The Judy Garland drama with music.
I have a choice of dates -- when does it open? When should I go?
Any early buzz?
If you have a choice of dates, why not ask the one you choose when he'd like to go.
I read that the death scene was reworked following angry audience reactions in previews and will occur instead with off stage voiceovers on an empty set. What was so objectionable?
Why would you want to see that? You already know how it ends. It's not as if the real Garland is going to pop out of the wings and sing for you.
Isn't it odd to rework something when it's already done a run in London ?
[quote]Why would you want to see that? You already know how it ends.
What a stupid, stupid comment.
You've yourself seen a zillion productions where you "know how it ends."
R6 buys every Garland tchotchke produced as soon as it hits the market.
When is opening night? Will it run? Should I get tickets for sooner rather than later?
Go a few days before opening night (April 2nd). That way you are seeing a press preview.
Rock-a-bye your "MARY!", with a DataLounge melody!
Who is playing Judy Garland?
Judy dies in the end.
I want info on how Tom Pelphrey does in the show.
When he was on Guiding Light I thought he was hot as hell in a rough trade kind of way
The posters on Talkin' Broadway seem to like it.
Are you sure you WON tickets, OP? I mean you did enter a contest, didn't you?
The fashion police have been known to operate stings in which they give out "free tickets" to Judy Garland shows to gay men who end up being arrested for crimes against fashion when they go to redeem them.
Is a female illusionist cast as Judy? Are there original songs?
I'm seeing it on Thursday the 29th and will report back.
Mrs. Violet Venable
What is amazing is that people would actually pay money to see this dreck.
It bears no resemblance whatsoever to Judy Garland.
If that crap sells then we should write a show starring ourself as the fabulous Miss Peggy Lee - it will be a smash!
I won them on the radio.
Is Liza in it?
Who is Tom Pelphrey playing in this show? And how have so many of you queens heard of it? Granted, I don't follow anything Garland.
Pelphrey plays Judy's final husband Mark Herron, although they're not married yet in the play.
[quote]I read that the death scene was reworked
Why didn't you warn us with: "Spoiler Ahead"
On the website... the actress playing Judy looks like Mommie Dearest
R14- Tom is one nice guy and hot as hell.
And he is giving a first rate performance in this.
No, I am not the OP>
Wha.... Mama died??!
OP, here is a TV interview and number from a UK variety show last year.
I was looking forward to this, but checked out the YouTube clip of Tracie Bennett, the star, singing "Man That Got Away". Horrible. Way too much forced vibrato from the chest on every note and way too Broadway-style. Played it for my elderly aunt who actually attended the famed Carnegie Hall concert. Her reaction was , I quote "Just awful! THIS is the best they could get!?" She made me stop it a minute in. Sorry I can't post the actual links, I'm on my phone and don't know how but check them out!
"I read that the death scene was reworked"
OK, let me guess. She doesn't die. She renounces Mickey Finn, spurns Mickey Rooney, dumps Mickey Deans and marries Mickey Dolenz. She is accused of being the Yoko of the Monkees. Mickey and Judy high tail it and become entertainers on a cruise ship, and then retire to a guard gated country club for active adults 55 and older.
Who plays Mickey Rooney?
Gee, R30, just add the adult diaper commercials and you have The June Allyson Story.
Lance Bass was set to play Mickey Rooney until he started getting death threats. Nick Jonas is taking over the role for eight weeks, to be followed by Daniel Radcliffe.
Just saw it last night.
What an astonishing performance!
She becomes Judy in body, soul & VOICE!
I cannot stop thinking about this woman.A real star is born.
We see it Thursday press night.
Eddy and I remember meeting ms. Garland on the lot. She is a tremendous force. She laugh about a joke we told her about me when I was photographing the troops in WW2.
Eddy and I toast to her in celebration on her birthday.
What about Tom Pelphrey's performance ?
There's no need to look any farther for the definitive "Judy Garland" performance than Judy Davis in Me And My Shadows. Even Meryl Streep called it the finest performance she had ever seen. What this British woman is doing onstage nightly on Broadway is insulting and egregious. And the little troll looks and sounds nothing like Garland btw. This will open and close overnight.
I'm saving all my love for the Anne Hathaway biopic.
They need to send the British Judy back to Coronation Street and bring on Kim Zimmer for the role. It shouldn't be too much of a... stretch.
I'm going April 10.
I'm going on April 10th, too.
Let's meet in the mens room at intermission.
I believe the Anne Hathaway bio pic is DOA.
Wear your DL Tiaras kids!
Can I watch, R50 and R51?
No steam room trolls!
it was reworked so that there's the lone spotlight on a toilet, but the dialogue is all offstage now, r54. Then the curtain falls. The window is open, curtains blowing and there are pills on the floor.
Have the reviews come in yet ?
Opens April 2, I think.
It opened last night. Opening of Ben Brantley's NY Times rave review:
As befits a play about Judy Garland, a woman known for liberally mixing her pills, Peter Quilter’s “End of the Rainbow” is a jolting upper and downer at the same time. 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.
In other words, you feel utterly alive, with all the contradictions that implies. That’s what comes from witnessing acting that is this unconditionally committed, not to mention this sensational — in every sense of the word.
Saw it the last weekend in London last year (smallish theatre - we were 7th row center- it was like being onstage at times). AMAZING! Her performance both physically and vocally is outstanding. Easily one of the best performances I have seen - and I am ageing queen who has seen lots on Broadway and the West End. If you can get a ticket - GO!!!!
I saw it last week in previews. It's very good, very engaging... good story, and TB gives a fantastic performance.
If you love (or even like) Judy, you'll enjoy it.
[quote]there's the lone spotlight on a toilet, but the dialogue is all offstage
LOL! Camp truly is unintentional!
Pretty sure that's not true!
Trace Bennett is incredible! I saw it this past Wednesday. Brilliant performance! The entire cast was fantastic, especially the pianist, Michael Cumpsty.
I sat three seats from Joan Rivers, and two rows from Martin Short, Paul Shaffer and Andrea Martin. I think I saw Graber and Isabella Rossellini too.
Could they have found a more unoriginal title?
Maybe unoriginal, yet for theatrical purposes an easily identifiable marquee.
I saw it in London and the production and performances were incredible. Ignore the snark here, you'll have a great time whenever you go.
I'm going to see it next week. Can't wait!
I am seeing it tonight! Jealous, bitches?
Yes, it was fabulous, enjoy...bitch!
Bennett is horrible in the play. She looks and sounds nothing like Garland.
What a piece of crap this show is. Tracie Bennett is a cartoon. Her vibrato sounds like a police siren. Only the faggiest of fans could possibly enjoy this. For those of you who weren't born when Judy was still with us, thank god you can see what she was really like on YouTube. What a pity the clueless Ms. Bennett didn't check it out. She might have mercifully declined the role.
I disagree, T B is marvelous in this. This is a brilliant performance and a very poignant recollection of a very low period of Garland's life.
Is Joey Luft in the plah?
Her performance on the Tonys was a screeching mess. I can't see two hours of that shit.
She's wonderful and deserved the Tony. Touching and heartbreaking.
I can't remember the woman who won, but apparently the play she was in is already closing. RAINBOW is still going and was also a smash hit on the West End.
I have to agree about Bennett. Isobel Keating (Boy from Oz) made a much more convincing Garland. Bennett sounds like Katharine Hepburn.
Nina Arinda won for Venus in Fur and yes the show is closing Sunday. End of the Rainbow will be closing shortly.
Elena I am EVA!!!! Roger
That fractured performance on the Tony wasn't anything like End of the Rainbow. So, don't jump to conclusions. Bennett morphs JG on stage, she captures the essence of JG.
R81 is right.
My partner and I saw it, and while the play is far from perfect, she truly suspends disbelief.
She IS Judy, especially in the "onstage" moments.
Quit trying to push that awful Tracie Bennett on the rest of us. She is horrible.
Have a bootleg--- still disappointed in her performance. However, I know Tom who plays Mickey and I have heard nothing but nice comments about Tracie as a person. They love her at the Belasco both back and front of house staff.
Look for a closing notice any day now.
It wasn't doing great business and now anyone who might have been considering buying tickets has been scared off by those few uninviting moments on the Tonys.
It can't close soon enough; I just hope Equity never lets her over here again. The sooner I can forget about this awful woman and her terrible performance, the better.
See "I Could go on Singing" and then tell me Bennett didn't nail it.
I can't wait for it to go regional. Would a highschool production be appropriate?
r79 nails it. I just came from seeing it tonight and Bennett sounds much more like Katharine Hepburn than Judy Garland. Very odd diction.
[R89] Look at the interviews Judy gave between 1965-1969. She was barely coherent in her speech. The booze and dope had finally destroyed much of her ability to speak clearly. Katherine Hepburn isn't far off.
I did read on ATC that she flubbed the lyrics when she was at Talk of the Town and that Bennett's rendition of "The Trolly Song" was pretty accurate. This is according to someone who said he saw her in that last engagement in London
She fell asleep on stage during a concert. Might have been in St. Louis at the Kiel Opera House. 1968.
J.'More bounce to the ounce and more pep with a pill' Garland
[quote]she truly suspends disbelief.
No--YOU suspend disbelief when you watch her.
Good christ, please tell me you know the difference.
Trace Bennett is fantastic as Judy Garland. I saw the show. I saw JG back in the day, and TB obviously did some serious homework. Anybody who thinks otherwise, that has actually seen the show....stick with your insipid Disney productions and take your venom somewhere else.
She was great, the show, not so much.
OP: I condole you.
R84 - is Tom Pelphrey just as hot and sweet in person as I've always imagined him to be?
Also, any verificata of sizemeat?
LOL R98- don't know about his size. But, yes a very sweet man. He is represented by a friend of mine. I don't understand why he got such negative reviews. I thought he did a fine job with a pretty unlikable character.
Try to wear Polyester or even plastic when you go, because you'll have to deal with the creepy Judy fans. They have lived in denial all their lives and when they see the "real" Judy onstage their heads explode. Gets kinda messy.
Just saw it on Tuesday this week. Attendance definitely down. They closed the balcony and brought whoever was up there down to the Mezzanine. Kind of pissed off since we paid a lot for front of the Mezz. But Tracie Bennett was incredible! The understudy went on as Mickey Deans (no announcement ahead of time, which was odd) and he was fine. The performance scenes are amazing. She definitely did her homework. The accent was a bit distracting, but that's how she sounded toward the end. Can't believe TB does this show 8 times a week!!!
Saw it Wednesday. Thought it was great.
Seeing it tonite...looking forward to it. The friend I am going with is more of a "Judy" queen than I am, so I will defer to his judgement on Tracie Bennett's ability to capture Judy's spirit.
Prepare to see a lot of "pearl clutching"! The queens next to me were gasping.
God forbid theater should move someone.
How do people who have seen the play explain how awful Bennett was on the Tony Award? She sang two songs associated with Judy Garland, but otherwise did not evoke Garland at all.
r105=never saw the show, lies, lives in basement. Facts.
Are you going in JG drag?
You really should.
OK. My friend and I saw it tonite and thought the same thing. Was Judy this "manic" in real life? I man she was crawling on the goddamn stage floor for chrissakes. Some good numbers, and I thought the man who played her pianist was the best thing in it. Overall, I give it a C+.
"See "I Could go on Singing" and then tell me Bennett didn't nail it."
Judy was NEVER flat-footed, and always had superb rhythm.
Even at the end, when her pitch was off, it was better than this poor untalented Bennett creature.
Was it good?
Screw you, [R108]. I did see the show, and also saw the "pearl clutching"! And I think you're the one living in Mommy's basement.
Hasn't End of the Rainbow posted a closing date.
End Of The Rainbow, Peter Quilter's play that imagines a behind-the-scenes look at the final months in Judy Garland's life, has extended its Broadway run through Jan. 6, 2013.
Tracie Bennett stars as a tempestuous and triumphant Judy Garland in the music-filled production that began Broadway previews March 19 and opened to strong reviews April 2 at the Belasco Theatre. Bennett earned Olivier and Tony nominations for her dynamic performance.
"Tracie Bennett's balls-to-the-wall performance on the Tony Awards telecast has ignited the box office," a representative for the production told Playbill.com. "That it took place on what would have been Judy Garland's 90th birthday is particularly poignant and fitting."
Are there people who bought tickets to the play based on Tracie Bennett's performance a few Sunday nights ago?
I am very surprised because Bennett was awful on the Tony Awards.
Is her Tony-award show performance on YouTube?
My partner and I loved her performance on Broadway. She was amazing.
People are buying tickets based on word of mouth. DUH! I saw it in previews and now eight of my friends have seen it and we all thought Tracie Bennett was amazing.
[bold]End of the Rainbow Will End Aug. 19; But There's More Judy Beyond[/bold]
Broadway's End Of The Rainbow, Peter Quilter's play with music about the final days of Judy Garland, starring the hailed-as-incandescent 2012 Tony Award nominee Tracie Bennett as the broken songbird, will close Aug. 19 at the Belasco Theatre. The producers had hoped the run would last to Jan. 6, 2013.
As previously reported, the production (first seen in London) will play the West Coast March 12-April 21, 2013, at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. A post-L.A. tour is in the works, and a film adaptation starring Bennett is being developed.
Tony Award winner Terry Johnson (La Cage aux Folles) directed the searing biographical work. Producers announced the premature closing July 31.
The production began performances on March 19. It opened to solid reviews — blazing for Bennett — April 2. By close, it will have played a total of 176 performances on Broadway.
Bennett's tireless turn earned her the 2012 Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theater World Awards, as well as a 2012 Tony Award nomination as Best Actress in a Play. She leads a cast that features 2012 Tony Award nominee Michael Cumpsty, Tom Pelphrey and Jay Russell. Gareth Owen was Tony-nommed for his sound design, too.
Music director Jeff Saver leads a six-piece on-stage band, backing Bennett throughout the evening with arrangements faithful to Garland's originals. Bennett delivers such Garland signatures as "The Man That Got Away," "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "The Trolley Song" during the performance. The production received its U.S. debut at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis prior to Broadway.
The album "Tracie Bennett Sings Judy: Songs from End of the Rainbow and Other Garland Classics" is now available on Masterworks Broadway.
Bennett previously worked with Johnson in the London revival of La Cage aux Folles. She earned Olivier Awards for her performances as Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray and as Ilona Ritter She Loves Me. Her stage credits also include Les Miserables and Cash On Delivery. Numerous screen appearances include "Vincent," "The Long Firm," "Heroes and Villains," "Next of Kin," "Coronation Street," "Going Out," "Shirley Valentine," "Knights and Emeralds" and "Deep Red Instant Love."