Happy news for both Barbra Streisand and her fans, as it seems Gypsy has been revived for the big screen, thanks to STX Entertainment.
As you might know if you’re interested in Barbra’s work, Gypsy had already been in the works for years under the care of Universal Entertainment, but it was dropped last year.
Now STX Entertainment are taking over production, with Oscar winner Barry Levinson (best known for Rain Man) directing. Streisand herself will serve as producer, alongside Joel Silver (Lethal Weapon). The writing is being handled by Richard LaGravenese, with Streisand also having a hand in developing the script.
Gypsy originated on the Broadway stage over 50 years ago, with Ethel Merman playing the role that Streisand will take over in this big screen adaptation. As any Streisand fan will know, this will hardly be the first time Streisand has starred in a movie musical.
Previously, she has starred in Funny Girl, Hello, Dolly!, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Funny Lady, A Star is Born and Yentl.
STX Chairman Adam Fogelson had this to say: “It’s Barbra Streisand doing one more, if not the last, movie musical of her career,” adding that he’s excited by “the type of talent that is clamoring to work with her on one of the most famous and satisfying musicals ever.”
For those of who haven’t seen the broadway show, which has seen various revivals over the years, the plot synopsis is as follows: “Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with ‘the ultimate show business mother.'”
“It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life. The character of Louise is based on Lee, and the character of June is based on Lee’s sister, the actress June Havoc.”
“The musical contains many songs that became popular standards, including ‘Everything’s Coming up Roses’, ‘Together (Wherever We Go)’, ‘Small World’, ‘Some People’, ‘Let Me Entertain You’, ‘All I Need Is the Girl’, and ‘Rose’s Turn’. It is frequently considered one of the crowning achievements of the mid-20th century’s conventional musical theatre art form, often called the ‘book musical’.”