Amy Sherman-Palladino is a name on everyone’s lips these days with the success of her Amazon original show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel shows no signs of slowing down as the show and cast cleaned up this past award season. Season 3 is set to premiere later this year. Even with the success, Sherman-Palladino has had with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, she may already be planning her next project.
Gypsy is the musical from Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne, and Stephen Sondheim. It tells the story of the tough but lovable Mama Rose and how she pushes her two daughters to succeed as vaudeville stars. Through all the trials and tribulations of life and show business, one of Mama Rose’s daughters become a burlesque star, Gypsy Rose Lee.
And as Deadline points out, Sherman-Palladino’s life imitates art as it were. Her life has similarities to the plot in Gypsy.
Sherman-Palladino is the daughter of comedian Don Sherman and dancer Maybin Hewes. Before becoming a writer, producer, and director, Sherman-Palladino pursued a career in dance.
Her life experiences coupled with her professional work on Gilmore Girls, Roseanne, and Bunheads, may be exactly what makes this the perfect follow-up project to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Sherman-Palladino also has past experience with Broadway. According to Playbill, she produced the Broadway revival Violet.
Is ‘Gypsy’ Sherman-Palladino’s next project?
Gypsy has a lot in common with other works Sherman-Palladino has gravitated toward in the past. First, it has a strong female lead. See Gilmore Girls, Roseanne, and The Marvelous Maisel.
Second, the story focuses on women. Again, Sherman Palladino’s past works have focused on women. In Gilmore Girls it was the mother-daughter relationship between Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. On The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel it’s Miriam “Midge” Maisel and her relationships with her friends and family.
Third, it’s quirky. All of Sherman-Palladino’s projects are quirky. They have pop culture references practically in every scene and the characters talk fast. Characters talk so fast the shows have a speech coach on staff to teach actors how to talk quickly while still delivering their lines.
And fourth, it’s a period piece. Sherman-Palladino is known for her aversion to modern technology, which may have been one of the reasons she chose to work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, set in the late 1950s. Gypsy would be another period piece free of iPhones and social media.
Previous ‘Gypsy’ adaptations
Gypsy made its Broadway debut in 1959 and was based on the autobiography by stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. In 1962, the musical was put on film with Rosalind Russell. Then in 1993, Bette Midler starred in the made-for-TV movie, for which she received critical acclaim.
A previous iteration of Gypsy fell apart in 2016 after production company STX backed out of the project. Barbra Streisand was set to play the role of Mama Rose with Barry Levinson directing, and Richard LaGravanese writing the script. Lady Gaga was on Streisand’s shortlist to play Louise/Gypsy.
This time around, New Regency is financing a film adaptation of Gypsy and Joel Silver is producing. While Sherman-Palladino hasn’t confirmed she’s signed on for Gypsy, she may be in talks to join the revival. And as we previously mentioned, this project sounds like a perfect match for her.