Will It Be Barbra and Gaga in Gypsy?
By Jeremy Kinser
Buried almost as an afterthought in the second to last paragraph of Time's profile of Barbra Streisand is a bombshell. The entertainment legend tells the magazine's Joel Stein as the two go on an hour-long drive to promote her new comedy The Guilt Trip, that she's thinking of casting Lady Gaga as the title character in her planned remake of Gypsy.
The project has long been discussed as a vehicle for Academy Award-winning Streisand, who'll no doubt deliver the definitive interpretation of Mama Rose, the biggest, baddest stage mother of them all. The 70-year-old entertainer, who hasn't starred in a musical since Yentl 29 years ago, even performed knockout renditions of two songs ("Rose's Turn" and "Some People") from the show's famed score during her recent concert tour. Although she isn't expected to direct the musical, she'll undoubtedly have co-star approval.
The Born This Way singer will make her film acting debut as Lady Chameleon in next year's ultra-violent Machete Kills, but can Gaga hold her own against the Oscar-winner? If you squint your eyes you can see a slight resemblance between the two proudly-ethnic performers that could lend credibility to their playing mother and daughter and there's a something of a parallel between the two strong women, which besides being icons to the gay community from the launch of their careers and their tireless efforts to fight for equality.
Last year, the younger musician told The Advocate that she feels a connection to Streisand. Maybe everything really is coming up roses.