Rufus Wainwright to restage Judy Garland's famous Carnegie Hall concert again
Ten years after Rufus Wainwright took over New York City’s Carnegie Hall to restage Judy Garland’s famous April 23, 1961 concert at the same venue, he’ll do it all over again — twice. EW is excited to announce that Wainwright will return to the fabled stage to perform Garland’s live, double-album in full on June 16 and 17 to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of his last visit.
“A lot has happened in 10 years on all fronts and musically this show will reflect that,”Wainwright tells EW of revisiting the material. “This brilliant material was constructed to widen and deepen with age and I’m looking forward to the experience of singing these songs again, myself being more experienced. Can’t wait to slip back into those ruby slippers, though in this day and age of comfort and commercialism I suppose they should be ruby sneakers!”
As Garland’s visit to the venue became Judy at Carnegie Hall, Wainwright’s first go-around was recorded and released as his sixth LP, Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall . The album scored a nod for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2009 Grammy Awards. (Garland’s effort was a de facto comeback-album for the icon, spent 95 weeks on the Billboard Top 200, and earned five Grammys, including Album of the Year.)
In 2006, Wainwright toured Judy in London, Paris, and Los Angeles. This summer he’ll head to Toronto, performing during Luminato Festival on June 23 and 24.
American Express Card Members can purchase tickets for the New York dates beginning Wednesday, March 9 at 11 a.m. EST. A Live Nation pre-sale begins on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. EST. (A code “RUFUS” can be used at Live Nation.) General tickets will go on sale Monday, March 14 at 11 a.m. EST.
Wainwright is also prepping the release of a new album; Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets is due out April 22. The classical set, which features Florence Welch, his sister Martha Wainwright, Helena Bonham Carter, William Shatner, and more, celebrates another anniversary important to the singer — the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. “Recording this album has been a marriage made in heaven,” the singer said in a release announcing the collection. “It combines my love of classical music with my love of pop music. It’s literally historically fun.”