Photo Flash: Angela Ingersoll Leads La Mirada Audiences to THE END OF THE RAINBOW

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCoy Rigby Entertainment present the second show of its 2017-2018 season, and the 40th anniversary of the iconic theatre with

Angela Ingersoll starring as Judy Garland in END OF THE RAINBOW by Peter Quilter with musical direction by Jon Steinhagen and directed by Michael Matthews. END OF THE RAINBOW will preview on Friday, October 27, 2017 (with a press opening on Saturday, October 28 at 8pm) and run through Sunday, November 12, 2017 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.

The real fireworks happened offstage. It's December 1968 and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback...again. In a London hotel room, 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. Featuring some of Garland's most memorable songs, this savagely funny play-with-music offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures of our time.


Michael Matthews (Director) Credits include: Failure, a Love Story (Ovation Award, Director; LA Premiere and it's remount at The Kirk Douglas Theatre), 12 Angry Men and Billy and Ray (Laguna Playhouse), Bootycandy (LA Premiere), Sons of the Prophet (LA Premiere), Psyche (World Premiere), Peter Pan; the Boy Who Hated Mothers (LA Weekly Nom, Director), Rabbit Hole (La Mirada), Funny Girl (Ovation Nom, Director), Very Still and Hard To See (LA Weekly Nom, Director; World Premiere), The Color Purple, The Musical (Ovation and LA Weekly Awards, Director), What's Wrong With Angry? (Ovation Nom, Director), Take Me Out! (Ovation Nom, Director; NAACP Award, Director) The Women of Brewster Place, the Musical (Ovation Nom, Director; NAACP Award, Director), The Bacchae (Ovation Nom, Director), Beautiful Thing (Ovation Nom, Director). Michael is the recipient of the 2015 LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Career Achievement in Direction.

Peter Quilter (Playwright) plays have been produced in 40 countries around the world and translated into 30 languages. He has had three successful shows in London's West End, a hit run on Broadway, and has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award - for Best New Play and Best New Comedy. END OF THE RAINBOW had its world premiere at the iconic Sydney Opera House in Australia in 2005. This was followed by productions in dozens of major cities, including Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Berlin. In 2010/2011, the show played a sold out run in London before transferring to Broadway in 2012. The show ran for176 performances at the Belasco Theatre, had a rave review in the New York Times, and received three Tony Award nominations. Peter is also the author of the much loved Florence Foster Jenkins comedy, Glorious! The play premiered at the Duchess Theatre in London's West End and has since been seen by over two million people in theatres across five continents. The play was part of the inspiration behind the recent movie about Florence starring Meryl Streep.

Stage productions of Glorious! have recently been broadcast "live" on television in Poland and Japan and this season the show will have runs in Israel, Sweden, Finland, Croatia, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Australia and Canada. A London revival of the play is currently in development for fall 2018. Peter's other work includes the internationally popular 2-actor comedy Duets and the new drama 4000 days which recently premiered at the Park Theatre in London. He has just finished writing a new musical, Starstruck which features Frank Sinatra, Mario Lanza, Liberace and Marlene Dietrich.

Angela Ingersoll (Judy Garland) recently garnered Chicago's Jeff Award nomination, a Time Out Chicago Award nomination, and "Top Performances of the Year" honors from both Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times for her star turn as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow at Porchlight Music Theatre. A recipient of numerous awards and nominations, her theatre credits nationwide include: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Hedy LaRue) Marriott Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice) Notre Dame Shakespeare; The Game's Afoot (Daria) Drury Lane Theatre; The Great Gatsby (Myrtle) Indiana Repertory; The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Quickly), Richard III (Lady Anne) Chicago Shakespeare Theater; South Pacific (Nellie) Light Opera Works; Carousel (Julie) Madison Rep; The Secret Garden (Martha) Porchlight Music Theatre; Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), Jekyll and Hyde (Lucy), The Philadelphia Story (Tracy), and The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy) Playhouse on the Square. Comedy: Second City Hollywood. Television: Chicago PD (NBC). Angela and husband Michael Ingersoll produce the Artists Lounge Live concert series. Her many national concert credits include recently partnering with Garland's son for Joey Luft and Angela Ingersoll Celebrate Judy Garland. Ingersoll is currently completing filming of her concert Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine, coming soon to Public Television.

The cast of END OF THE RAINBOW will also feature (in alphabetical order); Zachary Ford, Jon Steinhagen and Brian Wallace.

The Design Team for END OF THE RAINBOW is as follows: Scenic Design by Stephen Gifford; Lighting Design by Steven Young; Sound Design by Josh Bessom; Original Costume Design at Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago by Bill Morey & Props Design by Terry Hanrahan. Casting is by Julia Flores, and the Production Stage Manager is John W. Calder III.


END OF THE RAINBOW will preview on Friday, October 27, 2017 (with a press opening on Saturday, October 28) and run through Sunday, November 12, 2017 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.

Performances are 7:30pm on Wednesdays & Thursdays; 8pm on Fridays; 2pm &

8pm on Saturdays; 2pm on Sundays. There will be no performance on Saturday, October 28 at 2pm and an added performance on Wednesday, November 8 at 2pm.

There will be an Open Captioned performance on Saturday, November 4 at 2pm and an ASL interpreted performance on Saturday, November 11 at 2pm. Talkbacks with the cast and creative team will be on Wednesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 8.

Tickets range from $20 - $70 and can be purchased at La Mirada Theatre's website, or by calling the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. Student, Senior and group discounts are available. $15 Student Tickets available for the first 10 performances of the production.

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is located at 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, near the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue where the 91 and 5 freeways meet. Parking is free.

Photo Credit: Jason Niedle

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