Gone but not forgotten, the genius of showbiz legend and singing diva Judy Garland lives on in the original Broadway production of End of the Rainbow.
Based on the one and only Judy Garland, End of the Rainbow is set in London, 1968, as Garland prepares for yet another comeback. The play delves into her life and work to portray an amazing talent that fought to stay relavent in a fickle industry and changing world.
The critically acclaimed Broadway production of End of the Rainbow was written by Peter Quilter and directed by Terry Johnson, who won a 2010 Best Director Tony for his work on the Tony-winning Best Revival of Jerry Herman's La Cage aux Folles.
The original Broadway production of End of the Rainbow began performances on Monday, March 19, 2012, earning rave reviews when the show officially opened on Monday, April 2, 2012. The show had played 176 regular performances at the Belasco Theatre when it closed August 19, 2012.
The creative team of End of the Rainbow includes William Dudley doing both Scenic and Costume Design, Christopher Akerlind on Lighting Design, Gareth Owen on Sound Design. For the music, Chris Egan wrote the Orchestrations, Gareth Valentine provided Musical Arrangements, and Jeffrey Saver was the Music Director.
Starring in the lead role, Tracie Bennett was an instant smash success in her Broadway debut performance. For playing Judy Garland toward the "end of the rainbow" of her career, Bennett earned the 2012 Drama Desk Award, 2012 Outer Critics Circle Award, and 2012 Theater World Awards, as well as a 2012 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play. The cast also included 2012 Tony Award nominee Michael Cumpsty, Tom Pelphrey, and Jay Russell.
The End of the Rainbow production will play Los Angeles Music Center from March 12, 2012, through April 21, 2013, as part of Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre’s 2012/2013 Season.
A Broadway National Tour is being planned for 2013, and a film adaptation of the play is currently in the works.
End of the Rainbow was produced on Broadway by Lee Dean, Laurence Myers, Joey Parnes, Ellis Goodman, Chase Mishkin, Shadowcatcher Entertainment/Alhadeff Productions, National Angels U.S. Inc., Charles Diamond/Jenny Topper, Myla Lerner/Barbara & Buddy Freitag, Spring Sirkin/Candy Gold, Hilary Williams, and S.D. Wagner, John Johnson, in association with Guthrie Theater.