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Bernadette or Ethel? 
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Post Bernadette or Ethel?
Which was better...

Ethel Merman as the original Rose, or Bernadette Peters in the Revival?


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I never got to see Ethel, but I would definitely say Bernadette was better. I did see Bernadette three times and she was perfect in the role. Plus I'm not a fan of Ethel's voice.

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Neither. Patti at the City Center.

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What about Lansbury?

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Bernadette for me.
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I don't think they asked about Patti or Angela.
The questions was which was better of the two.

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I didn't know Angela Lansbury did gypsy. Quite honestly I just can't see that. haha. Her voice isn't exactly a power-house.


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I know she is a legend yada yada yada, but I honestly cannot stand Ethel Mermans' voice.

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futureMUNGOJERRIE wrote:
The questions was which was better of the two.
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It just seemed like a strange question to ask.

dramadeyswine wrote:
I didn't know Angela Lansbury did gypsy. Quite honestly I just can't see that. haha. Her voice isn't exactly a power-house.


I think a lot of people who's opinion I respect regard her as the definitive Rose.

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dramadeyswine wrote:
I didn't know Angela Lansbury did gypsy. Quite honestly I just can't see that. haha. Her voice isn't exactly a power-house.


Are you kidding?? Lansbury is considered the definitive Mama Rose. a Tony and a London theatre award for the role. SOndheim and Laurents and most of the theatre commuty consider her to be the perfect Rose.

her voice certainly is a powerhouse..and even if it wasnt the role requires aot of emotional changes and upheaval. You need to get the original london cast recording. you wont listen to another Gyps half as often again! She is sheer genius.


Peters was the worst Mama Rose I ever saw..vocally not right for it and miscast completely.

Tyne Daly was an amazing Rose (and also won a Tony for her work).

Memran was the original but Lansbury really brought the role to the legendary status it is.

Merm waqs Better than peters..but then again everyone was better than Peters in thisp articular role.

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Dear Salome,

Bernadette was effing fantastic. You try playing it.

Love, Matthew.

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Post Re: Bernadette or Ethel?
dramadeyswine wrote:
Which was better...

Ethel Merman as the original Rose, or Bernadette Peters in the Revival?

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Lol, I saw this on the main page and wondered if you had started this topic!

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