Drat! Streisand’s ‘Gypsy’ hits another roadblock
It started off as a great week for Barbra Streisand as she kicked off her latest concert tour in Los Angeles (I was there!).
Then came the bad news.
The star’s plans to star in a new feature film version of the classic musical Gypsy have hit another snag.
STX Entertainment has dropped plans to finance the film which has Barry Levinson on board to direct, according to The Wrap.
Streisand is to not only star but also produce the film with Joel Silver. The project will now be shopped around to other companies.
Streisand, 74. would play the ultimate stage mother whose children include stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.
The role is considered a gem with such show-stopping numbers as Rose’s Turn, Some People and Everything’s Coming Up Roses.
It was played in a 1962 film by Rosalind Russell and in a 1993 TV version by Bette Midler.
Ethel Merman originated the role on Broadway where Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peters and Patti LuPone have also headed productions.
Gypsy is seen as an ideal bookend to Streisand’s film career which was launched in 1968 with her Oscar-winning performance in Funny Girl.
She has also starred in the musicals Hello, Dolly!, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Funny Lady, A Star is Born and Yentl.
Whether or not Gypsy comes to fruition, it’s a busy time for Streisand whose latest album, Encores, comes out later this month.
In support of the album, she is currently on a nine-city concert tour in which she sings material from her number one albums spanning six decades.
The legendary tar is also writing her autobiography.