Who do you think was the best Mama Rose?

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Who do you think was the best Mama Rose?#1
Posted: 6/21/08 at 11:59am
Of all the people who played the role, which is your favorite?
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Merman.

then LUPONE

p.s. - how many threads are you going to make today? I'm seeing a trend...
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I think I've made two. And the reason I'm asking this is because I want to know which recording I should get. They all sound pretty good to me, but I only listen to a small bit of them.
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Since I can't choose one, I choose many of them!

Mama Merman
Lt. LuPone
Brilliant Peters
Lovely Lansbury
Terrific Tyne
and now....
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Can I still count Libby Morris and Geraldine Turner?

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After last night's performance, LuPone all the way. I seriously could not breath.
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My vote goes to Ethel.
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You're all forgetting the brilliant Joyce DeWitt.








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Actually I change my vote. I vote for the best Mama Rose to ever be recorded: Kay Medford.

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re: Who do you think was the best Mama Rose?#10
Posted: 6/21/08 at 12:39pm
After MermanLansburyLuPone, it would have to be Dolores Gray, who once told me,

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"I was the only one who understood the PSYCHOLOGY!"

(NB: Not in costume)

And then Lorna Luft:

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Because she has the pipes and, after all, Arthur Laurents based the character of Rose on Lorna's grandmother.
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re: Who do you think was the best Mama Rose?#11
Posted: 6/21/08 at 12:55pm
Madame LuPone all the way!!!
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Rose Hovick herself?
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How many times is the question about the best or favorite Momma Rose going to be asked? Okay, in descending order: Merman, LuPone, Lansbury, Daly, Peters, Midler. Now, I'm going to ask another question: how many of you out there actually saw all five Broadway productions?
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Why, Oscar winner Patty Duke, of course!

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I chose, and my world was shaken. So what? The choice may have been mistaken. The choosing was not.
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Lansbury
Merman
Midler

The rest are all wanna-bees.
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MIDLER???? LMAO???


In the words of Laurents, she was playing Norma Desmond, Bette Midler, and sometimes Madam Rose.
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"In the words of Laurents,"

Wasn't he the same person that blocked LuPone from doing it? What does he know?

Midler brought a certain wisecracking attitude to the role that the others didn't find. She had a frenetic energy that nobody could keep up with and I got the feeling that she just wore out Herbie and June and they left because they couldn't keep up with her. She gave a Rose that kept spinning her wheels and never getting anywhere.

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Your winner! Accept no substitutes. Doesn't get better than this.

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Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.
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Kay Medford is Mama Rose.
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Well, if you want to know which one we think is the best for recording advice, the latest revival with LuPone hasn't come out yet (I think LuPone will either be tops or second once her recording comes out).

So in terms of recordings:
Merman
Lansbury
Midler
Daly
Peters