END OF THE RAINBOW Opens Tonight at the Belasco
The Broadway production of END OF THE RAINBOW will open tonight, April 2, at the Belasco Theatre. Michael Cumpsty, Tom Pelphrey and Jay Russell join two-time Oliver Award-winner Tracie Bennett in Peter Quilter's acclaimed play about the legendary Judy Garland, directed by the Tony Award winning Terry Johnson.
The landmark 1954 world premiere of A Star Is Born will be recreated on 44th Street as the Belasco Theatre transforms into Hollywood’s famed Pantages for one night only. Throngs of fans and theatrical luminaries, including Whoopi Goldberg, Joel Grey, T.R. Knight, Hunter Parrish, Jane Krakowski, Elaine Stritch, Jennifer Tilly, Stephanie J. Block, Richard Kind, Larry Kramer, Tovah Feldshuh, Montego Glover, Stacey Keach, Isabel Keating, John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey, Molly Ranson, Charles Osgod, Edward Hibbert, Lisa Lampanelli, Kathleen Chalfant, Susan Jaffe and more will turn out in high style to cheer for Tracie Bennett making her electrifying Broadway debut as Judy Garland, alongside costars Michael Cumptsy, Tom Pelphrey, and Jay Russell, as well as director Terry Johnson and playwright Peter Quilter.
Starring Olivier® Award-winner Tracie Bennett in a bravura performance as Judy Garland, End of the Rainbow received four Olivier® Award nominations in London. The setting is December 1968, and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback... again. In a London hotel room preparing for a series of concerts, with both her new young fiancé and her adoring accompanist, Garland struggles to get "beyond the rainbow" with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity, and razor-sharp wit. This savagely funny drama offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American popular culture. End of the Rainbow features some of Garland's most memorable songs, performed with the show-stopping gusto for which she will always be remembered.
Prior to its Broadway run, End of the Rainbow was performed at Minneapolis's Guthrie Theater, with the full Broadway cast.
End of the Rainbow recently played a run in London's West End, produced by Lee Dean, Jenny Topper, Laurence Myers, Charles Diamond, Hilary Williams, David Bailey in association with Royal & Derngate, Northampton.