“Gypsy” arrives to us as a TV-Movie recording out of the Savoy Theater. Relatively recent, it allowed the once and future Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) to put her stamp on Gypsy Rose Lee. The British staging tries to do its best to stay true to the original show. However, there is a ton of revisionism that makes some changes work and others fall flat. What kinda hurts this presentation is that there isn’t a proper sense of times. Things just whizz back and forth, while die-hard fans wait for the musical numbers.
Then, there’s Imelda Staunton. Staunton knows Sondheim and her stage turn here will be new to American audiences. But, she’s been doing this for decades and she owns the stage like a pro. This release is easily the best of the November Shout Broadway titles. Hopefully, the masters of Horror, Cult and Sci-Fi keep delving deep into this arena. I know that I’m up for it.
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 master audio