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Monday, November 5, 2018

Herbie leaves Rose – Gypsy (1993) HD + Small World Redux – Video

Herbie leaves Rose - Gypsy (1993) HD + Small Word Redux

SMALL WORLD - Bette Midler From the Broadway Musical "Gypsy" (1959) (Music: Jule Styne / Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim)

Funny, you're a stranger who's come here Come from another town Funny, I'm a stranger myself here Small world, isn't it? Funny, you're a girl who goes trav'lin' Rather than settlin' down Funny, 'cause I'd love to go trav'lin' Small world, isn't it? We have so much in common It's a phenomenon We could pool our resources By joining forces from now on Lucky, you're a girl who likes children That's an important sign Lucky, 'cause I'd love to have children Small world, isn't it? Funny, isn't it? Small and funny and fine (bridge) Lucky, 'cause I'd love to have children Small world, isn't it? Funny, isn't it? Small and funny and fine
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Friday, September 30, 2016

On The Ethel Merman Legacy Of Gypsy:

Bette Midler On The Ethel Merman Legacy Of Gypsy: ” I felt the ghost of Ethel was definitely hovering over me. And I didn’t want to listen to it because I didn’t want to be affected by that voice when I was making my own way through the songs. Still, I did feel her performance was one of those performances that are considered legendary. . . .” (1993)

Image may contain: 1 person , people smiling BetteBack December 10, 1993: The Pairing Of Bette Midler And “Gypsy” Is Inspired

BetteBack January 21, 1990: Bette Midler And Cher To Star In ‘Angry Housewives’ (This Would’ve Been A Hit!) Read More

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

BetteBack March 20, 1993: ‘Gypsy’ Casting And A Return To The Concert Circuit For Miss M

Indiana Gazette
March 20, 1993


Bette Midler makes her dramatic television film debut later this year when she stars in CBS’ three-hour version of the Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim theater legend “Gypsy,” playing the stage mother to end all stage mothers, the rapacious Rose.

Rehearsals for “Gypsy” begin this month with shooting slated for May. And here’s some casting news. In the role of the long-suffering Herbie, who wants Rose to settle down and get out of show biz, will be Pater Riegert, whom you may remember from the movie “Crossing Delancy” and the short-lived but critically acclaimed TV series “Middle Ages.” (Riegert and Midler were once an item, way back when. Read More

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

BetteBack April 11, 1992: Liz Smith – All Other Divas Sit Down…Bette Midler Signs On To Gypsy

Indiana Gazette
April 11, 1992


FLASH! Rights were closed last Friday for a CBS three-hour prime-time version of the great American musical comedyGypsy.”

And, are you sitting down? This will star none other than Bette Midler as Mama Rose! (I do hope Liza Minnelli and Tyne Daly and all the other divas who have yearned to revive this Ethel Merman role for the screen ARE sitting down.)

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

BetteBack September 25, 1993: Bette Midler Sings Two “Gypsy” Songs

Indiana Gazette
Liz Smith
September 25, 1993

Bette Midler has been killing them nightly with her rendition of “Rose’s Turn” from the monumental Broadway musical, “Gypsy.” She usually doesn’t sing that other classic, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” from the same great hit show. But the other night, Bette announced from Radio City Music Hall‘s stage that she would sing “Roses” for the man who wrote it.

She introduced Jule Styne and asked him to stand up. The audience treated Styne like a pop star and lines of fans gathered near his seat at intermission. (This fabulous, venerable man of music will soon have his version of “The Red Shoes” opening on Broadway.) Read More

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Monday, January 30, 2012

BetteBack – Monday, November 6,1989: Writers Of Gypsy Turn Down Streisand, Midler, And Madonna

Winnipeg Free Press
Authors of Gypsy rebuff bids to remake film with Streisand
Monday, November 6,1989

HOLLYWOOD — Hollywood came calling with some of its biggest names: Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Madonna. But Broadway said “no.”

“Not for all the money in the world will we let them make another film version of Gypsy,” said playwright Arthur Laurents.

The first time Hollywood filmed the Broadway mu s i c a l, it was “lousy,” said composer Jule Styne, referring to the 1962 Warner Bros, adaptation that starred Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood. Neither of the stars sang their roles in the Mervyn LeRoy-directed movie and critic Pauline Kael labeled the interpretation “extremely unpleasant.” Read More

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

BetteBack: “To Err Is Midler, To Tour Is Divine…”

Monday, Oct. 04, 1993
Bette, Better, Best

Four showgirls stride onto the Radio City Music Hall stage to play a fanfare. It is fitting that one of the strumpets with trumpets is chewing gum, for she and her sisters are introducing a supremely brassy babe. Crescendo! Curtain! Giant cotton-swab clouds! And there, radiant on a throne, sits the Arch Angel of Pop and Schlock. The message is clear: Bette Midler has lived up to her self-promotion. She is divine.

After 25 years as a singer, comedian, actress and a heavenly blend of all three, the lady has earned her halo. It may be mild hyperbole to call Midler the greatest entertainer in the universe — there are, after all, other galaxies yet to be explored — but who can doubt she’s the hardest-working woman in show biz? In New York City, where she stars until Oct. 23 in the longest stop of her first tour in a decade, Bette is poetry in perpetual motion, from her prompt entrance at 8:10 (royalty is always punctual) to her exhausted departure just before 11. She must cover about 10 miles a night in the mincing steps she takes across the Music Hall expanse. Playing the tacky chanteuse Delores DeLago in mermaid fin and motorized wheelchair, she races around like a Betty Andretti. She’ll go supine on the stage, as if it were her analyst’s couch, then busily buff the floor with her derriere. If there were windows in this grand Art Deco auditorium, she’d do them. Read More

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

BetteBack: A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose

Article from:Albany Times Union (Albany, NY) Article date:December 12, 1993
Byline: LYNN ELBER – Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Three decades ago, Broadway star Ethel Merman claimed the musical “Gypsy” as her own. Now another divine Miss M, Bette Midler, is trying it on for size.

Midler stars as Mama Rose, mother of legendary stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, in a three-hour CBS TV movie (8 p.m. Sunday) of the 1959 stage hit that later became a film vehicle for Rosalind Russell in 1962. Read More

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