Frank Rizzo from Courrant.com Reports:
The much-talked about “Gypsy” musical film project that envisions Barbra Streisand as Mama Rose is not going to happen, according to playwright-director Arthur Laurents, one of the rights holders to the work.
Laurents, the original book writer for the 1959 Broadway musical, directed three acclaimed Broadway revivals of “Gypsy” starring Angela Lansbury in 1974, Tyne Daly in 1989 and Patti Lupone in 2008. Sam Mendes directed a Broadway revival in 2003 starring Bernadette Peters.
Rosalind Russell starred in the 1962 film, directed by Mervyn LeRoy. In 1993, Bette Midler did a TV musical of the show.
In January he told the New York Post: “Barbra and I have been getting along very well now for some time. We’ve talked about it a lot, and she knows what she’s doing. She has my approval.”
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