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Tag Archives: Jule Styne
Monday, November 5, 2018
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
Friday, September 30, 2016
Bette Midler On The Ethel Merman Legacy Of Gypsy: â€ I felt the ghost of Ethel was definitely hovering over me. And I didnâ€™t want to listen to it because I didnâ€™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. . . .â€ (1993)
BetteBack January 21, 1990: Bette Midler And Cher To Star In ‘Angry Housewives’ (This Would’ve Been A Hit!)
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
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.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
April 11, 1992
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.)
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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.)
Monday, January 30, 2012
Winnipeg Free Press
Authors of Gypsy rebuff bids to remake film with Streisand
Monday, November 6,1989
“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.”
Sunday, November 28, 2010
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.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
‘GYPSY’ A DIVINE DREAM FOR BETTE MIDLER.(TELEVISION)
Article from:Albany Times Union (Albany, NY) Article date:December 12, 1993
Byline: LYNN ELBER – Associated Press
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.