Daddycatcher’s MUSICAL MONDAY: Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Bette Midler, Bernadette Peters, and Patti LuPone in GYPSY
Mama Rose from Gypsy is, indisputably, the scariest character in the American musical theatre. Yes, even scarier than Sweeney Todd! She is also the most fascinating! Often described as the musical theatre Hamlet, the role has been catnip for some of Broadway’s most illustrious leading ladies.
And it’s an extra loaded Musical Mondays post, because the list of Broadway divas who have tackled the role is unprecedented. The role was created by the legendary Ethel Merman in 1959; premiered on the West End in 1973 with Angela Lansbury (which was transferred to Broadway in 1974); was revived for a second time in 1989 starring Tyne Daly; the show returned again with Bernadette Peters in 2003: and most recently in 2008 with Patti LuPone.
Lansbury, Daly, and LuPone were each awarded the Tony Award for their performances.
Bette Midler‘s performance from the 1993 television adaptation is included here because that was Daddycatcher’s first encounter with Gypsy.