Mon 17 – Sat 22 Oct at Birmingham Hippodrome
Thursday 20th October
Judy Garland – Tracie Bennett
Mickey Deans – Norman Bowman
Anthony – Hilton McRae
‘*****A STAR IS BORN. One of the greatest musical theatre performances I have ever witnessed. Bennett is dazzling and unforgettable and her performance will be talked about for years to come.’ Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph
Olivier award-winning Tracie Bennett has taken the West End by storm as Judy Garland in Peter Quilter’s new play End Of The Rainbow.
London, December 1968, and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback… again.
Determined to reclaim her crown as the greatest talent of her generation, she battles with a tornado of drugs and alcohol and a gruelling schedule of exhausting concerts at The Talk Of The Town.
Despite a series of failed marriages, Judy has her latest and youngest husband-to-be by her side, a man as determined as she that, at any cost, these concerts will mark the revival of her battered career.
Tracie Bennett’s remarkable portrayal of this tough, talented, compelling woman has been rewarded with standing ovations.
This extraordinary production – thrilling, hilarious, moving and tragic – is directed by Tony and Olivier-award winner Terry Johnson and features a six piece onstage band and includes Garland’s most memorable songs –The Man That Got Away, Come Rain Or Come Shine, The Trolley Song and -of course – Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
‘YOU MUST SEE IT’ Observer
‘TRACIE BENNETT IS STUNNING… A STAR PLAYING A STAR’ Independent
Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Daily Express, Sunday Express, Whatsonstage
Review by Alison Norton, Express and Star:
….. “A well deserved standing ovation from the whole theatre concluded an evening of outstanding entertainment, which must surely be a guaranteed Broadway success as it heads for the States in March next year.”
Reviews by Roger Clarke, and Paul Marston, BehindTheArras:
“Brilliant Bennett is breathtaking…
…TRACIE Bennett is just magnificent. She is Judy Garland. She captures everything from the voice, honed, sanded and coloured by years of cigarettes and alcohol, to the strange, jerky, gestures and mannerisms that Garland produced on stage.
It is a portrayal which reminds you why you do this job. Every so often a production comes along which raises the hairs on the back of your neck, which shows just what the theatre can create and in End of the Rainbow affords the privilege of seeing an actress with a performance she will surely never better even if she has a dozen lifetimes. […]
[…] The instant, universal standing ovation said it all. She is just unforgettable with a performance that will be talked about for years to come.”