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Judy Garland's story comes to Broadway

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Tracie Bennett Rainbow
Robert Day

End of the Rainbow, the Peter Quilter play about Judy Garland’s final months that received four Olivier Award nominations in London, is scheduled to hit Broadway in Spring 2012. Following a tune-up run at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theatre that begins Jan. 28, previews for the New York production, directed by Terry Johnson, will begin March 19, with opening night to follow on April 3. Two-time Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett will reprise her role as Garland.

End of the Rainbow is set in December 1968, as Judy Garland, who died in June 1969, is about to make another comeback. As EW wrote in 1994, remembering the 25th anniversary of her passing: “An engagement at London’s Talk of the Town in early 1969 tragically confirmed her decline. When a disoriented Judy struggled through her signature song, ‘Over the Rainbow,’ the audience pelted her with bread sticks and cigarette butts. Garland sought solace that year in a fifth marriage to nightclub owner Mickey Deans, who was arranging a small European tour for her at the time of her death.”

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