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Opened on Broadway:
May 21, 1959

Charted: July 20, 1959


Rating: 4.500 (average of 4 ratings)


Genre: show tunes


Quotable: “one of the great American musicals of all time” – All Music Guide


Album Tracks:

  1. Overture
  2. Let Me Entertain You (JACQUELINE MAYRO/ KAREN MOORE/ ETHEL MERMAN)
  3. Some People (ETHEL MERMAN/ STEPHEN SONDHEIM)
  4. Small World (ETHEL MERMAN/ JACK KLUGMAN)
  5. Baby June and Her Newsboys
  6. Mr. Goldstone, I Love You (ETHEL MERMAN)
  7. Little Lamb (SANDRA CHURCH)
  8. You’ll Never Get Away from Me (ETHEL MERMAN/ JACK KLUGMAN)
  9. Dainty June and Her Farmboys
  10. If Momma Was Married (SANDRA CHURCH/ LANE BRADBURY)
  11. All I Need Is the Girl (PAUL WALLACE/ SANDRA CHURCH)
  12. Everything’s Coming Up Roses (ETHEL MERMAN)
  13. Together (Wherever We Go) (ETHEL MERMAN/ JACK KLUGMAN/ SANDRA CHURCH)
  14. You Gotta Get a Gimmick (FAITH DANE/ CHOTZI FOLEY/ MARIA KARNILOVA)
  15. Let Me Entertain You (SANDRA CHURCH)
  16. Rose’s Turn (ETHEL MERMAN)


Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
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Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 13
peak on U.K. album chart --


Singles/Hit Songs:

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Notes: “Rhino’s 1996 reissue of the soundtrack…is the third distinctly different edition of the soundtrack on CD. In contrast to the MCA version, which replicated the 1958 LP, or the 1991 version from Sony Music, which incorporated stretches of orchestrated dialogue, the producers of this CD had access to the unmixed music tracks from the original film elements. The result is a 42 song CD with 75 minutes of music, double the length of any prior version of the soundtrack” (Eder).


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.


Gypsy (cast album)
Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim (composers)
Review:
“This tribute to burlesque was a star vehicle for Ethel Merman. The score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim includes the Merman standard Everything’s Coming Up Roses, and the song that is invariably used to introduce anything having to do with the strip tease, Let Me Entertain You. A 702-performance hit in its original production (which is captured here), the show was considered the definitive Merman performance and the crowning achievement of her long career. (It marked her final appearance in a new Broadway musical, though she later appeared in revivals.) It is also considered one of the great American musicals of all time, balanced between the broad show business entertainment represented by composer Jule Styne and the modern, dark, psychological drama typical of Stephen Sondheim, who, as with his previous effort West Side Story, was contributing only lyrics, though he would go on to write music and lyrics for a series of musicals from the 1960s on.” MWR


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Last updated March 22, 2011.