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Mother’s Day Showtune for 2014 – Click Here to Find Out

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Each year I struggle with what to do for Mother’s Day showtunes.  One year I had mommy bloggers share their favorite Disney valentine’s showtunes and another I chose a song I love to sing for my mom or that makes me think of her.  I could always choose an anti-mother’s day showtune and take something from Annie or another show with orphan kids, but this year I thought of another.

This year’s showtunes for Mother’s Day is all about us kids with divorced parents and mom’s that are still single.  I love my mom and love spending as much time together as possible, but at the same time I hate knowing she is home alone and not in love.  Sometimes single mom’s can get depressed and even though they don’t need someone to marry, it doesn’t help that you get worried about them.  Other single mom’s use their divorce as an excuse to drive you crazy, get over involved in their kids lives and that is how I decided to choose this from hundreds of options of Mother’s Day showtunes.  BTW, if a Guy can sing Let It Go, then guys can completely take on this showtune for Mother’s Day.

Here is our pick for this year’s mother’s day showtunes, If Mama Was Married from Gypsy!

Ok, when I was in college I went to college in the same city my Mom lives in.  Unfortunately that meant she decided to stop by everyday making this song a bit to real for me.  I love my mom more than anything else, but at the same time I liked spending time alone, with my boyfriend who moved in with me and with my friends.  Unfortunately my mom co-signed on the apartment I was renting (I was a college student) so she also liked to randomly stop by completely unannounced.  That is why this is my pick for showtunes for Mother’s Day 2014.  It’s for the kids of Moms who get divorced and decide that it’s time to get really and overly involved in their kids lives.  Have an awesome Mother’s Day, don’t forget to call her or send a gift and feel free to share your own favorite showtunes for Mother’s Day by leaving a comment.

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You’ll Never Get Away From Me – Gypsy – By Wendy DelMonte

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This week I asked a bunch of Mommy Bloggers to guest post for me and share a showtune that means something to them for valentine’s day. Each one surprised me with their posts and I was excited reading about what they chose. Some wrote about their kids, others about their husbands and some just wrote about why they love the song. The first post is from one of my favorite mommy bloggers, Wendy Delmonte from Weight’s Over. Wendy’s blog is about weight loss and has a million great ideas for exercise, recipes and healthy living.

wendy delmonte in gypsy

wendy delmonte in gypsy

I love Theater and  I love theatrical music.  Living in Westchester County, New York, while in high school it was a 25 minute train ride to New York City and Broadway Matinees.   But my very favorite theater  song of all time isn’t from a show I saw- it was from a show I was in.

I was a theater geek.  We had a very active theater program at our school of which I was a part.   Like most drama clubs, we were a tight group who hung out together all the time. We were all friends.   We performed a lot of plays- Our Town, Grease; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Voices From the High School, Camelot, Prisoner of Second Avenue, Bye, Bye Birdie, and my favorite, Gypsy.   Yes, it helps that I had the lead , Rose, but  in hindsight, it’s even more  special because my husband , Dave, played Herbie, my love.

In fact, all throughout High School, he played my other half.  Pretty much in every show we were in together, we were partnered up.  We never dated, though. We were friends , but never more.

We had this duet in Gypy:

You’ll never get away from me.
You can climb the tallest tree.
I’ll be there somehow.

True, you could say, “Hey, here’s your hat.”
But a little thing like that
couldn’t stop me now.

I couldn’t get away from you,
even if you told me to,
so go on and try.
Just try and you’re gonna see
how you’re gonna not at all
get away from me.

We sang that in High School.  In fact, we had a stage kiss after this duet and I refused to kiss him.  We were just friends. We hugged instead. Little did I know HE wanted that stage kiss. He meant that song.  As soon as he got home from college, he looked me up.  We did a lot together as friends- lots of karaoke and Community Theater.  He sang to me, we sang together. We fell in love.  I hadn’t gotten away from him, after all.  I am so glad!

When we got married, our priest made fun of the fact that I refused to kiss him on stage. We sang this song, together, at our reception.

wendy delmonte

wendy delmonte

Because Wendy lives in Connecticut, here is another fabulous lady who lives in Connecticut performing You’ll Never Get Away From Me.

Wendy writes about losing weight  and healthy living all while raising a family at www.weightsover.com  You can follow her on Twitter at @weightsover and her Facebook page

 

Gotta Get a Gimmick from Gypsy – Better Than Business Books

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I was listening to Gypsy the other day and couldn’t help to laugh about the song Gotta Get a Gimmick. People spend a ton of money on books on how you have to stand out, be different, etc… in order to succeed. It’s the same recycled crap that you can learn in any class, from any book and to be honest is just common sense. Authors’ and Gurus have made millions by selling this crap by making colored animals or saying you need incredible, amazing and unique content, but the reality is you could have more easily saved time and had more fun watching a broadway show to learn the same exact thing.

The song You Gotta Get a Gimmick from Gypsy is the part of the show when Rose is about to become Gypsy Rose Lee. Rose is in her dressing room getting ready to go on stage and perform when she meets her other performers. Rose is a bit more conservative and doesn’t feel comfortable stripping and she also didn’t have an actual plan except for not taking it all off. That’s when the other girls let her know how they have made names for themselves and get the guys to keep coming back and requesting they perform. It turns out that what makes Rose different is that she is able to make her performance unique by teasing the guys and never giving it all away.

The one dancer uses lights. The other uses ballet and a costume and the other uses a trumpet to get attention. Rose decides that those gimmicks aren’t really her and by using her own body and not giving it all away, she can not only tease the men into wanting her back more, but she can also become a headliner. By finding out what her difference is she ends up getting to tour the country at different theatres and Rose becomes one of America’s most memorable icons.

Instead of buying that next business book on being different or on how to stand out. Instead of reading a book on how to be different and make money or by buying the book that says you have to be incredible, just watch Gypsy on broadway. Not only will you learn everything the book has to offer in the song You Gotta Get a Gimmick from Gypsy, but you’ll also have a much better time.

Barbara Streisand Not To Star In Gypsy Remake

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So today I found out something that not only got me to scream, but I was super excited for a new remake of Gypsy.  Apparently Stephen Sondheim was going to do a remake of the hit show Gypsy starring the fabulous Ms. Barbara Streisand.  Unfortunately today Stephen Sondheim and everyone announced that they will not be doing this remake and even though it would have been a perfect exit show for Barbara’s career, they won’t make it.  I cannot say how upset I am about this.  1.  Barbara should not be looking for an exit show and 2.  She would have been perfect for the role.

Mama Rose is a character that is demanding and needs to own a stage.  The only women who have ever been able to pull her off and do it well include Ethel Merman, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters (She did an ok job but wasn’t the pushy mom type enough), Angela Lansbury and my personal favorite Mama Rose, Bette Midler from the original made for TV movie version, well not the original but the best movie version.  I think that Barbara Streisand would not only have been the perfect Mama Rose because she not only has an amazing presence, but she can belt a tune and also has amazing voice control.

Barbara knows how to take over a role, can throw her voice and definitely take the role to a new level by making us all remember our own moms.  Barbara knows what it was like breaking into theatre and I think that she can tie in her own life and memories to be able to bring out the most believable stage mom with the most drive and pull off this role easily.  The dancing is perfect for her and the singing about Chinese food is something we Jews do every Christmas anyways so the role is absolutely perfect for her.  When I heard that they not only canceled the remake of the movie, but Barbara Streisand was supposed to star in Gypsy, I think that all of theatre died a little bit today.  Unfortunately they canceled the remake of Gypsy starring Barbara Streisand but that also means that Barbara will have to find a new movie or show to leave the theatre with.  Hopefully that won’t come for another couple of decades.

Anyways, here’s Bette in Gypsy.

Gypsy On Broadway Reviewed

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So I found out today that the Library of Congress finally came to their senses and added one of the greatest classic Diva shows to their records.  The Library of Congress added in the original cast recording of Broadway’s Gypsy Rose Lee.   Gypsy is one of the most classic and well known shows and almost every major Broadway Diva has graced this show.

Bette Midler took it to the movies, Patty Lupone brought it to a revival, Ethel Merman gave a whole new meaning to how to work a song and even Bernadette Peters who to me could never do any song wrong worked it.  Almost every major star has worked this show or a song from this Steven Sondheim show including a new Diva, Kurt, from the hit TV show Glee who modified it for his Character.  Anyways, Gypsy is the classic show that is cheesy, funny and one that you will leave the theatre loving.  It satisfies about everyone’s broadway needs but without any of the big budget special effects you find in shows like Wicked or Hairspray.

Gypsy is the story of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous stripper or burlesque dancer from the 20’s or 30’s.  You’ll have to check for sure if you want the actual dates when she was alive and performing.  The twist on it is that instead of the story being told about her and from her point of view, it is told from the side of how her Mom whose actual name was Rose brought her to fame and how she became Gypsy Rose Lee.

Rose is your typical Stage Mom.  She pushes her daughters to perform, to sing to dance, she even has a quote in there “Smile Baby”, she is your typical stage and pageant mom.   She gets her daughters June and Louise on the stage and in the spotlight whenever she can and whether they like it or not.  June is the opposite of her older sister Lousie.

June is very outgoing and extremely perky.  When you combine that with an adorable girl who has some talent you eventually find a producer or agent that will take her.   Eventually June does find this Producer and abandons Louise and Rose to go off on her own and pretty much writes herself out of the show.  Once she is gone and Rose cannot find another talent to replace her, she turns to her other daughter Louise.

Louise is a shy and timid girl who doesn’t want attention and doesn’t really think she is that talented.  She plays odd characters like a cow named Caroline in Roses’s shows which feature June.  Louise also carries her thoughts and dreams inside, kind of like how she has a crush on one of the chorus boys who is also one of the lead male dancers in their group.  When Louise finally gets the courage to tell him (through song of course) she also ends up discovering that she naturally knows how to tap dance (yup, a broadway show where you all of the sudden discover you can naturally tap dance, very believable).  When she finally gets some private and alone time with her crush, he ends up telling her he is about to leave her and Rose just like June did.  Even though she had the option to leave with him, Louise decides to stick with her mom.   This same cycle continues to go on and on and on.  As Louise and Rose go through these same cycles over and over about getting somewhat famous, then falling then fame, then climbing, then falling, eventually they both get to the point where they can no longer perform since they are to old for a kids routine and no one wants to see it.

June is gone, the talent is gone and they are at a burlesque theatre in a strange city which unfortunately for them is not a regular crowd who wants to see a show where they can do their act with their “pet cow”.   As a last minute resort to keep on top and make enough money to live, Rose convinces Louise that the show must go on and the last word she gives her daughter before she shoves her on to the stage to become a stripper is to at least be a lady, and Louise does.

Not only does Louise not bare it all but she also learns how to be confident, understand she is pretty, knows that she is intelligent and gets that if she teases, the audience will pay more for her next time because they will get more.  This same theatre where her mom shoved her on stage and told her to be a lady is also the one that gave her her name,  Gypsy Rose Lee.  Gypsy because they were nomads and wanderers, her mom was name Rose and Lee,,,well I’m not sure about how she got Lee unless Lee is short for Louise.   From their her career took off and Louise became Gypsy Rose Lee and Gypsy Rose Lee took over the world of burlesque.  But that still didn’t satisfy Rose.

Rose was a stage Mom.  She wanted her daughters to have fame and a fabulous life.  She did everything to keep her daughters on stage and performing.  She spent all her savings, gave her food away, usually Chinese food and there is even a song about giving Chinese food to an investor, and eventually she realizes that she gave everything but her spirit away to everyone and “For What?” “Why did I do it.  What did it get me”?  It leads into one of the most memorable songs in Broadway history and one of the highlights of the show.  It is the scene where Rose finally says what she wants and when she realizes it is to late for her she discovers all she really wanted was love.  Even though she chased everyone away because of her drive for fame, there is one person left for her and that person is waiting for her when she finishes her song.  Many people mistake attention and wanting fame for love and just wanting to be loved.  If they don’t know what love feels like then they think attention and fame are the same thing.  Rose eventually figures it out just before it is too late and luckily the man she loves is still there for her.

Gypsy is the story of the Stage Mom and her life.  You can follow her from her daughters being kids to grown women and during the show you’ll hear some of the most loved songs in musical theatre.  Everything’s Coming Up Roses, Have an Eggroll Mr. Goldstone, Let Me Entertain You and many more.  Gypsy is a great classic show if you want loud notes and fun loud songs that really require a ton of talent.  It is always a classic show for me but if you’re not into theatre it probably isn’t for you.  If you do love theatre then this is a must see show.   Gypsy gets 3 and a half stars out of 5 from me.  I do highly recommend it if you want to see a classic show with a great score.