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Long Island, New York & Boston,
posted: 9/30/2003 at 4:01:47 PM ET
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I was just listening to Little Lamb and something has been bothering me ever since I first saw Gypsy. When Louise sings, "I wonder how old I am.." most people in the audience laugh. I always thought that this was more of a serious tone because Rose has been forcing her kids to lie about their ages for years and they literally don't know how old they are. Was this line intended to be humorous or serious?

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posted: 9/30/2003 at 4:58:54 PM ET
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I would have to say I think it's both. The situation is of course unfunny at its core, but funny on the surface, in a very ironic sort of way. I mean, who doesn't know how old they are? It's tragic, but at the same time so ludicrous that we have to laugh.

For instance, in the book, GYPSY, Louise says she knew how old she was, but would occasionally get confused because she was supposed to be older one day and younger the next. And to make it even more confusing, Rose kept (and continually made new) forgeries of the girls' birth certificates. Plus, (and I don't think this is a quality exclusive only to Rose Havoc)once Rose said something enough times, she started to believe it was true. So this generally lead to many humorous interludes in the book, despite the fact that we know how screwed up it is.

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posted: 9/30/2003 at 10:03:08 PM ET
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It's funny that you said that MsPetersFan, cuz I just went to see the show for the first time a week ago and I was almost a little surprised by the laughter from the audience...I had always interpreted it in a sad way when I heard the song ~ Now that I think of it it can be funny...I guess it strikes people differently

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posted: 10/1/2003 at 12:08:05 PM ET
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I think it's both.


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posted: 10/1/2003 at 12:25:07 PM ET
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It is poignant and droll; it is wry humor.
It is also the payoff to what would otherwise be a pretty dopey song.
It evokes one of my most favorite emotions: laughter through tears.

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