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Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?

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#125Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 3:03pm

He is! But it's actually THREE writers. Most insiders only know about the David Mamet vs. Harvey Fierstein battle for the new book. But few know that Christopher Durang secretly wrote a treatment of Gypsy before he passed away and had it delivered directly to Audra. Sentiment will tip it his way for sure. Can't wait until the 2025 Tonys!

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#126Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 3:15pm

There is zero chance the Arthur Laurents estate is going to allow his script of GYPSY - considered one of  - if not THE greatest book of an American musical to be re-written


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Updated On: 5/14/24 at 03:15 PM

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#127Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 3:37pm

Exactly, lol. What is usually considered  the greatest book of a musical is not going to be rewritten. 

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#128Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 3:49pm

MayAudraBlessYou2 said: "He is! But it's actually THREE writers. Most insiders only know about the David Mamet vs. Harvey Fierstein battle for the new book. But few know that Christopher Durang secretly wrote a treatment of Gypsy before he passed away and had it delivered directly to Audra. Sentiment will tip it his way for sure. Can't wait until the 2025 Tonys!"

Man, I would have loved for Durang to do a parody of Gypsy. 


"...everyone finally shut up, and the audience could enjoy the beginning of the Anatevka Pogram in peace."

Fordham2015
#129Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 3:54pm

Kad said: "MayAudraBlessYou2 said: "He is! But it's actually THREE writers. Most insiders only know about the David Mamet vs. Harvey Fierstein battle for the new book. But few know that Christopher Durang secretly wrote a treatment of Gypsy before he passed away and had it delivered directly to Audra. Sentiment will tip it his way for sure. Can't wait until the 2025 Tonys!"

Man, I would have loved for Durang to do a parody of Gypsy.
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Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Rose

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#130Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 4:18pm

With Kristine Nielsen as Dainty June and Sigourney Weaver as Herbie.

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#131Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 4:35pm

Audra wants a new book adaptation. The estate will allow it $$$

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#132Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 4:38pm

Broadway Flash said: "Audra wants a new book adaptation. The estatewill allow it $$$"

Yes = paid for by all the $$$ made by OHIO STATE MURDERS


“I knew who I was this morning, but I've changed a few times since then.”

Ke3
#133Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 4:46pm

If someone so much as hovered a pen over the script of Gypsy, none of us would have time to feel the warnings before the sun exploded.

SeanD2
#134Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 4:59pm

If this revival happens (and I have my sincere doubts), I actually can imagine some book tweaks being made. Specifically I could imagine them changing some of the vaudeville references to the Black Vaudeville Circuit. But I can't imagine any rewrites that would rise to the level of a newly credited book writer. 

JSquared2
#135Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 5:05pm

Laurents left VERY specific instructions in his will that not a single word in any of his works can be changed without the express written permission of his literary executor (David Saint).

 

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#136Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 5:06pm

I heard it was New Orleans flavor.  Audra’s been down this path before with Porgy and Bess. She knows when people see it, they will fall in love with it. 

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#137Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 5:07pm

Yes that was a rumor on here a long time ago

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#138Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 5:29pm

Yes because I was the one who said it. It’s happening. 

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#140Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 5:37pm

What the hell does Gypsy have to do with New Orleans?


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#141Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 5:39pm

Ke3 said: "If someone so much as hovered a pen over the script of Gypsy, none of us would have time to feel the warnings before the sun exploded."

This comment wins. I laughed out lout. And I agree that unlike Cabaret, the various "revisals" of which were made by the still living book writer Joe Masteroff, and were generally seen as improvements - the book to Gypsy has remained unchanged for decades, and like the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, should be left untouched and not retrofitted for modern sensibilities. That said, I don't think anyone would complain if Laurents' book for West Side Story got some light retouching.

There have been black Roses before. It's a musical. If Audra McDonald plays the role, the production doesn't have to be realistic treatment of time and place.

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#142Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 5:48pm

It makes perfect sense. Rose’s goal is to make June “Little Miss Swamp Queen” and will let nothing stop her while they travel the city with their alligator, Caroline.

KevinKlawitter
#143Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 5:56pm

That said, I don't think anyone would complain if Laurents' book forWest Side Storygot some light retouching.

I'm a little bit surprised there hasn't been an option available to license a stage version based on Tony Kushner's screenplay.

Updated On: 5/14/24 at 05:56 PM

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#144Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 7:43pm

KevinKlawitter said: "That said, I don't think anyone would complain if Laurents' book forWest Side Storygot some light retouching.

I'm a little bit surprised there hasn't been an option available to license a stage version based on Tony Kushner's screenplay.
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I have a feeling that it has found its way (unauthorized) into various school and community theatre productions…

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#145Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 9:23pm

QueenAlice said: "What the hell does Gypsy have to do with New Orleans?"

About as much as Pirates of Penzance has with New Orleans, I'd say. I have no idea if the latter will work, but I think talented people can find themes that resonate.

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#146Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 9:44pm

Broadway Flash said: "I heard it was New Orleans flavor. Audra’s been down this path before with Porgy and Bess. She knows when people see it, they will fall in love with it."

What do you mean a New Orleans flavor? Gypsy isn't even set in one place for more than 15 minutes at a time. You need to put down the crack pipe and seek help. 

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#147Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 9:51pm

They must be on tour with the "Zatarain's Dirty Rice Traveling Vaudeville Show."

Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?

OhHiii
#148Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/14/24 at 11:57pm

Worth noting that there’s a website at gypsybway.com that’s behind a password exactly like the Appropriate Belasco page was before it announced. Can’t say anything to the New Orleans of it all, but it’s coming and I would bet it’s announcing very soon.

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#149Audra McDonald-led GYPSY for 2024-2025 Season?
Posted: 5/16/24 at 10:40am

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Updated On: 5/16/24 at 10:40 AM


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