Photo Coverage: Final Curtain Call for END OF THE RAINBOW on Broadway
The highly acclaimed Broadway production of End of the Rainbow, written by Peter Quilter and directed by Tony® Award winner Terry Johnson, played its final performance on Sunday, August 19, and BWW was there to capture the show's farewell curtain call. The production, which began performances on Monday, March 19, 2012 and opened to rave reviews on Monday, April 2, will have played a total of 176 performances at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre.
Tracie Bennett’s Broadway debut and star turn garnered her the 2012 Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theater World Awards, as well as a 2012 Tony® Award nomination. She leads a cast that features 2012 Tony® Award-nominee Michael Cumpsty, Tom Pelphrey and Jay Russell.
Following the Broadway production, Los Angeles audiences will get to experience Bennett’s remarkable portrayal when End of the Rainbow plays the Los Angeles Music Center from March 12 through April 21, 2013, as part of CTG/Ahmanson Theatre’s 2012/2013 Season. A National Tour is being planned on the heels of that West Coast premiere. Details on the National Tour will be announced shortly, along with additional information about the film adaptation, also starring Bennett, that is currently in development.
It’s December 1968 and Judy Garland is poised to make a triumphant comeback...again. The drama unfolds in a London hotel room as she prepares for a series of concerts at the famed "Talk of the Town" nightclub. Alongside her young fiancé and trusted pianist, Garland—with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit—takes on her most challenging role ever: herself.
The creative team of End of the Rainbow includes William Dudley (Scenic & Costume Design), Christopher Akerlind (Lighting Design), 2012 Tony® Award-nominee Gareth Owen (Sound Design), Chris Egan (Orchestrations), Gareth Valentine (Musical Arrangements), and Jeffrey Saver (Music Direction).
End of the Rainbow is produced on Broadway by Lee Dean, Laurence Myers, Joey Parnes, Ellis Goodman, Chase Mishkin, Shadowcatcher Entertainment/Alhadeff Productions, National Angels U.S. Inc., Charles Diamond/Jenny Topper, Myla Lerner/Barbara & Buddy Freitag, Spring Sirkin/Candy Gold, Hilary Williams, and S.D. Wagner, John Johnson, in association with Guthrie Theater.
Photos by Jennifer Broski