"I Can See It": Reimagined Revivals With New Casting Concepts

By Ben Rimalower
26 Oct 2013

Anika Noni Rose
Photo by Matthew Karas

All-Black Gypsy

This one's a no-brainer. Gypsy is all about the fierceness of the actress playing Rose. Many of the fiercest performers of all time have been black women, both as actors and as singers. Would anyone not be excited to hear one of our great African-American actress-singers lend their luscious vocals to such musical theatre treasures as "Some People," "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and, of course, "Rose's Turn"? Especially considering that last juggernaut (the inspiration for dozens of other shows' eleven-o'clock numbers, including Caroline, or Change's "Lot's Wife"), the obvious choice for Rose is Tony-winner Tonya Pinkins, perhaps reunited with (her former onstage daughter) Anika Noni Rose as Louise.


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