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NEW YORK’S LAST CHANCE
TO SEE THE MOST CELEBRATED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR:

E N D   O F    T H E   R A I N B O W

RAVED-ABOUT, SWOONED-OVER, AWARD-SHOWERED PRODUCTION
STARRING TRACIE BENNETT AS JUDY GARLAND
WILL PLAY ITS FINAL PERFORMANCE AT BROADWAY’S BELASCO THEATRE
ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 19

WEST COAST PRODUCTION SET FOR
MARCH 12 THROUGH APRIL 21, 2013
AT LOS ANGELES MUSIC CENTER

FILM ADAPTATION STARRING TRACIE BENNETT IN PIPELINE

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New York, NY (July 31, 2012) – The highly acclaimed Broadway production of End of the Rainbow, written by Peter Quilter and directed by Tony® Award winner Terry Johnson, will play its final performance on Sunday, August 19, it was announced today.  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. 

E N D   O F    T H E   R A I N B O W

TO HOST POST-SHOW TALK-BACKS FEATURING

TRACIE BENNETT

AND MODERATED BY FAMED VILLAGE VOICE COLUMNIST

MICHAEL MUSTO

AUDIENCE MEMBERS WILL BE INVITED TO STAY AFTER THE PERFORMANCES ON
TUESDAY, JULY 31 AND TUESDAY, AUGUST 7
TO WITNESS AND PARTICIPATE IN THE CONVERSATION

Get End of the Rainbow Tickets

New York, NY (7/20/2012) –Tracie Bennett,whostars as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow in what has become the most celebrated performance of the year, will be participating in post-show talk-backs, moderated by famed Village Voice columnist and noted popular culture expert Michael Musto, on Tuesday, July 31 and Tuesday, August 7.  After the regularly scheduled 7:00 p.m. performances on those two evenings, audience members will be invited to stay in their seats to hear Musto and Bennett discuss the play and its iconic subject: Judy Garland.  Audience members will also be invited to ask their own questions.

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LAUNCHES GUIDED VIDEO TOUR OF
JUDY’S NEW YORK

HOSTED BY
2012 TONY® AWARD-NOMINEE MICHAEL CUMPSTY

FOURSQUARE USERS CAN VISIT AND LEARN ABOUT
TEN MANHATTAN LOCATIONS CONNECTED TO GARLAND’S LEGACY
WITH A SERIES OF EXCLUSIVE VIDEOS

Get End of the Rainbow Tickets

New York, NY (June 7, 2012) – End of the Rainbow today launched a first-of-its-kind guided tour of Judy Garland’s New York City.  Foursquare users can visit ten New York City landmarks associated with Judy Garland’s legacy.  When they “check in,” a video, hosted by End of the Rainbow star and 2012 Tony® Award-nominee Michael Cumpsty, will appear as a “tip” telling viewers about Garland’s connection to that particular location. The legendary locations included on End of the Rainbow’s Tour of Judy’s New York are Madison Square Garden, Palace Theatre, Grand Central Terminal, The Waldorf Astoria, Arthurs, The Paley Center, Patsy’s, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House, and the Belasco Theatre.

Monday, 09 April 2012 22:22

Broadway Review: END OF THE RAINBOW

Tracie Bennett’s performance as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow is as exhausting to watch, as it must be to perform. With all of her ups and downs and neurotic behaviour, Bennett’s Garland is an emotionally needy child.  Anyone who’s ever been a parent can understand how exhausting that is.  When told at one point by her fiancé that she can’t drink, Garland’s response is a typically childish one, “Sid would have let me” (a reference to her previous husband, Sid Luft).

You never doubt for a second that Bennett is Judy.  She has both Ms. Garland’s singing voice and speaking voice down perfectly.  Her energy seems boundless.  Ms. Bennett played the role in London’s West End prior to bringing the show to Broadway.

Published in 2011-2012 Season

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PREVIEW PERFORMANCES OF

E N D   O F    T H E   R A I N B O W

BEGIN TONIGHT AT BROADWAY’S BELASCO THEATRE

OPENING NIGHT SET FOR MONDAY, APRIL 2

Get End of the Rainbow Tickets

New York, NY – Preview performances of the Broadway premiere of End of the Rainbow, the acclaimed new play with music by Peter Quilter,begin tonight, Monday, March 19, at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre.  Two-time Olivier Award-winner Tracie Bennett stars as Judy Garland, leading a cast that features Michael Cumpsty, Tom Pelphrey and Jay Russell. Directed by Tony® Award winner Terry Johnson, End of the Rainbow officially opens on Monday, April 2.   

COMPLETE CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR

E N D   O F    T H E   R A I N B O W

MICHAEL CUMPSTY, TOM PELPHREY AND JAY RUSSELL
JOIN TWO-TIME OLIVIER AWARD-WINNER
TRACIE BENNETT
IN BROADWAY PREMIERE OF
PETER QUILTER’S ACCLAIMED PLAY 

PREVIEWS BEGIN MONDAY, MARCH 19
AT BROADWAY’S BELASCO THEATRE

OPENING NIGHT SET FOR MONDAY, APRIL 2

New York, NY – Producers Lee Dean, Laurence Myers and Joey Parnes announced today that the complete cast of the Broadway premiere of End of the Rainbow, a new play with music,is in place.  Michael Cumpsty, Tom Pelphrey and Jay Russell will join two-time Oliver Award-winner Tracie Bennett in Peter Quilter’s acclaimed play about the legendary Judy Garland.  Directed by the Tony® Award winning Terry Johnson, End of the Rainbow will begin performances on Monday, March 19, 2012 at the Belasco Theatre, with an opening night now set for Monday, April 2.   

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT
OF NEW BROADWAY PRODUCTION
GET HAPPY!

OLIVIER® AWARD-WINNER TRACIE BENNETT IS
JUDY GARLAND IN

“ E N D   O F    T H E   R A I N B O W ”

PREMIERING ON BROADWAY THIS SPRING
FOLLOWING ITS TRIUMPANT LONDON RUN

DIRECTED BY TONY® AWARD-WINNER TERRY JOHNSON

PREVIEWS BEGIN SATURDAY, MARCH 19
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 3

New York, NY – Producers Lee Dean, Laurence MyersJenny 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 JohnsonEnd of the Rainbowreceived 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. 

“There are moments in the theatre when you lean forward in your seat with shivers racing down the spine, and realize there is nowhere on God’s earth you’d rather be. 
End of the Rainbow is one such occasion.” 

-The London Daily Telegraph

*****

-The Times (London)

*****

-Daily Telegraph

*****

-Daily Express

*****

-WhatsOnStage

*****

-Independent

*****

-Sunday Express

 

Additional information on the Broadway premiere will be announced shortly, including ticketing details.

Bios____________________________________________________________

Tracie Bennett (Judy Garland).  West End theatre: Jacqueline in La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre, for which she received the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical); Velma von Tussle inHairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre, for which she received the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance and the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical); Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables(Queen’s Theatre, London); Ray Cooney’s Cash on Delivery (Whitehall Theatre, London); and She Loves Me (Savoy Theatre, London, for which she received the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance).  Television: Tracie has played leading roles in numerous programmes, most recently: “Candy Cabs,” “Doctors,” “Dalziel and Pascoe,” “Casualty,” “Northern Lights,” “Vincent” with Ray Winstone, “The Royal,” “The Court,” Judy Garland in “The Long Firm,” “MIT,” “The Bill,” “Heroes and Villains,” “Keen Eddie,” “Burn It,” “Mersey Beat,” “Where the Heart Is,” “The Ambassador,” “Verdict,” “Heartburn Hotel,” “Heartbeat,” “Next of Kin,” “Joking Apart,” “Making Out,” “The Gingerbread Girl,” “Rich Tea and Sympathy,” “Ruth Rendell Mysteries,” “Made in Heaven,” “The Bretts,” “The Ritz,” “The Refuge,” “Unnatural Causes,” “The Rector of Stiffkey,” “Boon,” “The Courtroom,” “Brush Strokes,” “Coronation Street,” “The Upper Hand,” “Alias Smith and Jones,” “Black Silk,” “Relative Strangers,” “Going Out,” “Educating Marmalade” and “Jackanory.” Tracie also won “Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes” as Judy Garland and played God in “Harley’s Angels.”  Presenting: Anchorwoman for “Soap Fever,” “The Bombing of Manchester” (Documentary), OKTV for Carlton and had her own show called “Tracie Goes to Hollywood.”  Film: Shirley Valentine(Paramount); Knights and Emeralds for David Puttnam; Deep Red Instant LoveLofty Life (animated short) and F2.8. Tracie also produced a short – French Fries on the Golden Front – which won “Best Short” at the Miami Film Festival.  Concerts: An Evening With Cy Coleman (St David’s Hall, Cardiff); An Evening of Gershwin (Royal Albert Hall); and An Evening With Tommy Steele (tour).  Recordings: Forever EnglandPeople Like Us and The Snowfield.Tracie is the recorded voice of Bridget Jones for both books of Bridget Jones’ Diary and The Edge of Reason for which she received the International Audi Award for Comedy Best Actress.  Tracie has a Green Card and splits her time between London and Los Angeles.

Peter Quilter (Playwright) is a British playwright whose work has been translated into 21 languages and produced in 27 countries around the world.  End Of The Rainbow marked the launch of his career with its award–winning premiere in 2005 at Sydney Opera House in Australia. The play has since had successful runs throughout Europe, including a sell-out seven-month tour of Holland, which concluded at the Royal Le Carre Theatre in Amsterdam.  Just two months after the opening of this play, came the premiere of Glorious! (the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the worst singer in the world) at Birmingham Rep. The show transferred immediately to London’s West End, where it played six months at the Duchess Theatre, starring Maureen Lipman. Glorious! was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award as Best New Comedy.  Peter’s recent work includes the two-actor comedy Duets (which premiered last year in Atlanta and just finished a sell-out run in Sydney), and the female monologue Just The Ticket, which will open in Germany, Australia and Brazil in the coming year.  He is also the author of Boyband (London, South Africa, Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, Slovakia); The Canterville Ghost (UK tour starring Ron Moody) and the screenplay The Coogan Act (filmed as Rodzinny Show for Polish Television). 

Terry Johnson’s (Director) work has been performed all over Great Britain and worldwide. He is the recipient of 11 major British theatre awards including the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and Critics’ Circle Best Musical 2009 for La Cage Aux Folles. He also won the Olivier Awards for Best Comedy of 1994 and of 1999, Playwright of the Year 1995, Critics Circle Best New Play 1995, the League of American Theatres and Producers Best Touring Play 2001, two Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Time Out Best Play Award 1995, Writers’ Guild Best Play 1995, Writers’ Guild Best Play 1996, the Mayer-Whitworth Award 1993 and the John Whiting Award 1991. In addition he has received over a dozen further nominations for various awards.  In recent years he has had 12 productions running in London’s West End: The Rise And Fall Of Little VoiceLa Cage Aux FollesRainmanWhipping It UpOne Flew Over The Cuckoo’s NestHitchcock BlondeEntertaining Mr SloaneThe GraduateDead FunnyHysteriaElton John’s Glasses and The Memory Of Water. He has twice worked with Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, directing John Malkovitch in The Libertine, which was nominated for five Jeff Awards, including Best Production, and Lost Land, both plays by Stephen Jeffries.  For the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain he has written and directed three productions: Cleo Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, The London Cuckolds and Sparkleshark by Philip Ridley.  In addition he has written and directed television drama that has been broadcast worldwide, most recently: “The Man Who Lost His Head” for ITV and “Not Only But Always” for Channel 4, which won five international award nominations, Best Film at Banff, and the Best Actor Bafta for Rhys Ifans. He wrote and directed “Cor Blimey!” for ITV, which was nominated by the Royal Television Society as Best Drama. He also wrote “The Bite” for the BBC and ABC Australia. His film Way Upstream was chosen for the London Film Festival and Insignificance was the official British entry at Cannes in 1985.  He is a former Literary Associate at the Royal Court Theatre where he has had five of his own plays, InsignificanceCries From The Mammal HouseHysteriaHitchcock Blonde and Piano/Forte. He has produced and has directed two further premieres including: Joe Penhall’s Dumb Show. He is exceedingly proud that his play Hysteria is currently featured on a Royal Court 50th anniversary mug.

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