Imelda Staunton in GYPSY on the BBC

Ladies and Gentlemen, and GYPSY fans in particular, here’s a real treat: the BBC broadcast of Imelda Staunton as Rose in the Chichester Festival’s production of GYPSY!  Not only does she make a spectacular – and scary – Rose Hovick, but she actually looks a whole lot like the real Rose did, too.  See the photos below.  As someone who literally spent years researching Rose and going through scores of photographs of her, seeing Imelda’s performance is giving me the best kind of chills.

Pay particular attention to the little girl playing Baby June in this production, too.  She is hilarious!

Now what are you still reading this for when you could already be playing the video?  Give it a whirl!  Here she is, boys!  Here she is, WORLD!  Here’s Rose!

 

The real Rose Hovick.

The real Rose Hovick.

Imelda Staunton, the actress who looks the most like the real Rose.

Imelda Staunton, the actress who looks the most like the real Rose.

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