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  • Tom O’Neil
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    Early in the show, Momma Rose is raising youngsters. How does 70-year-old Streisand play THAT? Furthermore, Babs’ pipes aren’t crystal clear no more. Are there enuf old recordings on the shelf of her belting out Rose’s Turn to dub into the celluloid?

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    Benedick
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    Will she end up directing this as well? Will anybody else want the job? 

    Anybody…anybody…Bueller… 

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    I like Mervyn LeRoy’s film adaptation of GYPSY, even though both Rosalind Russell (as Rose) and Natalie Wood (as Louise) were dubbed, and have watched it at least two dozen times. However, I doubt Barbra Streisand would risk her reputation as one of the premier vocalists of the 20th century (selling over 140 million records and winning the Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony) if she were truly unable to sing the part of Rose in a remake. As for her advanced years, Ms Streisand still looks good (for her age), and today’s makeup artists can make her look 30 years younger for the early scenes. Ms Streisand is one of cinema’s greatest musical comediennes and I would welcome her take on this musical.

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    Scottferguson
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    #57111

    Wasn’t Meryl Streep available?

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    dannyboy.
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    #57112

    She should direct Lupone.

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    Scottferguson
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    Lupone couldn’t get the film financed.

    Streisand shouldn’t direct anyone. It’s not where her talents lie. 

    I think she’d be better doing this on stage than on film at her age (though likely her voice couldn’t handle it). Since musical tracks are dubbed in movies, I imagine they could handle any diminishing of her vocal talents on film. But at her age, she might be just as out of place as Lucille Ball was in the disastrous film version of Mame.   

         

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    Jimbo30a
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    #57114

    You mean Patti “legend in her own mind’ Lupone?

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    trans_lux73
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    She’ll be swell, she’ll be great.  Babs looks 40 and is in great voice!

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    PaulHJR
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    Way too old for the role, and this reeks vanity project as much as Yentl was. 

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    dannyboy.
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    #57117

    Oddly this is one role Streep probably wasn’t even thought of for, that I think she could succeed in..? Take that for anyone who doesn’t think I’m a fan! Glenn Close could sing it, as well.

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    Scottferguson
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    #57118

    This would make much more sense for Madonna (at least in terms of age/image).
    Maybe Reba McIntyre. 

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    dannyboy.
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    #57119

    Reba is an inspired choice.. I suppose you are right about Patti Lupone not being able to get it financed. She never really took off in her film work, though she is pretty funny on 30 Rock. This role fits her like a glove as was very evident to those of us lucky enough to see her on Broadway.

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    Scottferguson
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    #57120

    Ages of their playing the role –

    Ethel Merman (51)
    Rosalind Russell (51)
    Bette Midler (48)      

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    trans_lux73
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    Before his death, Arthur Laurents gave his blessing to this project, starring Babs.  Don’t know the legalites.

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    dannyboy.
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    #57122

    Does Barbra have a recent album out? I haven’t heard her voice since that shmaltzy duet she did with Celine many years back (which her vocals were strong in).

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