Belfast Telegraph

Streisand upset by Gypsy no-go

Barbra Streisand is "disappointed" she will not get to star in the Gypsy film, according to the man who wrote the original stage version.

The superstar had been tipped to portray Mama Rose in the big-screen adaptation of Arthur Laurents' play, to be directed by The King's Speech Oscar-winner Tom Hooper, but it will not be happening after the playwright-director decided not to give the project the go-ahead.

"I think [Streisand] is disappointed, she wanted very much to do it - that would have been a good exit for her career," he told

"Tom Hooper wanted to direct it. I think he's wonderful."

Arthur, who wrote the original book inspiring the 1959 Broadway musical, changed his mind after speaking to the musical's lyricist Stephen Sondheim.

"Sondheim told me something that he got from the British and it's wonderful - he said, 'You want a record because the theatre is ephemeral. But that's wrong. The theatre's greatest essence is that it is ephemeral. You don't need a record. The fact that it's ephemeral means you can have different productions, different Roses on into infinity'," he continued.

"So I don't want it now. I don't want a definitive record. I want it to stay alive," he added.


From Belfast Telegraph