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OMG! Streisand To Play Mama Rose In Gypsy!

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Okay, here's the thing: No one can deny that you couldn't take your eyes off of Rosalind Russell in the 1960's version of Gypsy. She was stellar, perfection even. She made Mama Rose the iconic character she is today.

But if there was anyone who was groomed to fill Rosalind's shoes in the rumored movie remake of the classic musical, it's Barbra Streisand.

Sources are reporting that Babs is at the top of the short list to not only star as Mama Rose in the Gypsy remake, but also produce and direct! But everyone knows, if you going to do Gypsy, you need the blessing of one man to do so - Arthur Laurents, who wrote the book to the show.

Thankfully, in a recent interview, Arthur revealed he would be nothing but thrilled if Babs decided to proceed with the project. He told sources:

"Barbra and I have been getting along very well now for some time. We've talked about it a lot, and she knows what she's doing. She has my approval."

In that case…. DO IT! PLEASE!

What a marvelous opportunity to remind the world of the powerhouse performer you are, Miz Streisand! We've been waiting for something like this from you for years! We can think of nothing in the world we want more than to see this come together!

We're going to pray to the musical gods tonight and every night after, until we hear official word that this is going to happen!

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27 comments to “OMG! Streisand To Play Mama Rose In Gypsy!”



  1. 1

    Babs could pass for Jennifer Aniston's mom in this photo. Fab and Fierce



  2. 2

    Bette Midler did it best in her made for TV version of Gypsy. sorry.



  3. 3

    UGH enough with the effing remakes! There are plenty of other shows that could work in movies, there is no need to recycle!

    -_-



  4. 4

    Yeah I had to comment Bette Midler did it best.



  5. 5

    Bette Midler already did this. You can't top that.



  6. 6

    YES!!!!



  7. 7

    IF SHE'S STARRING, PRODUCING, AND DIRECTING WE MAY NOT SEE THIS FILM IN OUR LIFETIME. SHE'S UNRELENTING IN HER PERFECTIONISM. I HAVE NO DOUBT SHE CAN DO IT, BUT IT WILL BE UPHILL ALL THE WAY.



  8. 8

    She's more of a dead ringer for Mama Cass Elliot than Mama Rose.



  9. 9

    Re: LetttyB – Why do people refer to people who redo and restructure things multiple times as "perfectionists"? They're indecisive bastards who didn't know what they wanted in the first place and wasted everyone else's time getting to a place they should have known they were headed to in the first place. Perfectionist? No.



  10. 10

    no, roz russel is not the one who made that role, ETHEL MERMANN was. duh.



  11. 11

    I seriously thought that was Jennifer Aniston when I just saw the small picture… Frightening



  12. 12

    Bette Midler was alright, but if their going to go big, Barbra is the best choice to play Mama Rose with that voice alone. Now for the role of Gypsy herself for sure either Natalie Portman or Carey Mulligan.



  13. 13

    Love Rosalind Russel in anything! Thanks to TCM. But Babs can do this. I have not seen Bette's movie yet. I don't care for Classic movie remakes that much. But, Rosalind starred in Auntie Mame also. Now I would love to see that again too. Time will tell who did it as well as Rosalind Russell.



  14. 14

    they should get natalie portman for gypsy rose lee!!!! hands down



  15. 15

    Re: estebanito POINT TAKEN ESTEBANITO. I THINK SHE'S TALENTED, ECCENTRIC BUT TALENTED, SO THE WORD PERFECTIONIST WORKED FOR ME. I REALLY DON'T THINK SHE'S INDECISIVE BUT I THINK SHE IS NEVER EVER SATISFIED. BUT POINT TAKEN.



  16. 16

    I think she's too old. Besides, No one can top Patti's performance.



  17. 17

    oh that would be faboules. She can definetly play the part. Hope she says yes :D



  18. 18

    How many remakes can one movie get - and non compare to the original - waste of money f you ask me.



  19. 19

    Ethel Merman made the Mama Rose the iconic character she is today, not Rosalind Russell. And she doesn't just need Arthur Laurents approval - Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics for 'Gypsy'
    I think Barbra's great, but I also think she'll be awful as Rose. If only Bernadette were commercial enough for them … not looking forward to this one!



  20. 20

    If she does this, I'm sure it will be great. She's a fantastic director, but I would think it would be easier to deliver a stellar performance in a MUSICAL if someone else directed it, like Baz Lurhman or Julie Taymor.

    p.s. Bette Midler was great, but it was a TV version, not a Motion Picture with a massive budget.



  21. 21

    SHE IS A REAL DIVA GOOD FOR HER AND HER FANS



  22. 22

    Another remake……shoot me.



  23. 23

    Re: estebanito – especially true in barbra streieands case as her movies (the ones she produces, acts and directs) always suck. anyone ever see nuts? its truly a dreadful movie with some seriouse over acting happening.



  24. 24

    Capital P-a-t-t-i Capital L-u-p-o-n-e - don't you know who the fuck I am???



  25. 25

    Capital P-a-t-t-i Capital L-u- Capital P -o-n-e - don't you know who the fuck I am???

    edit



  26. 26

    Re: estebanito – Shut up.



  27. 27

    That movie should be totally awesome but then again it depends on who they cast as Gypsy Rose Lee. They better really give that some thought.