Status Updates posted by Case
I am not sure what you call a traditional musical. I always thought of the Hollywood Musical to be an original and not a Broadway adaption, as Gypsy is. The introduction of Mama Rose sets up her character - bossy boots. She is a scheming stage mom who will do anything to get what SHE wants. You can also see that Luise is shy and not suited for the stage. Russell was a great actress but I wish Merman reprised her great stage performance in this film. She would have done her own singing. I feel cheated when the singing is dubbed. I saw Merman in Gypsy when she took the show on a national tour at the Schubert in Chicago. When she made her entrance, the show stopped for the audience applause. It was the first musical I had seen and that was in 1961-62. I was only 9-10 and my mother’s friends and family were shocked that she took me. Thank you Mom for giving me live theater at a young age. I still enjoy it.
The lyrics are always sanitized for the big screen. Compare the stage and film lyrics of “I’m Always True In My Fashion” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare from Kiss Me Kate. The stage lyrics are almost naughty and R-rated compares to the vanilla lyrics in the film.