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I've only seen the movie and I quite liked Rosalind Russell as Rose. Of course, I don't know if that was because I like her acting or because I found her craziness rather funny. ^^;;

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^Roz's craziness is hilarious!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I love it when she steals the cultlery! So funny! I think she mostly understood the character for the movie. She was really harsh, but, oh well. She was so good! Loved her! Love, -Nicole-

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I didn't like Rosalind Russel. She talked way too fast. Her singing (which was dubbed) was okay. My favorite was Lansbury, of course.

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russell didnt talk to fast you just werent paying attention.

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I was paying attention. I watched it many times (first for enjoyment, then because I was going to be Marjorie May, then again because I was going to be Dainty June). I felt that if she had talked a little slower on some of the parts it would have been easier to understand. I understand why she talked fast. It worked for the part. I just felt that it would have been better to talk slower for some of the parts.

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Patti LuPone is playing her at the Ravinia Festival.
She should make a great Mama Rose.


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As for the movie versions, I thought Rosalind Russell was hilarious in the role; she owned it. I didn't like Bette Midler half as much- I thought she was a bit too showy; too much about "Bette" and not enough about "Rose"!


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Jenem wrote:
As for the movie versions, I thought Rosalind Russell was hilarious in the role; she owned it. I didn't like Bette Midler half as much- I thought she was a bit too showy; too much about "Bette" and not enough about "Rose"!


exactly!!! I thought Bette would have been a good choice but she blew it early on by playing 'bewtte" and not "rose". plus she peaked at "Everythings coming up roses" she had nowhere left to go in act II.

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exactly!!! I thought Bette would have been a good choice but she blew it early on by playing 'bewtte" and not "rose". plus she peaked at "Everythings coming up roses" she had nowhere left to go in act II.


Yeah, it's funny; Before seeing Bette, I thought, "perfect role for her—She'll nail it", but was a little dissapointed after seeing it.


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Jenem wrote:
As for the movie versions, I thought Rosalind Russell was hilarious in the role; she owned it. I didn't like Bette Midler half as much - I thought she was a bit too showy; too much about "Bette" and not enough about "Rose"!

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I thought Bette would have been a good choice but she blew it early on by playing 'Bette" and not "Rose". Plus she peaked at "Everythings Coming Up Roses". She had nowhere left to go in Act II.

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Before seeing Bette, I thought, "perfect role for her—She'll nail it", but was a little dissapointed after seeing it.


And I disagree completely. I found Rosalind Russell to be completely annoying and superficial in a film adaptation that was, frankly, boring. The film doesn't engage me and it doesn't compel me.

It is true that Bette Midler's own persona and mannerisms came through very strongly and even I am willing to admit that perhaps the balance of these in relation to the character wasn't quite right and that her performance did peak too early. But overall, the performance worked for me. I think that there was a sense of authenticity present in Midler's performance. I believed her. And I believed in her.

The same goes for the supporting casts of the film and television versions respectively. Generally, I felt as if the actors in the film hadn't explored the characters in any kind of depth at all. It just feels like schtick and external 'going through the motions" stuff to me. I don't feel that way about the television version.

If only Angela Lansbury or Betty Buckley had been captured for the big screen or the box - those are two performers I'd love to see, particularly the former.

At any rate, Gypsy is the best of the made-for-tv musicals, in my opinion. Nowhere near the disappointment that, for example, South Pacific was, where the casting of the lead role definitely had an immensely adverse effect on the credibility of the piece.

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When did Betty Buckley play Rose? I haven't heard her do it, but I think she'd be TERRIBLE.


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