This is what's officially known as a Real Incredible Find.
One of the iconic song in the history of the musical theater is Ethel Merman's rendition of the showstopping "Rose's Turn" in Gypsy -- the tour de force performance when Mama Rose has her breakdown on stage, after a confrontation with her daughter in the backstage dressing room, finally telling her mother that she's had enough.
Well...here is the audio of that number, with Ethel Merman performing it live on stage. And not just on stage, but in her emotional final appearance in the role, on March 25, 1961 -- rousing applause included. Making it all the better, even if you've heard the cast album recording, is that this clip includes the end of her confrontation scene with Louise (who takes the stage name, Gypsy Rose Lee) that leads into "Rose's Turn."
Yes, it's "just" audio. But it's a treasure to have.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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