Monday, October 05, 2015

Rumor Mill: Lady Gaga, John Travolta to Star in Barbra Streisand's Remake of "Gypsy"

John Travolta has stated that he and Lady Gaga will be joining Barbra Streisand for a remake of the classic Broadway musical Gypsy.

Streisand has been wanting to remake the show for a number of years and, according to Travolta on Extra!, the project will soon move forward with Gaga in the role of Louise and John playing Mama Rose's eternally suffering boyfriend Herbie. As for the lead in the show, it has not been announced if Streisand will star or will just direct with another actress in the role.

Travolta told Extra "Barbra [has been] wanting to do Gypsy for years, and she’s been developing it, and I think she always visualized Gaga as Louise and maybe me as Herbie."

Gypsy is considered one of the great American musicals with a song list that includes Everything's Coming Up Roses, Together Wherever We Go, Let Me Entertain You and Small World all written by Stephen Sondheim and Jules Styne. The story is based on the biography of Gypsy Rose Lee who, along with her sister June (who became the actress June Havoc) were raised by the ultimate stage mother.

The original 1959 production starred Ethel Merman and Jack Klugman and the show has been resurrected many times over the years on Broadway starring Angela Lansbury (1974), Tyne Daly (1989), Bernadette Peters (2003) and Patti Lupone (2008).

The 1962 film version of the show starred Rosaline Russell as Rose, Karl Malden as Herbie, Natalie Wood as Louise, Morgan Britany as "Baby" June and Ann Jillian as "Dainty" June while a 1993 television production had Bette Midler as Rose, Peter Riegert as Herbie, Cynthia Gibb as Louise, Elisabeth Moss as Baby Louise, Lacey Chabert as Baby June and Rachel Sweet in the small role of Agnes.