Turn," beyond Midler, too, but actually she brought that off well, adapting the performance to the small screen. On the whole, then, Midler did a respectable job, but not the one she was capable of, if she had worked harder. As such, this Gypsy, while a vast improvement over the disastrous movie soundtrack, was on a par with the Tyne Daly revival, but not a patch on Angela Lansbury's well-acted version or Ethel Merman's definitive interpretation.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/1993
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678255120
catalogNumber: 82551
Rank: 124066


  1. Overture
  2. May We Entertain You
  3. Some People
  4. Small World
  5. Baby June and Her Newsboys
  6. Mr. Goldstone
  7. Little Lamb
  8. You'll Never Get Away from Me
  9. Dainty June and Her Farmboys
  10. If Momma Was Married
  11. All I Need Is the Girl
  12. Everything's Coming up Roses
  13. Together (Wherever We Go)
  14. You Gotta Get a Gimmick
  15. Let Me Entertain You
  16. Rose's Turn
  17. End Credits

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bette Midler   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Gary Foster   Woodwind
Steve Kujala   Woodwind
Michael Moore   Vocals,Track Performer
Joey Cee   Vocals,Track Performer
Tamara Chang   Violin
Jon Clarke   Woodwind
Wade Culbreath   Percussion
Chuck Domanico   Bass
Endre Granat   Violin
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Linda Hart   Track Performer
Gwen Heller   Violin
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Dan Higgins   Woodwind
Ron Jannelli   Woodwind
Patricia Johnson   Violin
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
L. Kuennen-Proper   Violin
Janet Lakatos   Viola
Roger Lebow   Cello
Doug Masek   Woodwind
Elizabeth Moss   Vocals,Track Performer
Dan Neufeld   Viola
Joe Porcaro   Percussion
Barbara Porter   Violin
Rachel Robinson   Violin
Robert Schumitzky   Violin
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Ken Wild   Bass
Albie Berk   Drums
Gayle Levant   Harp
David Loeb   Piano
Marcia Dickstein   Harp
Michael Rafter   Conductor
Rebecca Barr   Violin
Patrick Boyd   Vocals
Lacey Chabert   Vocals,Track Performer
Christine Ebersole   Vocals,Track Performer
Laura Kuennen-Poper   Violin
Terry Lindholm   Vocals
Peter Lockyer   Vocals
Anna McNeely   Vocals,Track Performer
Barbara Hunter   Cello
Alex Iles   Trombone
Phillip Teele   Trombone
John A. Reynolds   French Horn
Chris Ermacoff   Cello
Matthew Funes   Viola
Ralph Morrison   Violin

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Bette Midler   Contributor
Rachel Sweet   Contributor
Michael Moore   Contributor
John Kander   Arranger
Joey Cee   Contributor
Linda Hart   Contributor
Michael Jeter   Contributor
Arif Mardin   Producer
Andrea Martin   Contributor
Elizabeth Moss   Contributor
Sid Ramin   Orchestration
Rebecca Evans Russell   Contributor
Jule Styne   Composer
Michael Rafter   Arranger,Director,Producer
Curt Sobel   Producer
Bonnie Bruckheimer   Executive Producer
Robert Ginzler   Orchestration
Elkin Antoniou   Contributor
Patrick Boyd   Contributor
Lacey Chabert   Contributor
Terry Lindholm   Contributor
David Marciano   Contributor
John C. Moskoff   Contributor
Peggy Names   Engineer
Mike Nussbaum   Contributor
Marilyn Rising   Contributor
Robert Schaper   Producer,Engineer
Tony Shalhoub   Contributor
Craig Zadan   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Anne Vareze   Contributor
Johnny La Motta   Contributor
Edward Asner   Contributor
Neil Meron   Executive Producer
Charlie Paakkari   Engineer

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