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Adam Shankman to Direct HBO Film Chronicling Life of GYPSY's 'Mama Rose'

Adam Shankman to Direct HBO Film Chronicling Life of GYPSY's 'Mama Rose'

Mama Rose is headed to the screen once more.

According to Deadline, HAIRSPRAY's Adam Shankman has been tapped by HBO to direct and executive produce an upcoming biopic on the "ultimate stage mother" and subject of Broadway's GYPSY, Rose Hovick.

The project, titled MADAME ROSE, "is based on the life story of Hovick, the indomitable mother of burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee and actress June Havoc, who would do anything to advance her daughters' career in showbusiness."

The report also notes that MADAME ROSE, like many of the stage and screen incarnations featuring Hovick before it, will draw "top talent."

GYPSY was last seen on Broadway 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. In previous productions, Rose has been played by such leading ladies as Bernadette Peters, Ethel Merman, Tyne Daly, Bette Middler, and Angela Lansbury.


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