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All-black "Gypsy"

Cast it.

by Anonymousreply 7711/02/2013

Mo'Nique as Mama Rose

by Anonymousreply 111/01/2013

Rose - Gina Torres

Louise - Kat Graham

Herbie - Wendell Pierce

by Anonymousreply 211/01/2013

Lillias White

by Anonymousreply 311/01/2013

Patti Austin as Mama Rose

by Anonymousreply 411/01/2013


by Anonymousreply 511/01/2013

Someone will type "Audra McDonald" but Rose should NOT be a soprano.

I would have said Tonya Pinkins but her voice is not in a position to sing the score any more.

I'll plump for Lillias White.

by Anonymousreply 611/01/2013

Tamar Braxton as Dainty June.

by Anonymousreply 711/01/2013

What a non starter. The mothers at that kiddie show would have whooped Mama Roses ass for her antics, and the show would be over.

Some things just do not cross cultures.

by Anonymousreply 811/01/2013

GYPSY is a "musical fable". Rose is hardly Eleanor Roosevelt.

by Anonymousreply 911/01/2013

Speaking of non-traditional casting, I would love to have seen Pat Suzuki as Mama Rose. She had a hell of a voice, and personality to burn.

by Anonymousreply 1011/01/2013

Patti Labelle for Rose?

by Anonymousreply 1111/01/2013

R11, it is a "Musical Fable" to keep the sister, June Havoc, from suing. Don't confuse a disclaimer with fact.

by Anonymousreply 1211/01/2013

If Patti LaBelle played Rose they'd have to cut the non-Rose numbers just to finish the show on time.

by Anonymousreply 1311/01/2013

Patti LuPone in blackface as Rose

by Anonymousreply 1411/01/2013

Jill Scott might be fun.

by Anonymousreply 1511/01/2013

How does LaChanze sound these days?

by Anonymousreply 1611/01/2013

Rihanna might actually be well cast as Louise.

by Anonymousreply 1711/01/2013

No, Tevin Campbell is Louise.

by Anonymousreply 1811/01/2013

Octavia Spencer as Rose

Kerry Washington as Gypsy

Willow Smith as Dainty June

Craig Robinson as Herbie

Taye Diggs as Tulsa

by Anonymousreply 1911/01/2013

Loretta Devine and Viveca Fox as the strippers

by Anonymousreply 2011/01/2013

Amandla Stenberg as Dainty June

by Anonymousreply 2111/01/2013

Johnny Gill as Herbie.

Maxwell as Tulsa.

by Anonymousreply 2211/01/2013

Stephanie Mills as Rose.

Little people as the remaining cast.

by Anonymousreply 2311/01/2013

Sounds ghastly. Wasn't the white one bad enough?

by Anonymousreply 2411/01/2013

Terri White as Mazeppa.

by Anonymousreply 2511/01/2013

Tulsa has only one number, but it's a show-stopper!

We need someone sensational enough but not too much of a star to accept such a part.

by Anonymousreply 2611/01/2013

Will Smith's kids get to have any part they want and don't call it nepotism. They are special.

by Anonymousreply 2711/01/2013

[quote] We need someone sensational enough but not too much of a star to accept such a part.

Corbin Bleu.

by Anonymousreply 2811/01/2013

Def. Lillias White.

by Anonymousreply 2911/01/2013

Cynthia Erivo (Whoopi in the London Color Purple) would be a lovely Louise, though she is tiny.

by Anonymousreply 3011/01/2013

Nell Carter as Rose

Lola Falana as Gypsy

Kim Fields as Dainty June

LL Cool J as Herbie

Ben Vereen as Tulsa

by Anonymousreply 3111/01/2013

Katherine Jackson as Rose

Joe Jackson as Pop, Mr Granzinger, Uncle Jocko etc.

Janet Jackson as Louise

LaToya Jackson as June

Cheyenne Jackson as Tulsa

by Anonymousreply 3211/01/2013

I've wracked my brains. I cannot come up with a really viable cast that could do the job. .. Most of the posts here amount to "wouldn't it be gay,if..." .. Not grounded in reality at all. Wrong show, wrong music, wrong people. .. It would be easier to cast an all-white "Porgy and Bess".

by Anonymousreply 3311/01/2013

Lillias White is an unreasonable suggestion? Tonya Pinkins?

by Anonymousreply 3411/01/2013

Gabby Sidoube as the entire cast.

by Anonymousreply 3511/01/2013

Leslie Uggams for Mama Rose, and then she could forget all the lyrics.

by Anonymousreply 3611/01/2013

Seriously could Queen Latifah bring it off? she could just about sing it and she's butch enough to play a no-nonsense Rose.

by Anonymousreply 3711/01/2013

Can Monique sing? After seeing what she did in Precious, I know she could act the shit out of it.

Queen Latifah could be an interesting choice. I can see her playing it a lot like Tyne Daly did, who, acting wise, was my favorite Rose.

by Anonymousreply 3811/01/2013

Get another hat for the baby! Get another hat for the baby! ... Get another hat for the baby... 23 Skidooo!

by Anonymousreply 3911/01/2013

I'm not so sure Latifah could sing it. But not being able to sing it didn't harm Tyne Daly.

by Anonymousreply 4011/01/2013

Latifah can neither act or sing.

by Anonymousreply 4111/01/2013

r44 = CZJ

by Anonymousreply 4211/01/2013

Wendy Williams as one of the strippers.

by Anonymousreply 4311/01/2013

Jaden Smith as everyone.

by Anonymousreply 4411/01/2013

Gary Coleman as Agnes.

by Anonymousreply 4511/01/2013

Taraji P Henson for Rose

Akika Noni Rose for June

Michael K Williams for Herbie

by Anonymousreply 4611/01/2013

Jennifer Lewis - Rose

David Alan Greer -Herbie

Azelea Banks - Gypsy


Janelle Monae - Gypsy

by Anonymousreply 4711/01/2013

Yes, Jenifer (one n) Lewis would be perfect. I could picture her face and demeanor but couldn't remember her name.

by Anonymousreply 4811/01/2013

Brandy - Louise.

I like the Jenifer Lewis suggestion

by Anonymousreply 4911/01/2013

The things you old folks come up with.

by Anonymousreply 5011/01/2013

Then of course there is Oprah as Mama Rose...

by Anonymousreply 5111/01/2013

Jenifer Lewis is brilliant casting.

by Anonymousreply 5211/01/2013

Lewis did Dolly somewhere. They might go for her as Rose.

by Anonymousreply 5311/01/2013

Let's do it!

by Anonymousreply 5411/01/2013

Rose: Monique

Louise: Sheri Sheppard

Baby June: Gabourey Sidibe

Herbie: Andre Leon Talley

Miss Mazeppa: Anna Wintour in blackface and a fat suit.

by Anonymousreply 5511/01/2013

How about the Weather Girls as the strippers for that cast, r58?

by Anonymousreply 5611/01/2013

One of the Weather Girls is dead. But she might still do it - ring her agent.

by Anonymousreply 5711/01/2013

Tyler Perry is ROSE!

Rihanna = LOUISE!

Eddie Murphy = HERBIE!

Chris Brown = TULSA!

by Anonymousreply 5811/01/2013

Eddie Murphy will only do it if Cillian Murphy plays one of the strippers. The other strippers also have to be the "tuck" type.

by Anonymousreply 5911/01/2013

Can Angela Bassett sing? I've always loved her, but after AHS:Coven, I bet she can do anything so she's my Rose.

I'd pay anything to see Loretta Devine play Tessie or Electra. She'd also be a great Miss Cratchit .

by Anonymousreply 6011/01/2013

I don't think Basset can sing, but if Lifetime do a black GYPSY, she could do it with a dubber. I'm sure Kelly Price is available.

by Anonymousreply 6111/01/2013

Kelly fucking PRICE???? Oh HELLZ nawww!

by Anonymousreply 6211/01/2013

Too bad she's left the "Small World", Butterfly McQueen would have been a toreadorable Rose.

by Anonymousreply 6311/01/2013

Well no one too famous would agree to dub Bassett without onscreen credit.

by Anonymousreply 6411/01/2013

Vanessa Williams as Rose

by Anonymousreply 6511/01/2013

Sweet Brown as Mazeppa/Rose understudy. T Boz as Electra, Nene Leakes as The Butterfly, Khloe Kardashian as Miss Crathitt (she is black right?), Whoopi Goldberg as Mr. Goldstone/Jacko, Germaine Jackson as Rose's father, Nicki Minaj as Baby June, Lil Mama as the Balloon Girl, Wendy Williams as The Cow.

by Anonymousreply 6611/01/2013

Mo'Nique as Caroline

by Anonymousreply 6711/01/2013

Mostly silliness here, but Queen Latifah would be wonderful, I think!

Dule Hill as Herbie, and the three original Dreamgirls ladies as the strippers!

by Anonymousreply 6811/01/2013

[quote]Leslie Uggams for Mama Rose, and then she could forget all the lyrics.

"Everything's hucka be jeepers, for you and for ME!"

by Anonymousreply 6911/02/2013

I agree with Vanessa Williams as Rose.

by Anonymousreply 7011/02/2013

Jenifer Lewis or Taraji P Henson as Rose

Anika Noni Rose as Louise

Rhiannon as Dainty June

David Allen Grier as Herbie

Michael K Williams as Tulsa

Viveca Fox as Mazeppa

Dionne Warwick as Mr.Goldstone

by Anonymousreply 7111/02/2013

Jimmie Walker as Tessie Tura.

by Anonymousreply 7211/02/2013

In all seriousness, I think Gladys Knight could do the role serious justice. She still has an amazing set of pipes.

I also second Jenifer Lewis. Very underrated actress and singer.

Barbra should seriously think about doing something different if she gets to direct. Enough with the vanity projects.

by Anonymousreply 7311/02/2013

Up next: An all-white version of "The Wiz."

by Anonymousreply 7411/02/2013
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