Some People- Liza Minnelli
LOOK ITS JESSE
You have undone all of Dr. Sandor Plumb’s work.
Heartbreaking because she never got to be Madam Rose.
Caution: get some mood stabilizer party mix at the ready.
“Barbra sang a Jule Styne showstopper on a tugboat? Well, I’m gonna sing one on a goddamned oil rig, because I’m Shirley Motherfucking Bassey, bitches!”
It’s so Welsh!
I know all the reasons the original film version of Gypsy is derided, but I think as a whole it works, and Rosalind Russell makes up for her limited singing ability by acting the hell out of the role. Well, acting and some dubbing assistance from Lisa Kirk.
Drop whatever you’re doing and spend the next six-and-a-half minutes reveling in this video of three songs from the 1974 Broadway revival of Gypsy starring Angela Lansbury as Rose: Some People, Together, and Rose’s Turn. (The dance break during together was a particularly surprising treat!)
I know I’ve been featuring a disproportionate amount of Gypsy on this blog of late, but when I come across stuff like this, how can I not share it?
In honor of tonight’s Tony Awards, here’s Angela Lansbury opening the 1989 Tony Awards with “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” (The song starts at about 0:40, and don’t worry, the sound comes up in time for the song.)
(No one’s going to talk about how that’s Brian Williams at the beginning?)
Smiling so hard it hurts.
Raise your hand if you have ever been personally victimized by Mama Rose.