Gypsy [Television Soundtrack]

Gypsy [Television Soundtrack]

by Bette MidlerBette 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/1993
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678255120
catalogNumber: 82551
Rank: 91209

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
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
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

Customer Reviews

Gypsy [Television Soundtrack] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jdchandler More than 1 year ago
I disagree with the review on this site. Bette Midler is the best one to play this role. Not only is she a great singer, but she is a great actor. Rose becomes a real person in this version and the songs make sense. When Ethel Merman sings Everything's Coming Up Roses it makes no sense at all -- but when Bette sings we hear Rose losing touch with reality. Playing Rose as a monster is just kind of stupid. Playing her as a real mother who loses her grip makes good sense and a great show. Bette sings the best versions of Some People and Small World that I have heard. I enjoy Angela Lansbury in this role, but she is just not that great a singer, if you ask me. Rosalind Russell was terrible in the movie. I didn't even know about Tyne Daley - I can only imagine. If you don't know the Patty Lupone revival it is worth checking out. I think it was part of the Encore series. Lupone is a great singer and a good actor too. She is my second favorite Rose.