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I won tickets to see End of the Rainbow

The Judy Garland drama with music.

I have a choice of dates -- when does it open? When should I go?

Any early buzz?

by Anonymousreply 12203/26/2013

If you have a choice of dates, why not ask the one you choose when he'd like to go.

by Anonymousreply 103/20/2012


by Anonymousreply 203/20/2012

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?

by Anonymousreply 303/20/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 403/20/2012


Isn't it odd to rework something when it's already done a run in London ?

by Anonymousreply 503/20/2012

[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."

by Anonymousreply 603/20/2012

R6 buys every Garland tchotchke produced as soon as it hits the market.

by Anonymousreply 703/20/2012

When is opening night? Will it run? Should I get tickets for sooner rather than later?

by Anonymousreply 803/20/2012


by Anonymousreply 903/20/2012

Go a few days before opening night (April 2nd). That way you are seeing a press preview.

by Anonymousreply 1003/20/2012

Rock-a-bye your "MARY!", with a DataLounge melody!

by Anonymousreply 1103/20/2012

Who is playing Judy Garland?

by Anonymousreply 1203/20/2012

Judy dies in the end.

by Anonymousreply 1303/20/2012

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

by Anonymousreply 1403/20/2012

The posters on Talkin' Broadway seem to like it.

by Anonymousreply 1503/21/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 1603/21/2012

Is a female illusionist cast as Judy? Are there original songs?

by Anonymousreply 1703/21/2012

I'm seeing it on Thursday the 29th and will report back.

by Anonymousreply 1803/21/2012

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!

by Anonymousreply 1903/21/2012

I won them on the radio.

by Anonymousreply 2003/21/2012

Is Liza in it?

by Anonymousreply 2103/21/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 2203/21/2012

Pelphrey plays Judy's final husband Mark Herron, although they're not married yet in the play.

by Anonymousreply 2303/21/2012

[quote]I read that the death scene was reworked

Why didn't you warn us with: "Spoiler Ahead"

by Anonymousreply 2403/21/2012

On the website... the actress playing Judy looks like Mommie Dearest

by Anonymousreply 2503/21/2012

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>

by Anonymousreply 2603/21/2012

Wha.... Mama died??!

by Anonymousreply 2703/21/2012

OP, here is a TV interview and number from a UK variety show last year.

by Anonymousreply 2803/21/2012

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!

by Anonymousreply 2903/21/2012

"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.

by Anonymousreply 3003/21/2012

Who plays Mickey Rooney?

by Anonymousreply 3103/21/2012

Gee, R30, just add the adult diaper commercials and you have The June Allyson Story.

by Anonymousreply 3203/21/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 3303/21/2012

Here are some twitter comments

by Anonymousreply 3403/21/2012

No Mickey in this, R31. Only Judes, the piano player, a reporter (I think) and Mark Herron.

by Anonymousreply 3503/22/2012

R35 again, my mistake no Mark Herron in the play. Only Mickey Deems.

by Anonymousreply 3603/22/2012

the website

by Anonymousreply 3703/22/2012

Run, Toto RUN!

by Anonymousreply 3803/22/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 3903/24/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 4003/24/2012


What about Tom Pelphrey's performance ?

by Anonymousreply 4103/24/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 4203/24/2012

I'm saving all my love for the Anne Hathaway biopic.

by Anonymousreply 4303/24/2012

We were friends with Mark Herron from 1985 to 1995. Mark told us a lot of informatia.

by Anonymousreply 4403/24/2012

Judy dies on the TOILET in the end!

by Anonymousreply 4503/24/2012

In London there was never a mention of Lorna, Liza and Joey. I gather they weren't allowed to mention them. Is this still true on Broadway?

by Anonymousreply 4603/24/2012

I'd much rather see a play about Carol and Liza vying for a spot on Larry King.

by Anonymousreply 4703/24/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 4803/24/2012

I'm going April 10.

by Anonymousreply 4903/29/2012

I'm going on April 10th, too.

by Anonymousreply 5003/29/2012

Let's meet in the mens room at intermission.

by Anonymousreply 5103/29/2012

I believe the Anne Hathaway bio pic is DOA.

by Anonymousreply 5203/29/2012

Wear your DL Tiaras kids!

by Anonymousreply 5303/29/2012

Can I watch, R50 and R51?

by Anonymousreply 5403/29/2012

No steam room trolls!

by Anonymousreply 5503/29/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 5603/29/2012

Have the reviews come in yet ?

by Anonymousreply 5703/29/2012

Opens April 2, I think.

by Anonymousreply 5803/29/2012


by Anonymousreply 5903/31/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 6004/03/2012

EW gave it a rave review

by Anonymousreply 6104/03/2012

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!!!!

by Anonymousreply 6204/03/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 6304/03/2012

[quote]there's the lone spotlight on a toilet, but the dialogue is all offstage

LOL! Camp truly is unintentional!

by Anonymousreply 6404/03/2012

Pretty sure that's not true!

by Anonymousreply 6504/03/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 6604/28/2012

Could they have found a more unoriginal title?

by Anonymousreply 6704/28/2012

Maybe unoriginal, yet for theatrical purposes an easily identifiable marquee.

by Anonymousreply 6804/29/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 6904/29/2012

I'm going to see it next week. Can't wait!

by Anonymousreply 7006/12/2012

I am seeing it tonight! Jealous, bitches?

by Anonymousreply 7106/12/2012

Yes, it was fabulous, enjoy...bitch!

by Anonymousreply 7206/12/2012

Bennett is horrible in the play. She looks and sounds nothing like Garland.

by Anonymousreply 7306/12/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 7406/12/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 7506/12/2012

Is Joey Luft in the plah?

by Anonymousreply 7606/12/2012

Her performance on the Tonys was a screeching mess. I can't see two hours of that shit.

by Anonymousreply 7706/12/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 7806/12/2012

I have to agree about Bennett. Isobel Keating (Boy from Oz) made a much more convincing Garland. Bennett sounds like Katharine Hepburn.

by Anonymousreply 7906/12/2012

Nina Arinda won for Venus in Fur and yes the show is closing Sunday. End of the Rainbow will be closing shortly.

by Anonymousreply 8006/12/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 8106/12/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 8206/12/2012

Quit trying to push that awful Tracie Bennett on the rest of us. She is horrible.

by Anonymousreply 8306/12/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 8406/12/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 8506/12/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 8606/12/2012

See "I Could go on Singing" and then tell me Bennett didn't nail it.

by Anonymousreply 8706/12/2012

I can't wait for it to go regional. Would a highschool production be appropriate?

by Anonymousreply 8806/12/2012

r79 nails it. I just came from seeing it tonight and Bennett sounds much more like Katharine Hepburn than Judy Garland. Very odd diction.

by Anonymousreply 8906/12/2012

[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.

by Anonymousreply 9006/13/2012

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

by Anonymousreply 9106/13/2012

She fell asleep on stage during a concert. Might have been in St. Louis at the Kiel Opera House. 1968.

by Anonymousreply 9206/13/2012

Sorry- Trolley.

by Anonymousreply 9306/13/2012

[quote]she truly suspends disbelief.

No--YOU suspend disbelief when you watch her.

Good christ, please tell me you know the difference.

by Anonymousreply 9406/13/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 9506/13/2012

She was great, the show, not so much.

by Anonymousreply 9606/13/2012

OP: I condole you.

by Anonymousreply 9706/13/2012

R84 - is Tom Pelphrey just as hot and sweet in person as I've always imagined him to be?

Also, any verificata of sizemeat?

by Anonymousreply 9806/13/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 9906/13/2012

My consolations.

by Anonymousreply 10006/13/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 10106/13/2012

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!!!

by Anonymousreply 10206/21/2012

Saw it Wednesday. Thought it was great.

by Anonymousreply 10306/21/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 10406/21/2012

Prepare to see a lot of "pearl clutching"! The queens next to me were gasping.

by Anonymousreply 10506/21/2012

God forbid theater should move someone.

by Anonymousreply 10606/21/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 10706/21/2012

r105=never saw the show, lies, lives in basement. Facts.

by Anonymousreply 10806/21/2012

Are you going in JG drag?

You really should.

by Anonymousreply 10906/21/2012

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+.

by Anonymousreply 11006/21/2012

"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.

by Anonymousreply 11106/22/2012

Was it good?

by Anonymousreply 11206/22/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 11306/22/2012

Hasn't End of the Rainbow posted a closing date.

by Anonymousreply 11406/22/2012

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 "That it took place on what would have been Judy Garland's 90th birthday is particularly poignant and fitting."

by Anonymousreply 11506/22/2012

I was molested, you know.

by Anonymousreply 11606/22/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 11706/22/2012

Is her Tony-award show performance on YouTube?

by Anonymousreply 11806/27/2012

My partner and I loved her performance on Broadway. She was amazing.

by Anonymousreply 11906/27/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 12006/27/2012

[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."

by Anonymousreply 12108/01/2012

It's in L.A. now.

I still don't want to see it. Her impersonation is just wrong to me.

by Anonymousreply 12203/26/2013
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