The rise and fall of Judy Garland’s stardom and personal life are something of a Hollywood legend these days. From the young woman who skipped down the yellow brick road, to the feisty middle-aged lady who sang her heart out for weeks on end in a London theatre, we’ve all heard the stories and whispers of the behind-the-scenes drama that wreaked havoc on the fatally insecure star.
For the first time in South Florida, you can now see the show that brings back to life the last few months of Judy Garland’s life. The show opens in December 1968, and Garland is set to make her triumphant comeback…again. Set in a London hotel room before her weeks-long run at the famed Talk of the Town nightclub, Judy is accompanied by her new fiancé, Mickey Deans, and her loyal pianist, Anthony.
Throughout the next few weeks of her shows in London, we are introduced to a woman who is simultaneously full of humor and bitterly foul-mouthed; full of talent and yet so desperate for love; and finally, a woman who is trying so hard to live her life, and yet (unbeknownst to her) is at the tragic end of it. In between the moments of tension and laughter created by the characters in the hotel room, we are treated to some of Garland’s most famous numbers such as, “The Man that Got Away”, “Come Rain or Come Shine”, “The Trolley Song”, and of course, her signature, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.
End of the Rainbow is a well-written and cast tragic-comedy that chronicles the life of a tiny woman with a big voice who just couldn’t quite claim control over her own life from those who took it long ago. David Arisco and the Actors’ Playhouse team have put together (once again) an incredible show with outstanding talent –Kathy St. George as Judy, Colin McPhillamy as Anthony, and Michael Laurino as Mickey Deans. I recommend this show for Garland groupies, musical lovers, and anyone who has ever watched a rainbow.
End of the Rainbow
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, Florida 33134
January 1- February 9, 2014
Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM
Weekday matinee on Wednesday, Jan. 22nd at 2PM
Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $47
Friday & Saturday evenings are $55
Special student rush (with valid ID) 15 minutes before curtain (except Saturday and Sunday)
Senior Discount of 10% on day of performance
To purchase tickets, call 305-444-9293 or visit, www.actorsplayhouse.org