END OF THE RAINBOW to Open on Broadway April 3; Tracie Bennett to Lead
Producers Lee Dean, Laurence Myers, Jenny Topper and Joey Parnes announced today that they will present Peter Quilter's End of the Rainbow, a new play with music, on Broadway this spring, following a run at Minneapolis's Guthrie Theatre. Starring Olivier® Award-winner Tracie Bennett in a bravura performance as Judy Garland and directed by the Tony® Award winning Terry Johnson, End of the Rainbow received rave reviews and four Olivier® Award nominations in London. Performances are scheduled to begin on Monday, March 19, 2012 at a Shubert Theatre (to be announced), with an opening night on Tuesday, April 3. The complete cast and creative team will be announced shortly.
"A few rare times in one's work it becomes a privilege to serve a lifetime's performance from an actor," Mr. Johnson said. "I'm proud to say that working with the remarkable Tracie Bennett on End of the Rainbow is one of those times. I am delighted that American audiences will finally have a chance to witness this remarkable portrayal of one of their most enduring icons."
End of the Rainbow is set in 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 will be performed at Minneapolis's Guthrie Theater, with the full Broadway cast. Performances begin January 28 and will continue through March 11. For tickets and more information, please visit http://www.guthrietheater.org/.
End of the Rainbow recently played a triumphant 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.
For additional information, visit: www.EndOfTheRainbowBroadway.com