aurora, on Jun 21 2007, 04:48 PM, said:
It is a bit strange however given that broadway musicals *aren't* usually revived every year, that there is another revival of Gypsy this soon. And Patti Lupone is certainly more true to type (Ethel Merman) than Bernadette Peters was.
No, you're right, a musical being revived that quickly is odd. But let me make a few guesses(mostly concerned with money of course).
The Peters revival of 2003-2004 was troubled and you are not the only person to remark that the role was not a neat fit for her
(imagine whispering Everything's Coming Up Roses??????)
More important , it was an open ended show at a Broadway house.
The Lupone is easier and neater for the promoters, it's closed ended, just three weeks and it should be easy to sell a lot of tickets even in July based on the short window. I don't know this as fact, so bear that in mind, but I think this version may be moved around to limited engagements in other cities. The producers have less of that old style managing of looking at last weeks takes and deciding to post a closing notice.
Sorry, I've gone waaaaaaaaaaaaay