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Rosie's last name 
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Yep, I don't know.. I'm just telling you what I saw in print.. don't really have an answer to why.


Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:31 am
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Oh, so maybe I'm wrong. I just always thought the song was about Mae thinking Rose was Spanish because of her last name, when she wasn't really Spanish at all. But I could be wrong. I've never really gotten the point of the song at all (apart from being a catchy Spanish song).

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Rose is of spanish decent but she is a born american.

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Post Re: Rosie's last name
This is VERY late, but....
My understanding is that the character's name was originally Rosie Grant, but when Eydie Gourmay (spelling) turned down the role and Chita Rivera was cast it was changed to Rose Alvarez. The real objection Mae had to Albert marrying her becamestrictly racist. It was 1960, Albert was a white Jewish man and Rosie was Puerto Rican, that made it a SERIOUS mixed relationship. Then when the movie was made in 1963 it was decided that the American public outside of Broadway would not accept a romance between a white man and a latina. Therefore, "Spanish Rose" Alvarez became Italian/American Rose DeLeon and Mae's blatent racist remark about her were cut.
Interestingly in modern versions of the stage play, the most recist remarks are usually cut.


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