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Roseanne Sings in Key

5 Jan, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Roseanne is singing a different tune, and this time it's just for kids.

As a former top-rated TV sitcom mom, comedienne Roseanne Barr made a career staying one step ahead of her mischievous teenagers, among others. In real life, as a mom and grandmom to seven children (ages 10 to 34), the 53-year-old Barr knows a thing or two about parenting.

All of that threatened to be overshadowed, however, by an incident July 25, 1990, at a San Diego Padres baseball game when Barr became a public enemy of sorts after giving a foul-mouthed, crotch-grabbing performance of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

The gaffe nearly cost Roseanne her TV show, friendships, product endorsements and sidebar children's projects Barr said she had been working on for a while.

“It was an unfavorable singing accident, as I like to call it,” Barr said. “They thought I was disrespecting America. It was really scary. The media can focus a lot of crazy people at you. There was a lot written about it and me. Oh, it was just horrifying.”

Few could have imagined the impact not being able to sing in public would have on Barr. For a long time, she wouldn't sing, keeping it out of her periodic standup routines.

Until now.

On Feb. 7 (prebook Jan. 10), Anchor Bay Entertainment, a unit of IDT Entertainment, will release Rockin' With Roseanne: Calling All Kids! ($14.98).

The 40-minute direct-to-DVD musical comedy features 11 kids' songs (plus a bonus Bob Marley classic “Three Little Birds Don't Worry 'Bout a Thing”). Nine of the songs are original and feature Barr singing and dancing to rock, reggae, country Western, boogie-woogie and blues, among other themes.

“It was like a natural progression wanting to entertain kids,” Barr said. “I like to make them laugh because they are such a great audience.”

She said it is important that kids (and adults) realize they don't have to have a singer's voice to sing.

“You don't have to look like Mariah Carey, have big boobs and be skinny or young,” Barr said. “Hell, you can just go and sing whatever you want.”

Barr, who said she doesn't miss the national spotlight, shot the video over two years in her own studio (“I wasn't in a hurry to make it,” she said), with her kids, their friends and neighbors.

“I'd leave my house in my pajamas and drive for five minutes and go to work,” Barr said. “Even though I'm famous and stuff, my life is still about lunch and diapers. And it probably always will be. It's a pretty awesome life, actually.”

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