Broadway month continues to roll on here at the show and I am still at the time of this writing waiting for Houston to dry up after the weekend that Harvey struck. Hopefully I can go back to work in another day or so. This was $1. I got it mainly because I love Rosalind Russell.
Which is strange as the vocals on this record are not 100% hers. Rather, they are blended with contro-alto Lisa Kirk. Russell, who was not stranger to singing having performed on Broadway in Wonderful Town, found that the vocals were beyond her scope (or more likely this was found for her). Oddly enough, Russell and her husband had flirted with a straight drama adaptation of the source material. the 1957 autobiography of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee but were unable to get the rights. The actress who played Gypsy Rose Lee, Natalie Wood, sung her own songs, which is surprising as she did not do so on West Side Story.
But here is this 1962 movie, based on the 1959 production of which some critics have called the perfect musical. With a script written by Leonard Spigelgass based on the original book by Arthur Laurents with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music by Jules Styne, the film was a critical and financial success, earning three Oscar nominations. The film also stared Karl Malden and was produced and directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
For a sample, I went with “Some People”.
Satisfactory. Again, I would expect to hear more about the Broadway production when that album comes up. For the record, I liked Russell’s version of “Rose’s Turn” better then Merman’s but felt perhaps that song should go to the originator.