It’s a sad, sad day on Broadway and the in the theatre community.
The Tony Award winning director and writer, the legend Arthur Laurents has passed away at 93 years young at heart. He died while sleeping.
He is the author of such great works as Gypsy and West Side Story. In light of his revival of WSS still selling great houses, he is featured in a magazine interview. Just over a year ago, Out Magazine had an interview with this amazing man and you can read it HERE. He is brutally honest, and actually quite funny in that honesty.
I was so happy when his latest production of “Gypsy” took home so many Tony’s especially when it came to the actors.
I was stunned to know that he was as old as he was. He was incredibly active and was still producing some fantastic work.
Dear Mr. Laurents,
In a world that is plagued by hatred and greed and corporations and bad politics, you were able to be yourself for nearly the 100 years you’ve walked the Earth. You were incredibly blessed that you found love, true love in a time when it was forbidden. I only hope that I will be able to stay in love for 52 years like you and Mr. Hatcher. I am so relieved that somewhere in the world two men were able to hold their home together for so long while the world went on.
A few weeks back I wrote about Barbra wanting to remake “Gypsy.” I grabbed at my hair and tried to tug it all out while asking myself WHY?? It’s been done already!! We don’t need another. Let it be, Babs. Let it be.
But hold the phone kids this one is just as bad. Will Smith would like to head a remake of “Annie” starring his daughter, Willow Smith, as the lead role. Worse than that, Sony pictures seems to be on board as a backer for the movie. Even worse, Jay-Z is in talks to join the project to collaborate on the music! Does this mean that the regular Broadway music will be replaced? Will it be a rapping Annie? No one is saying a word.
Whew, that was like a game of “What’s grosser than gross?” Remember those? But back to our story.
I don’t have anything against any of them, but I am wondering if it wouldn’t be better for them to create a new vehicle rather than a rehash of an old dated musical. There aren’t any great original musicals on Broadway or film regarding African American children and they could be a dream team to pull this off.
The sad trend in Hollywood seems to be to remake as many things as possible as quickly as possible. And should a remake not get the green light, then a sequel is the next best option. I mean do we really need another Beverly Hills Chihuahua? I think not. However, with big studios being the greedy entities they are, if there’s a big name attached to something, ANYTHING, then they are willing to put crap on the screen. What gets me is that people GO and WATCH it!
I say leave the movie alone and do something original and powerful. For the love of whatever god you believe in, Smith!
Then again, how many samples did Will Smith use in his music? I guess he needs to sample scripts too.
Big news coming from the mouth of Barbra Streisand that she would love to play the role of Mama Rose in a feature film.
She has been in talks with several people and there are backers like Warner Bros. and Joel Silver for the idea so I think it may actually happen.
While I do love me some Babs, I have to wonder: What the hell are you thinking, gurl? Yes, you have performed some amazing roles, but does the world really need another remake of Gypsy? It’s just been on Broadway for the umpteenth time in recent years, and it already has two versions, one starring Roslyn Russell and the other while it was a TV movie was still a well produced piece starring the Divine Miss M, Bette Midler. There have been many incredible women who have played this iconic role, what would you bring to it that hasn’t already been done?
I love you to death Babs, but please don’t do it. Although I would still go and watch it. There are rumors that Tom Hanks may be asked to play Herbie, which has Barbra even more stoked for this project. So I will ask for not another remake, but won’t deny that I won’t have my behind in a darkened theatre on opening day!
Just for kicks, check out the current diva who played Mama Rose.
No wonder she won the Tony!! Work it, Patti.
Speaking of just for kicks. Every diva has her moments, but I totally agree!!
Special thanks to Samantha Stidham, Lisa Milanes, Kyle Dunnigan, Podsafe Music Network, and Danny Ippolito for their contributions to Episode 5. Check out the shownotes for this episode by clicking HERE.
There is a line somewhat similar to this in the musical “Gypsy.” It sort of becomes a type of catch phrase, I think because all three major female characters say it a few times each throughout the course of the show. “Hello, my name is June. What’s yours?” It’s a weird coincidence that the title of this post was already prefilled by WordPress.com because it’s my debut post.
One of the other things that is sung by Mama Rose is “I had a dream, a wonderful dream…” I don’t want to go too much further into that because then you’d start asking who is the person that she is speaking to, and all sorts of other things. It’s too much for an intro post. I mention the dream, because I have been a long time advocate of theatre. Especially local theatre. I know that the theatre scene in the South Bay Area has been less than stellar, and I am hoping to finally be able to do something to help the Arts. Not just the Theatre, but ALL of the Arts. I am hoping that people will realize that the Arts are important, and not something that should only be enjoyed by the people who are able to afford it. Although to be fair, my main focus is Theatre.
So join me, as I try to bring you what’s going on in our communities, and support the Dreamers, the Creative types, and as many other people as I can. In addition, I will recount my exploits while working on the shows that I am involved in.
I am hoping to have a true launch date in the near future. I will most definitely keep you posted. Be sure to bookmark this site!!!
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“…there is nothing else. Just us, the cameras, and all you wonderful people out there in the dark.” – Norma Desmond ~ Sunset Boulevard