Fresh from the news of her upcoming Grammy season honors, Barbra Streisand is going for a post Fockers comeback “as Rose, the mother of all stage mamas,” in a remake of the 1962 film musical, “Gypsy.” The New York Times reports that she has met with the original creators, Arthur Laurents and legendary composer/constant NPR favorite Stephen Sondheim. Both gave their blessings.
Laurents, shot down rumors that Streisand would also direct, saying no director had yet been chosen and that the role, originally played by actress Rosalind Russell, was enough for her. He also mentioned that the name Tom Hanks was thrown around to play Rose’s love interest, Herbie. “Barbra loved the idea,” Laurents said. If that sounds crazy, keep in mind that Karl Malden played the role in 1962.
Natalie Wood starred in the original, as Gypsy Rose Lee, burlesque dancer and daughter of the aggressive stage mother, Rose. It’s unclear who would try to fill Wood’s shoes at this point. The film was an adaptation of a 1959 stage musical, lyrics by Sondheim, based on a book written by Laurents — which borrowed from the memoirs of the real Gypsy Rose Lee, infamous strip tease artist of the 1930’s. Lee went on to become a film and TV actress and wrote the titillating 1941 detective novel, “The G-String Murders.”
People were once so easily entertained: