Aug 22, 2012

Honey Boo Boo Mom - The Modern Momma Rose

"Work it, Smoochie!"; "Shake your butt, Baby!" - Momma Thompson

Kiddy beauty pageant royalty and Toddlers in Tiaras poster child, 6 year old Alana Thompson, has shot to mega stardom this summer. Bearing a jiggling mid-drift in her daisy dukes, downing “go-go juice” (a potent cocktail of Redbull, Mountain Dew, and sugar), and exclaiming her part endearing, part disturbing catch phrase “a dolla makes me holla, honey boo boo!” has earned Alana our undivided attention - a single YouTube video featuring Alana has 6,644,973 hits, 11,917 likes, and 27,765 dislikes.

Most viral of Alana’s YouTube antics is a video entitled “Worst Mom of the Year Toddlers And Tiaras star Alana” and a Google search for Alana Thompson spits back results that touch only briefly on the precocious little pageant queen before going on to slam her eccentric stage mom, June Thompson.  June’s questionable parenting has stolen the limelight from her daughter’s plump belly and sassy remarks.

It seems no mistake that in Alana’s spin off series “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” June Thompson has been officially coined “Momma” – a likely reference to the infamous original stage mom “Momma Rose” from classic American musical Gypsy.  Momma Rose’s real life counter part, Rose Thompson Hovick, was mother of burlesque icon Gypsy Rose Lee and became infamous for selling her daughters into stardom. In Gypsy, character Momma Rose affirms the legacy as a domineering matriarch who steals her daughters' innocence.

While our newest stagemom obsession, June Thompson, is no cold hearted Momma Rose, parallels can certainly be drawn. Little Alana's risque pageant getups and caffeine concoctions might make you a bit queasy.

"Here she is boys/ Here she is world/ Here's Rose"Momma Rose 

Come see original stagemom nightmare, "Momma Rose", in the FAC Theatre Company's production

Gypsy: A Musical Fable opening September 27th.

“... Mama Rose, arguably the greatest musical-female role in probably the most satisfying backstage musical of American theater’s golden age.” —Newsday
“From its pulse-racing overture to its knockout finale, ‘Gypsy’ is one of those great, glorious musicals that can be enjoyed repeatedly thanks to its tremendous score, and compelling showbiz story.” —The Star-Ledger.
September 27 - October 21, 2012

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