PLAYBILL POLL: Who Should Star in the Title Role of the Upcoming HBO Biopic "Madame Rose"? Readers Respond

By Jared Clough
March 23, 2014

Earlier this week it was reported that "Hairspray" director Adam Shankman will direct and produce an HBO biopic about the life of overbearing stage mom Rose Hovick, who is also the central figure of the classic Broadway musical Gypsy. We wondered: Who should star as Rose in the upcoming HBO film "Madame Rose"?



Playbill.com polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter. Their responses follow:

Patti LuPone
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Jen Lau Patti LuPone, no contest.

Robin Ross Do you really need to ask? Patti Lupone, of course!!!

James Gibson-Bray Patti.

Luka Ashley Carter Patti LuPone!!

Jennifer Hickey-Scarpella La LuPone!

Mike Martinelli ‪Patti LuPone

Lyndsay Wilshaw Patti LuPone will always be Mama Rose in my book!

Gina Guarino Lupone.

Charlotte Curry Always a Patti

Paige Phillips Patti LuPone, because she's Patti LuPone.

Andrew Stevens Purdy PATTI

Gaspar Marino Patti Lu Pone.

Maryann Valbiro LuPone....enough said.

Patricia Burns LuPone....without a doubt

Paul Sheppard Lupone of course!

Remi-Marie Presky PATTI LUPONE!

Robin Lifton Cheris Patti

Sandra MacDonald Adams Patti LuPone

Tom Zurla LuPone!!!! Period!!!!

Christine Wright Lupone!

George Piatt Patti LuPone

LuPone played Rose in the 2008 revival of Gypsy, alongside Laura Benanti and Boyd Gaines, a production that garnered Tony Awards for all three actors. Two-time Tony Award winner LuPone has recently been seen in the TV series "Girls" and "American Horror Story: Coven." 

Tyne Daly
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Peter Maniacci Tyne Daly

Fern Altman Tyne Daly

Sarah Newsom Komar Tyne Daly. I saw her on stage in Gypsy and she was FANTASTIC.

Stacey Holton-Tobin Tyne Daly, that's your lady.

Gaspar Marino Tyne Daly would be good too.

Fern Altman Tyne Daly

Daly won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance as Rose in the 1989 Broadway revival of Gypsy. She is also the recipient of six Emmy Awards and is known for her roles on the television series “Cagney & Lacey” and “Judging Amy.” Daly is currently starring in Terrence McNally's Mothers and Sons, which offically opens on Broadway March 24. 

Bernadette Peters
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Mitchel Swersky Bernadette!

Phoenix Pac Bernadette Peters hands down! She is such a talent and character.

Walker Gilmer Bernadette Peters hands down.

Mary Luke The one and only Bernadette.

Susan Cullen Bernadette Peters.

Three-time Tony winner Peters made her Broadway debut in 1967 in The Girl With the Freudian Slip and has gone on to create leading roles in Mack and Mabel, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods and The Goodbye Girl. She starred as Rose in the 2003 Broadway revival of Gypsy and was recently seen in the NBC television series “Smash,” where she played Ivy Lynn’s (Megan Hilty) mother.

Bette Midler
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Tracey Chiriboga Bette Midler.

James Burris Bette Midler hands down.

Lee Waters Bette Midler.

James Grimes Bette Midler....because she's the Queen of All Things.

Shannon Rose Ryan Six Bette would be a natural.

Midler, who recently made her Academy Awards performing debut, starred as Rose in the 1993 television movie version of Gypsy, for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV. The Grammy-winning artist was most recently on Broadway in the solo show I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers.

Jessica Lange
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Matt Welch I'd like to see Jessica Lange dive in to creating an in-depth Mama Rose.

Valerie Godowsky Jessica Lange!

Susan Cullen Maybe Jessica Lange!

With two Oscars, two Emmys, five Golden Globes and an Olivier nomination under her belt, Lange has has had an active acting career for over 40 years. Most recently seen in the FX anthology horror series "American Horror Story," Lange will leave the series following the show’s fourth season, which will be set in a carnival.

Betty Buckley
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Caleb Grochalski Betty Buckley. I'm astounded that she hasn't yet.

Some of Buckley’s numerous credits include the original Broadway casts of 1776, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Triumph of Love and Cats, for which she won the Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella. Buckley, who starred in both the London and Broadway productions of Sunset Boulevard, was most recently seen in the Off-Broadway production of The Old Friends; she also played Rose in the 1998 Paper Mill Playhouse production of Gypsy.

Betty Buckley
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Lisa Brandes Idina Menzel

Menzel made her Broadway debut in 1996 in Rent, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She won her Tony for her work in the international hit musical Wicked. She is currently starring in the new musical If/Then, which will officially open on Broadway March 30.