I posted about Gypsy once. . .
I get it.
But I just watched video of the City Center Production–
better known as Lupone Gypsy.
Thankfully, you can see most of it on YouTube.
And I realize that because of Arthur Laurents’ brilliance that even bad productions of that show are good.
And I realize that even good productions will always just hint at how amazing that Encores show was.
I had forgotten how superior it really was.
The casting was so airtight.
It helps to have amazing actors and singers, who also have impeccable comedic timing,
And to make the memory of it infinitely better, we headed to that Gypsy performance in July fresh from a successful trip to the Studio 54 box office where we SCORED front row discounted “wet” seats for 110 in the Shade– which I have also written about before (back in May when I saw it the first time.) But I have to continually mention it to remind myself how lucky I was to have experienced it. If only it could have gone on forever . . . I’d be more broke than I am now!
That show was another case of inconceivably beautiful casting.
And I have such a weakness for Jones and Schmidt– even their less successful work.
I am inexplicably tied to the heart and soul of their musical sensibilities and storytelling.
Eh, While I am posting video– here’s the Tony Performance. This is one of the two almost solely comic numbers. They are so fun and well done, but don’t exemplify the emotional tone of the show very well. Damn Tony Awards needing excitement for ratings. . .
And while I am mooning over Jones and Schmidt– I must confess I haven’t seen the off broadway revival of The Fantasticks, which I agree is criminal.
I finally have the new cast recording which is exquisite.
My favorite piece of music in that show is still “This Plum is Too Ripe.”