Barbra Streisand’s ‘Gypsy’ Remake Not Happening

The 93-year-old Arthur Laurents wants the story of Mama Rose to stay ephemeral.

Gypsy remake is not happening
Gypsy remake is not happening
Arthur Laurents has announced that he will no longer turn the Broadway musical Gypsy into film. Barbra Streisand was eyeing the role of Mama Rose, as was announced back in January.

Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents are co-writers of the original 1959 musical.

Recently, Stephen Sondheim asked Arthur Laurents why he wanted the film project:

"He said, 'What is the point of it?' And I said, 'They have this terrible version with Rosalind Russell wearing those black and white shoes.' And then Stephen Sondheim told me something that he got from the British -- and it's wonderful. He said, 'You want a record because the theater is ephemeral. But that's wrong. The theater's greatest essence is that it is ephemeral. You don't need a record. The fact that it's ephemeral means you can have different productions, different Roses on into infinity.'

"So I don't want it now. I don't want a definitive record. I want it to stay alive.

"I think [Barbra Streisand] is disappointed. She wanted very much to do it. That would have been a good exit for her career. Tom Hooper [The King's Speech] wanted to direct it. I think he's wonderful."

Sources: Hartford Courant

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  1. Edward Douglas

    "Get alone" should say "Get along"

    4 years agoby @edward-douglasFlag

  2. Edward Douglas

    @ejk1 In between, I've contacted them offsite about their plagiarism and constant stealing of content from including a picture that I personally took and posted on CS that appeared on Movieweb hours later. Tried working it out offline--apparently they found it on another site who didn't realize it's proper to credit when you take pictures from other sites--and then Brian Gallagher posted a recent picture taking a shot at me. (The Smurfs one from EW)

    Every single other site on the internet works together to get alone in this overcrowded market and we're all mostly friends. I can't think of anyone in our business who likes the guys at Movieweb (except the studios who appreciate their pull quotes for bad movies) because they're all *ssholes like Paul Christensen who won't even use his REAL name on the site. (That's about how much you can trust him.)

    It's only a matter of time before someone like The Wrap finds out about the amount of uncredited theft Movieweb perpetrates and calls them on it. Plagiarism is a serious offense in the world of journalism and it's not a laughing matter, especially when you're the one being plagiarized as I have been dozens of times in the last year.

    4 years agoby @edward-douglasFlag

  3. Dan

    It'll be great though if he did indeed come back 4 months later, saw the mentions thing, and came back to this argument. We've had other fools do that *cough* Josh. T. *cough*

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  4. Diaigma

    I used to frequent, but the layout here is much cleaner. I certainly hope there's no stealing going down. You know how I feel about plagiarists :P

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  5. ejk1

    @edward-douglas I like how you took the time out to make an avatar before you started bitching. Btw, this is the second time in 4 months you said this. So what happened in between? How come you never came back until now? It seems like you need to remove the stick that's stuck up your ass. I guess we'll see you in 4 months, dude :)

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  6. Dan

    This is funny reading our admins vs the admin of some other site. So far, Movieweb Crew 1, Coming Soon Guy, 0.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  7. Brian

    Thanks for stopping by @edward-douglas. You're always good for a laugh.

    4 years agoby @brianFlag

  8. Courtney O.

    @edward-douglas How did you know we have it? Do you mean to say you look at our site? Oh the Blasphemy....

    4 years agoby @chickflickFlag

  9. Courtney O.

    Do you have any job openings? @edward-douglas

    4 years agoby @chickflickFlag

  10. Dan

    @brian Lol!

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  11. Timmy


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  12. Brian

    @edward-douglas What the hell is ComingSoon? And who let the sheriff of internet town into MovieWeb?

    4 years agoby @brianFlag

  13. ejk1

    @thedude-abides It's too late, bro. She already has the Diamond of Pantheos in her possession. We're all doomed :P

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  14. thedude-abides

    @ejk1: Quick! Someone call Sydney Portier and Robert Smith from the Cure, lol.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  15. K.Guy


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  16. Edward Douglas

    Stop stealing stories from without crediting us.

    4 years agoby @edward-douglasFlag

  17. Mr. Fixit

    No, Sir - I AM disappointed - NOT!

    4 years agoby @mrfixitFlag

  18. ejk1

    This will happen. Mecha-Streisand will make it so.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

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