|End of the Rainbow|
Now I can add Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland to the list.
Seeing her in the play "End of the Rainbow" is watching a masterclass on acting. Not only did I feel as if I was in the room with Judy herself, but I knew I was in the presence of an actress who takes her job seriously. Who understands
commitment to a role. And she throws every ounce of her heart and soul into what she is doing.
This play with music by Peter Quilter chronicles the life of the star just months prior to her death as she returns to a five week engagement in London with her new fiancé Mickey Deans and friend/pianist Anthony. We go from the hotel room where Garland is staying (and unable to pay her bills) to on stage of the concert (with an exciting live band that adds such dimension as Garland performs under the influence and pushes tempos to a frenzy). What a concert Ms. Bennett is giving us as if we are truly reliving the moment.
|Garland in 1968|
But Ms. Bennett brings her back to life every night in this play. And that is worth the price of admission.