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Happy Mother’s Day! – Presenting. In Person. The GYPSY Mama Rose Supercut! – “Some People” Sung by Merman, Lupone, Judy, Midler, Liza and More! – Video

Nothing says Mother’s Day and GAY like “Gypsy” and Mama Rose. (Except maybe Mommy Dearest.)

“Louise! Bring me the  Chowsie!”


Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker & Kathy Najimy to Reunite for the 25th Anniversary of 'Hocus Pocus'!

It’s Here!! – Back2Stonewall’s Halloween Countdown: ” I Put A Spell On You” from the 1993 Movie “Hocus Pocus”

It's Coming! - Back2Stonewall's Halloween Countdown: " I Put A Spell On You" from the 1993 Movie "Hocus Pocus"


Lets face it.  Halloween is really the gayest, fabulash and best of all holidays!  Halloween street events in gay villages Key West, Florida, Christopher Street in New York, Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood and the Castro in San Francisco have evolved from informal parades into Mardi Gras-like events with “drinking and dancing and carrying on in the streets.

Everyday from now until Halloween Back2Stonewall.com will bring you some of the best Halloween clips out there from funny to scary to downright GAY!

And since we just mentioned GAY lets start off with Bette Midler, Kathy Najimi and Carrie Bradshaw Sarah Jessica Parker performing  “I Put a Spell On You” from the “Hocus Pocus.”



“Hocus Pocus” Trivia:

* When Bette Midler takes the stage at the town Halloween Party, she says “Hello Salem, my name is Winifred. What’s yours?”. This is a take-off of the famous line, “Hello world, my name is Rose, what’s yours?” that is spoken by Mama Rose in the musical “Gypsy”. Midler played Mama Rose in the television version, Gypsy (1993), the same year this film was released.

* Rosie O’Donnell was originally offered the role of Mary Sanderson, but it was ultimately given to Kathy Najimy. O’Donnell claims on her blog that she turned down the offer to work with the Divine Miss M because she didn’t want to be a “scary witch”.

*  A child wearing a Michael Myers Mask and Clown Suit was seen out the front of the “Devils” house.

*  In this film, Sarah Jessica Parker plays a witch who was executed during the Salem Witch Trials in the late 1600s. While researching her family history for the show “Who Do You Think You Are?” (2004), Parker was shocked to discover that her 10th great-grandmother Esther Elwell was arrested in Salem in the late 1600s for committing “sundry acts of witchcraft” and choking a neighbour to death. Esther’s case never went to court, she escaped with her life and the accusation ended the Salem Witch Trials. Parker said: “It has changed everything about who I thought I was.”

SHOCK! Rosalind Russell Singing "Some People" From GYPSY (1962) In Her Own Voice (Video)

When Rosalind’s Russell’s vocal tracks for “Gypsy” were released on CD in 2005, they were not her final versions. Here is her last attempt at this song, and it’s better (though still not usable).

Russell was completely dubbed in this number by Lisa Kirk in the released film. Roz includes exactly three paragraphs on “Gypsy” in her autobiography, “Life Is A Banquet.”

* At first I was only to act the part; Rose’s singing was dubbed by a professional with a big trained voice. When I heard it, I got sick. “It isn’t me,” I said. “I’m bad, but I can’t stand to hear that. Everybody knows I don’t sing operatically, it throws the balance off.” Warner Brothers agreed and rescored the picture, and I sang my own part. People still say that I didn’t, but that’s Roz, and nobody else, as Rose on the soundtrack of Gypsy.

*Roz, we love you, but if that’s you in the film, then who’s that singing in these clips? Ethel?
Rumor has it that Merman, rightfully angry that she was not cast in the film, got hold of these recordings and used to play them for friends at parties. Now why would she do that? =)
(Note that she sings the original lyric, “Hey, L.A., I’m comin’ your way” – apparently the story had not been rewritten at the time of filming.)

*From TCM:
Though she had starred in the stage musical “Wonderful Town” ten years earlier, Russell’s voice didn’t have the power required for the score. After listening to her recording of the numbers, even Russell had to agree that she would need to be dubbed, though she would deny this, too, in her memoirs. Russell’s voice was used only for the patter portions of the numbers. For the real singing, Broadway belter Lisa Kirk, who had starred in the original stage production of “Kiss Me, Kate,” modulated her voice to a near perfect match for Russell’s