A year ago, Barbra Streisand wanted to play in the film version of the musical "Gypsy," but its author, Arthur Lorents did not want to see actress in his own creation. After the death of Lorents much has changed, and now Universal launches movie with Streisand, who will produce Joel Silver. Already hired a screenwriter for the project.
Among the works of Arthur Lorents are the musical "West Side Story" and the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's "Rope". His musical I Can Get It for You Wholesale debuted on Broadway 19-year-old Barbra Streisand, immediately becoming a star.
The premiere of "Gypsy" was held on Broadway in 1959. Many critics still consider it one of the best American musicals. Moreover, the theater critic The New York Times, Frank Rich saw "Gypsy," the American response to British musical "King Lear."
At the heart of the musical are the memoirs of burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee, but the plot is given a lot of time relations of the heroine with his mother Rose, whose name has become the archetype of the mother in show business. Have the power and intolerant Rose have two daughters, Louise and June, which the mother pushes the scene. Together they travel through the States of the 1920s, and eventually the shy Louise becomes a star of burlesque, and no longer requires excessive care of the mother.
After the premiere of the musical in Broadway history of the mother and daughter turned into a feature film "Gypsy", which played an assertive mother, Rosalind Russell and Louise - who died tragically in 1981, Natalie Wood. For her performance as Rose in the 1993 television movie based on the musical "Gypsy," Bette Midler was awarded the "Golden Globe".
The modern version of "Gypsy," writes winner of "Oscar" for the script of the drama "Gosford Park" by Julian Fellowes. He is the author of the popular British series "Downton Abbey," as he reworked the play Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" for the same movie Carlo Karleya.
Barbra Streisand has long dreamed of playing Rose on the big screen, so that her dream is gradually coming true. For producer Joel Silver's work on "Gypsy" the musical will be the first of his career. Recall that on producer account are such actions as "Lethal Weapon," "The Matrix" and "Sherlock Holmes."
Streisand returned to films after a long break due to the comedy "Meet Fockers." This year, the actress will be seen as the mother of the hero Seth Rogen in the comedy "My mother curse."