The original casting package for this blockbuster no doubt would have created motion picture history, with Miss Show Business herself, Judy Garland taking on the Ethel Merman legend, and the steamy Ann-Margret re-creating the strips of famed burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee. We love Roz,
and her comic business as quintessential stage ma Rose Hovick is terrific; her moments of pathos don't disappoint, either, but she's just not the cyclonic force of nature that made Merman immortal in the annals of show business history. With her mother-resentments, and grueling vaudeville
childhood, the thought of Garland is a chilling one indeed, for GYPSY is a musical about child a...