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OTRC: Barbra Streisand to star in 'Gypsy' film?

Barbra Streisand in a scene from 'Little Fockers.' (Universal Studios/Ralph Nelson)

A new movie adaptation of the 1959 Broadway musical "Gypsy" starring Barbra Streisand is still in the works, reports say.

"Gypsy" is based on the memoirs of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee and features songs such as "Everything's Coming up Roses" and "Small World." The production focuses on Lee's stage mother, Rose.

The author of the musical, Arthur Laurents, had told the Hartford Courant earlier this month that he had changed his mind about allowing "Gypsy" to be made into a new film after speaking to Streisand and the musical's lyricist, Stephen Sondheim.

However, the "Gypsy" movie project is "very much alive" and a deal is "close to being made at Universal Pictures," Deadline.com reported on Monday, March 21. Also, Entertainment Weekly said the studio is currently in talks to acquire a "Gypsy" adaptation starring Streisand and added that both Laurents and Sondheim are still attached to the project.

"Sources close to Barbra are telling me it's a very active project - and Barbra will play Mama Rose," read a message on a Streisand fan site, which the singer linked to through a Tweet on her official Twitter page. "All being well, and once contracts are signed off, the film will be made at Universal Pictures."

The original "Gypsy" musical ran on Broadway between 1959 and 1961. Several revivals have been produced and ones produced in the past decade have starred Bernadette Peters and Patti LuPone.

Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood starred in a 1962 movie based on the musical. Bette Midler appeared in a 1993 television movie.

Streisand, an Oscar and Grammy-winner, appeared in the films "Funny Girl," "Hello, Dolly!" and recently, "Little Fockers." She is known for songs such as "People" and "The Way We Were," based off a1973 movie. She is set to perform the latter track on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Tuesday, March 22.

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