Mama Rose

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Betty Buckley Reveals Battle With Arthur Laurents--And So Do I!

    In 1998, Betty Buckley played the immortal stage-mother role of Mama Rose in the Papermill Playhouse of Gypsy, with Debbie Gibson as the title character. It was good (I saw it, naturally), with Buckley bringing her customary wells of emotion to the material. And it was going to transfer to Toronto ... More >>

  • Film

    November 7, 2012
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    April 9, 2012

    Fabulous Interview With Roslyn Kind!

    A sumptuous singer and a really fun person, Roslyn Kind is coming to Brooklyn College for a concert on Saturday April 28 at 8 PM, accompanied by piano. On imdb, it says she's Barbra Streisand's half sister, James Brolin's sister-in-law, Josh Brolin's stepaunt, and Elliot Gould's ex-sister in-law, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Streisand Impressionist Defends Babs' Choice Of Gypsy

    There's been a lot of talk -- mainly right here -- about whether Barbra Streisand is the right choice to play the feisty Mama Rose in the new movie version of the classic musical Gypsy. Well, I just heard from Steven Brinberg, who for years has done a letter-perfect Babs homage called Simply Barbra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Who Should Be Barbra's Herbie In Gypsy?

    I love giving casting advice for free, especially when a movie like Barbra Streisand's Gypsy--as it will forever be known--seems to need it so badly. I won't dare to cast the title role, since an age-appropriate daughter for a 70-year-old would probably be Madonna--and while she'd be great as a str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Columnist Defends Streisand In Gypsy

    As you know, Barbra Streisand is going ahead with her plan to play Mama Rose in another movie of Gypsy, the musical about the tomboy who becomes a star largely thanks to the stage mother she ends up wanting to go away. Well, there's been a lot of cynicism about Babs, who's turning 70, playing this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    The Song "Some People" Through The Years

    Surely you know the song "Some People" from the musical Gypsy. Oh, you're straight and under 50?

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Catching Up With Andrea McArdle

    ​Andrea McArdle charmed Broadway audiences as Annie in 1977, but she grew up to do a lot of other stuff--and she's still surprising! Andrea is in Greenwood, a New York Musical Theatre Festival entry about a theater camp, which I talked to her about at the last Times Square Social. Me: Hi, An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    I Know Who Should Play The Three Strippers In Gypsy!

    ​As you know, Barbra Streisand is reportedly going to make a movie where she's Grandma Rose--I mean Mama Rose--in Gypsy. Well, I have a great idea as to who should play the worn out yet educational ecdysiasts who sing "You Gotta Get A Gimick" to young Gypsy Rose Lee as they show off the shtic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2011

    Streisand's Gypsy: Is It Off Now That Laurents Has Died?

    ​Sixty-nine-year-old Barbra Streisand was all set to play Mama Rose in a movie of the ultimate show biz musical, Gypsy, but then you'll recall that author Arthur Laurents decided not to go ahead with it because theater's joy is its evanescence blah blah blah. And then I heard the project was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    The Five Best 11 O'Clock Numbers In Broadway History

    ​An 11 o'clock number is a song that comes towards the very end of a Broadway musical, when a leading character has a fit of emotion and pours it out in music. It's a showstopper that's generally designed to give the tourists something to hum about when they leave. My five faves in ascending ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Beyonce, Streisand, and Willow Smith Bring Back The Movie Musical

    ​Last year, Burlesque was the only musical to hit the screen (unlike you count Camp Rock 2 and Scott Pilgrim), but somehow that was enough to make the genre catch fire again. No fewer than three major divas are going ahead with large-scale movie musicals. And interestingly, every one of them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Streisand In Talks To Do Gypsy!

    ​It's a gay man's wet dream. Singer, Oscar winner, star, and Donna Karan wearer Barbra Streisand is in negotiations to play the fiercely tunnel-visioned Mama Rose in a movie of Gypsy, according to The Post's Michael Riedel. Normally I'd say "Enough with Gypsy!" but the chance to see Streisan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Patti LuPone is the New Ethel Merman

    via​In 1987's tap-happy revival of Anything Goes, Patti LuPone scored as Reno Sweeney, the role originated by big-lunged Ethel Merman in the 30s. In 2008, she picked up a Tony for playing Mama Rose, another Merman role, in a rousing retread of Gypsy. And now, she going to tak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    From the Annals of Questionable Ideas: Exchange Bar and Grill, A Stock-Market-Themed Restaurant

    ​Quick, what's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the stock market? If you're thinking "fun!" we probably run in different circles. But hey, as Mama Rose says, you've got to get a gimmick if you want to get ahead, and a new restaurant opening on April 1st in the Gramercy Park ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    A Toast To Tovah Feldshuh

    ​Broadway types lined up to honor four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh at the Friars Club the other night, where a lot of the jokes were about her birth name (Terri Sue Feldshuh) and her current, more Hebrew one. "She was actually born Ann Quinn," claimed toastmaster Freddie Roman, "but her m ... More >>

  • Film

    August 18, 2009

    'Yesterday's Angel: Natalie Wood' at Walter Reade

    Celebrating the actress's (not entirely angelic) splendor

  • Voice Choices

    April 29, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Broadway Gay Shockers From The Golden Years

    I was skimming through the memoir Original Story By Arthur Laurents for some more insight into the back-on-the-boards classic West Side Story, which Laurents wrote the book for, and I found some real eyebrow-raisers.

  • Columns

    May 27, 2008

    Marc Jacobs' Brazilian Bombshell Boyfriend!

    A review of the Broadway season's best leg-breaking, plus some arm-twisting

  • Columns

    October 17, 2006
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    August 15, 2006
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    May 25, 2004
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    February 24, 2004
  • Theater

    May 6, 2003

    Revival of the Fittest

    Old's Always Better; the Hard Part Is Making It New

  • Columns

    May 6, 2003
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    December 31, 2002
  • Music

    October 29, 2002
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    October 13, 1998

    NY Mirror

    ''In Rounders, John Malkovich chewed so much scenery that it's a wonder there were any card tables left.''