Actors' Playhouse's END OF THE RAINBOW to Open 1/15

Actors' Playhouse's END OF THE RAINBOW to Open 1/15

Actors' Playhouse continues its 2013-14 season with a celebrated production of Peter Quilter's End of the Rainbow, a new play with music. The recipient of rave reviews in London's West End and on Broadway just last season, End of the Rainbow will make its Florida premiere at the Miracle Theatre from January 15 - February 9, 2014.

It's December 1968 and Judy Garland is poised to make her triumphant comeback...again. The drama unfolds in a London hotel room as she undertakes an exhausting series of performances at the famed Talk of the Town nightclub to try and reclaim her crown as the greatest talent of her generation. Alongside her young new fiancé, Mickey, and loyal pianist Anthony, Garland - with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit - takes on her most challenging role ever: herself.

Directed by the award-winning David Arisco, End of the Rainbow will star veteran actress-singer Kathy St. George as Minnesota-born Judy Garland. Joining St. George are Colin McPhillamy (Anthony), Michael Laurino (Mickey) and Terry M. Cain (Various). Musical Director David Nagy leads a six-piece onstage band, backing St. George throughout the production which features Garland's most memorable songs including "The Man That Got Away," "Come Rain Or Come Shine," "The Trolley Song," and, of course, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow."

The creative team for End of the Rainbow includes Tim Bennett (Scenic Design), Ellis Tillman (Costume Design), Sean Lawson (Sound Design) and Luke Klingberg (Lighting Design).

"The professional actors, creative and design team at Actors' Playhouse take us back to 1968-1969, and meticulously recreate the danger, vulnerability, and first-rate stardom of Judy Garland, and the impact she had on the entertainment world of her time, " said Director David Arisco. "This is a very special play, only seen in London, New York and LA in the past few years. Now South Florida audiences will be swept away by End of the Rainbow, and Kathy St. George as Judy Garland."

Preview performances of End of the Rainbow will be held Wednesday and Thursday, January 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. The show will open on Friday, January 17 at 8 p.m. and play through February 9, 2014. Evening performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Sunday at 3 p.m. A special weekday matinee is scheduled on Wednesday, January 22 at 2 p.m.

A series of pre-show talks to promote dialogue on addiction, lead by a team of health professionals provided by South Miami Hospital Baptist Health South Florida Addiction Treatment Center, are scheduled throughout the production run. Full details and a complete schedule outline will be available at www.actorsplayhouse.org.
Preview night tickets on the first Wednesday and Thursday are $42. Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $47, and on Friday and Saturday evenings $55. The theatre offers a 10 percent senior discount rate the day of performance and $15 student rush tickets 15 minutes prior to curtain with identification. Discounts are based on availability and exclude Saturday and Sunday.

Group discounted rates are offered for 15 or more through our group sales department. Single tickets may be purchased through the box office at 305-444-9293 or online at www.actorsplayhouse.org.

This event is made possible with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners for Major Cultural Institutions, and is sponsored in part by the State of Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts & Culture, with support of the City of Coral Gables, and by the following sponsors: Baptist Health South Florida, DadePaper, Steinway Piano Gallery Coral Gables, NBC Miami and MegaTV.

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