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What Is the Story of End of the Rainbow?
Judy Garland returns to London in 1968 to prepare for a comeback concert at the Talk of the Town nightclub. Accompanied by her new, young fiancé Mickey Deans and her loyal pianist, Anthony, Garland is struggling to stay sober and afraid to perform without drugs and alcohol. As the stress builds and her demons reappear, Garland must decide for herself the best way to get through the ordeal.
After watching Tracie Bennett’s electrifying interpretation of Garland in the intense production that opened on Monday night at the Belasco Theater, you feel exhilarated and exhausted, equally ready to dance down the street and crawl under a rock. Ms. Bennett is giving one of the most complete portraits of an artist I’ve ever seen. Ms. Bennett locates, both physically and emotionally, that perilous, bipolar energy that so often animates great performers. Touch this woman at your own risk. She burns.Review by Ben Brantley from The New York Times
Somewhere over the rainbow, Judy Garland never spotted her pot of gold. But a British actress named Tracie Bennett found hers - in the person of Judy. She is sensational in the erratic Broadway show End of the Rainbow, about Garland's last attempt at a comeback, which opened Monday night.Review by Howard Shapiro from Philadelphia Inquirer
What Is End of the Rainbow Like?
End of the Rainbow is a two-act play that includes performances of famous Garland tunes. The show features a four-person cast led by the brilliant Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland and offers audiences an insight into the iconic superstar's life behind the scenes as well as to the performer onstage. Songs include “The Man That Got Away,” “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Is End of the Rainbow Good for Kids?
No. Despite a few Wizard of Oz references, this play deals with Judy Garland’s drug and alcohol addiction later in life. The play also contains adult language and sexual humor.