Barbra Streisand Says 'Yes' to Still Planning on GYPSY Film
In a Q&A for the The New York Times, Barbra Streisand took the time to answer readers' questions about her current and future projects. When asked "Are you still planning to play Momma Rose in 'Gypsy'?" by a reader in Seattle, Streisand simply responded, "Yes."
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Streisand will be honored with the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Chaplin Award for lifetime achievement for her film work on Monday night, April 22. Streisand is being recognized for her participation in projects such as Yentl -- for which she was director, writer, producer and star -- Prince of Tides, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Funny Girl and more.
Streisand last directed 1996's The Mirror Has Two Faces and has been credited with paving the way for other female directors in the industry. Her directorial debut, 1983's Yentl, caused a stir in Hollywood but opened the door for the likes of Kathryn Bigelow, Penny Marshall, Amy Heckerling, Nora Ephron, Betty Thomas and Susan Seidelman.
Last week it was reported that Streisand will now direct a currently untitled film about Margaret Bourke-White and Erskine Caldwell, financed by Russian backed Aldemisa Films.
Streisand is about to embark on a sold out tour with dates in Europe and Israel this June. She is also involved with an upcoming big screen reboot of the musical "Gypsy". On April 22nd, she will receive the prestigious Chaplin Award from the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Streisand has appeared on Broadway in I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE and FUNNY GIRL. She has also received a special Tony Award. Her film work includes FUNNY GIRL, FUNNY LADY, YENTL, and NUTS. A lauded performer, she has won numerous awards including the Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy awards.
Barbra's 63rd album, "Love Is The Answer," was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) just months after debuting at #1 on the Billboard Charts. Additionally, Barbra is the recipient of 30 platinum albums and 13 multi-platinum albums. Her newest album, "What Matters Most," was released on Aug. 22, 2011.
GYPSY was last seen in a production that was first presented by Encores! from July 9 to 29, 2007 with Patti LuPone playing Rose, and direction by Arthur Laurents. Principal casting included Laura Benanti in the title role of "Gypsy/Louise", with Boyd Gaines as "Herbie", and Leigh Ann Larkin as "Dainty June."
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