Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Streisand's "Gypsy" Resurrected with Barry Levinson Directing and (Maybe) Lady Gaga as Louise

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Barbra Streisand is finally set to take on musical Gypsy.

The Oscar winner has been working on the passion project, which is loosely based on burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee's memoirs, for years after receiving the blessing of playwright Arthur Laurents to adapt the musical prior to his death in 2011.

Production on the movie stalled last autumn when bosses at Universal Pictures dropped the project, but now executives at STX Entertainment have taken over, and they are in advanced negotiations with Streisand for her to take the lead role as classic stage mother Mama Rose, according to Variety.

Last year actor John Travolta revealed to U.S. news show Extra he had discussed the movie with Barbra and, at the time of their conversation, she was keen to cast Lady Gaga as other leading character Louise, modeled after Gypsy herself.

Sources report to Variety Streisand will also produce the film and Oscar winner Barry Levinson (Diner, The Natural, Sleepers) will direct from a screenplay written by The Fisher King's Richard LaGravenese. Streisand is also involved in developing the script.

"It's Barbra Streisand doing one more, if not the last, movie musical of her career," STX Chairman Adam Fogelson says in a statement, suggesting the cast will be star-studded with talent that is "clamoring to work with her on one of the most famous and satisfying musicals ever."

Gypsy, which features musical anthems like Everything’s Coming Up Roses and Rose's Turn by lyricist Stephen Sondheim, was first made for the big screen in 1962 when Rosalind Russell portrayed Mama Rose. Bette Midler played the character in a TV project in 1993.

According to Variety, production on the film could start later this year.