Caroline O'Connor to star in UK revival of GYPSY

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Caroline O'Connor, famous for....well nothing really... is to headline a new UK (Leicester) production of 'Gypsy'

I'd love hear what Mr. Laurents (RIP) would have had to say about this. Lol

Updated On: 5/17/11 at 08:03 AM
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Except that it's not in the West End, is it?

Good try though.
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Not London! (although hopefully it will transfer)
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Caroline O'Connor is quite well-known and well-liked in England, and she's a brilliant performer. Most importantly, Sondheim loves her--he called her recent performance as Mrs. Lovett the best interpretation of the role he's ever seen. I'd kill to see her as Mama Rose.
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Chicago, Mack & Mable, West Side Story, among others. The film Moulin Rouge and several recordings. She is not some random person.
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You know that there's a West End board to discuss people and shows that aren't of interest to most Yanks, right?
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Yes I'm aware of the West End board; I just thought since there was speculation in 2008/2009 that LuPone may take Gypsy in London and the whole death of Laurents that it might be of interest to some people (pun not intended lol)
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Caroline will make a great Rose in GYPSY. I saw her do BOMBSHELLS in Milwaukee this past winter, and she was brilliant. She's got the talent and the energy to tackle the part. Thanks for all the comments -- I will be watching for more after her first performance.
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that LuPone may take Gypsy in London

Huh? Come again?!!
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During BOMBSHELLS at the Milwaukee Rep, Caroline sang the theme song from "Laverne & Shirley" in the style of "Rose's Turn." She even added a few extra phrases of "for me" to make it sound like the finale of GYPSY. It was very funny! Check out the clip from BOMBSHELLS in this message. Clips of all six characters are on YouTube.com.
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Caroline O' Connor has more talent in her pinky than LuPone has in her entire body. This is brilliant casting. Caroline is a wonder on stage. I'd kill to see this production. She will kill it.
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Updated On: 5/17/11 at 10:39 AM
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good for caroline! Not only is she talented, but a sweet, funny person as well. We used to smoke together in the alley outside the Shubert when Chicago was playing there, just shooting the breeze and laughing.
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Caroline O' Connor is a true talent.

I had never heard of her before I caught a matinee of MACK AND MABEL. She owned that stage.

I've been a regular Caroline O' Connor customer since.


Here is a sample of her MACK AND MABEL work. Of course it doesn't compare to seeing her live.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPlw1wVQo2I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrYZaoxQw1E&feature=related

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Updated On: 5/17/11 at 11:30 AM
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After hearing her Mrs. Lovett, I can't wait to hear her Mama Rose!
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Looking forward to seeing this, i was praying Lupone would not come over, could not be happier
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"Caroline O'Connor, famous for....well nothing really." musicaldudpeter.

"You know that there's a West End board to discuss people and shows that aren't of interest to most Yanks, right?" newintown.

Imagine sitting down to lunch with these two! :-P

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If you don't know anything about Caroline O'Connor or dismiss her because she's not famous in your small world, you're missing a lot.
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Sounds exciting!!
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Updated On: 5/17/11 at 05:58 PM
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'Famous for nothing.' Are you an idiot or do you just not happen to read film credits or check on how long someone's had a career before you post?

O'Connor is superb. She's gotten accolades from some of the greats out there. I missed her in Paris in Sweeney, but would love seeing her as Rose. The UK is lucky to have her heading into the production.
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I found her Velma Kelly, well, interesting
IMHO I see Queenie as being more of a brunette...
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I love Caroline O'Connor and I am quite excited about this news, and find it quite interesting, even if i don't live in England. When I read that this morning, i tried rushing right here to read everyone's opinion here, on the main board.
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Caroline's brilliant, I saw her in Mac and Mable. It was a shame that it closed early. I loved it.
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No offence to the poster, but was that Rose's Turn recorded in the orchestra pit? Not a pleasant vocal/instrumental balance... I hope it's not representative of the sound design of the production.

Here's a podcast (20mins) with O'Connor singing Everything's Coming Up Roses in-studio in the last 3 mins or so.

http://www.whatsonstage.com/radio/theatre/london/E8831331828858/WOS+Radio%3A+Leicester+Curve's+Gypsy+in+the+spotlight.html
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Newintown, you seem to be the only "Yank" not interested.