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Tracie Bennett to star as Judy Garland on Broadway: End Of The Rainbow to transfer

April 19, 2011 

The acclaimed production of End of the Rainbow, currently playing at the Trafalgar Studios in London until 21May 2011, will transfer to Broadway.

Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow

Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow

The play by Peter Quilter will follow its London run with a UK tour before opening at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis on 18 January 2012. The show will then transfer to Broadway.

Tracie Bennett will star in the show, with her acclaimed performance as Judy Garland already creating a significant buzz in New York.

End of the Rainbow, which opened at the Trafalgar Studios in November last year, is directed by Terry Johnson and also stars Hilton McRae as Anthony, Stephen Hagan as Mickey Denes and Robin Browne as Radio Interviewer, Porter and Stage Manager.

The show enjoyed rave reviews from the critics when it opened in London. End of the Rainbow is set in London in 1968 and follows the drama of Garland’s final performances in London and her controversial life off stage.

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Photos: Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow

March 19, 2011 

Photos of End of the Rainbow at the Trafalgar Studios in London starring Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland.

The acclaimed production of End of the Rainbow is currently playing at the Trafalgar Studios in London until 21May 2011. Written by Peter Quilter, Tracie Bennett puts in a critically acclaimed and hugely powerful performance as Judy Garland in the play.

End of the Rainbow, which opened at the Trafalgar Studios in November last year, is directed by Terry Johnson and also stars Hilton McRae as Anthony, Stephen Hagan as Mickey Denes and Robin Browne as Radio Interviewer, Porter and Stage Manager.

Set in London in 1968, End of the Rainbow follows the drama of Garland’s final performances in London and her controversial life off stage.

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End of the Rainbow enjoys rave reviews

November 24, 2010 

A new play about the last months of screen and music legend Judy Garland has received rave reviews in the West End

Tracie Bennett in End of the Rainbow

Tracie Bennett in End of the Rainbow

Award-winning actress Tracie Bennett stars as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow, which has  transferred to London following a successful run at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton earlier this year.

The show opened at the Trafalgar Studios on Monday, directed by Terry Johnson, who directed Bennett in La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse Theatre and recently directed a new production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the Vaudeville.

Peter Quilter’s touching play is set in London in 1968 and features some of Garland’s most memorable songs including The Man That Got Away, Come Rain or Come Shine, The Trolley Song and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Tracie Bennett stars alongside Hilton McRae as Anthony, Garland’s devoted pianist and musical director and Stephen Hagan as soon-to-be husband number five Mickey Deanes.

Tracie Bennett gives a career-defining performance in the show, and is tipped to win a number of high profile awards with her sensitive and powerful portrayal of Garland, in a role that showcases her acting and singing ability with an uncanny physical and vocal resemblance to the star.

Charles Spencer in the Telegraph and Libby Purves in the Times awarded the show five stars, with Spencer saying that, “there are moments in the theatre when you lean forward in your seat with shivers racing down the spine, and realise there is nowhere on God’s earth you’d rather be. End of the Rainbow is one such occasion”. Henry Hitchings gave it four stars in the Evening Standard, praising Bennett’s performance as, “courageous — raw, emotional and astonishingly energetic. It’s much more than a skilful impersonation; it feels as if she has assimilated the essence of Garland’s personality”. Paul Vale in the stage hailed Terry Johnson’s direction as “practically flawless”.

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Tracie Bennett to star as Judy Garland

October 8, 2010 

Award-winning actress Tracie Bennett returns to the West End in a new musical about the final days of Judy Garland.

Tracie Bennett in End of the Rainbow

Tracie Bennett in End of the Rainbow

In another success for the Royal & Derngate in Northampton, the regional theatre’s sell-out production of End of the Rainbow is to transfer to the West End.

The show will open at the Trafalgar Studios in London on 22 November 2010, with previews from 16 November.

Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett stars as Judy Garland in the show, which combines humour and heartbreak to follow Garland’s final performances in London – and her last days alive.

The show is directed by Terry Johnson, who directed Bennett in La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse Theatre and recently directed a new production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the Vaudeville.

Peter Quilter’s touching play is set in London in 1968 and features some of Garland’s most memorable songs including The Man That Got Away, Come Rain or Come Shine, The Trolley Song and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Tracie Bennett stars alongside Hilton McRae as Anthony, Garland’s devoted pianist and musical director and Stephen Hagan as soon-to-be husband number five Mickey Deanes.

Tracie Bennett gives a career-defining performance in the show, and is tipped to win a number of high profile awards with her sensitive and powerful portrayal of Garland, in a role that showcases her acting and singing ability with an uncanny physical and vocal resemblance to the star.

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CAST CREDITS

Multi award-winning Tracie Bennett’s extensive theatre credits include Jacqueline in Terry Johnson’s production of La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse Theatre, and Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre for which she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Role in a Musical.  Her other theatre credits include Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre, Sex Chips and Rock n Roll for the Royal Exchange Manchester, High Society at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Guys and Dolls, Educating Rita and Spring Awakening all for Sheffield Crucible and a national tour of Billy Liar.  On television she is best known for her role as Sharon Gaskell in Coronation Street.  Her other television credits include Dalziel and Pascoe, Casualty, Vincent and The Royal.  On film she played Millandra in Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine.

Hilton McRae has most recently been seen Channel 4’s feature length television drama playing the title role in The Execution of Gary Glitter.  In the theatre his credits include The Kreutzer Sonata for the Gate Theatre, Dublin, Experimentum Mundi at the Edinburgh International Festival, Rock ‘n’ Roll for Manchester Library Theatre, The Wizard of Oz at the Royal Festival Hall, Weapons of Happiness for the Finborough Theatre and Caroline, Or Change for the National Theatre.  He played Claudius in Rupert Goold’s production Hamlet at the Royal Theatre Northampton.  McRae has worked extensively for the Royal Shakespeare Company in productions including Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Troilus and Cressida and As You Like It.  His other television his credits include Doctors, Silent Witness and Monarch of the Glen for the BBC and Lewis, Frances Tuesday and Midsommer Murders for ITV.  His film credits include The Power of Three, Red Riding Trilogy, Mansfield Park, Secret Rapture and The French Lieutenant’s Woman.

Stephen Hagan’s theatre credits include The York Realist at Riverside Studios, Cyrano De Bergerac at the Chichester Festival Theatre, The Real Thing for Salisbury Playhouse, The Giant for Hampstead Theatre and Troilus and Cressida for the Royal Shakespeare Company.  On television his credits include Ryan in the BBC series The Cut, as well as Best: His Mother’s Son , Clapham Junction and Mistresses.  On film he has been seen in Against The Dark.

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