THE SCREENING ROOM: Here They Are, World! A Dozen Divas Sing Gypsy's "Rose's Turn" (Video)

By Playbill Staff
August 23, 2012

"Here she is, boys! Here she is, world! Here's Rose!" — a dozen of them. With talk of a 2013 London revival of Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents and Jule Styne's iconic musical Gypsy, we take a look back at 12 divas who took on the second-act, show-stopping ballad "Rose's Turn."



From Ethel Merman, who originated the role of Rose in the 1959 Broadway production of Gypsy and received a Tony nomination for her performance, to Patti LuPone, Broadway's most recent Rose, who took home the 2008 Tony for her turn, Playbill.com offers a dozen performances from Gypsy.

As previously reported, Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton may be the next leading lady to take on the overbearing stage mother in a 2013 London revival.

Who is your favorite?

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Here is the audio from Broadway's original Rose, Ethel Merman:

Tony winner Liza Minnelli sings "Rose's Turn" in concert:

Angela Lansbury took on Rose in the 1973 London revival of Gypsy, which later transferred to Broadway in 1974. She was the first Rose to win a Tony Award for her performance. Here is the audio of "Rose's Turn":

Here is some rare video footage from Lansbury's Gypsy, including snippets of "Some People," "Together Wherever We Go" and "Rose's Turn."

Bernadette Peters took on Rose in the 2003 Broadway revival and received a Tony nomination for her perofrmance. At the 57th annual Tony Awards, she sang "Rose's Turn":

LuPone was Broadway's next Rose in the 2008 revival. Although there is no footage of her "Rose's Turn" in concert, we've included the Broadway audio as well as her performance of "Everything's Coming Up Roses" at the Tony Awards:

Bette Midler played Mama in the 1993 television adaptation of Gypsy. Here is her performance:

Tony winner Betty Buckley, who starred in an acclaimed production of Gypsy at Paper Mill Playhouse, incorporated "Rose's Turn" into her set at Carnegie Hall:

Here is Tony winner Dolores Gray's performance of "Rose's Turn" at a benefit concert:

Tyne Daly was the second actress to receive the Tony Award for her performance as Rose in Gypsy. Here is the audio of "Rose's Turn" from the 1989 Broadway revival:

Caroline O'Connor took on Rose earlier this year at Leicester's Curve in the U.K. Here are highlights from that production, including her performance of "Rose's Turn":

The Fox hit musical series "Glee" also included the famous Gypsy musical number. Here is Chris Colfer's (Kurt) performance:


Rosalind Russell starred as Rose in the 1962 film adaptation. In the film, Lisa Kirk dubbed most of Russell's singing, including the second half of "Rose's Turn." Here is that performance:

While surfing YouTube, we came across another clip of Russell's performance, which we couldn't resist including. Here's what the number would've looked like if Merman's vocals were implanted into the film: