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Saturday, 21 July 2012 11:51

END OF THE RAINBOW to Host Post-Show Talk-Backs Featuring Tracie Bennett and Moderated by Michael Musto

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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.

{module ad_left_body}In a statement about his participation in the talk-backs, Michael Musto said, “Judy Garland was one of the greatest talents of the 20th Century, exuding an incomparable mixture of strength and vulnerability. Tracie Bennett plays the role with a volcanic energy that has astonished audiences, portraying Judy's sad demise with obvious compassion and some delightfully self-aware humor. I can't wait to talk to her about the rigors of playing such a legend.”  Musto writes the long-running, popular entertainment column "La Dolce Musto" in the Village Voice as well as the opinionated blog, La Daily Musto on In addition to being a regular commentator on TV, Musto is the author of four books, including the recent collection, "Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back."

Tracie Bennett, who received the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theater World Awards for her performance, as well as a 2012 Tony® Award nomination, leads a cast that features 2012 Tony® Award-nominee Michael Cumpsty, Tom Pelphrey and Jay Russell. Written by Peter Quilter and directed by Tony® Award winner Terry Johnson, End of the Rainbow began performances on Monday, March 19, 2012 at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre and opened to rave reviews on Monday, April 2.   

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.

Tickets, ranging from $31.50 to $121.50, are available via, by calling (212) 239-6200, or in person at the Belasco Theatre Box Office (111 West 44th Street).  A limited number of general rush tickets will be sold for each performance, on the day of the show only, when the box office opens (Monday-Saturday at 10:00 a.m.; Sunday at 12:00 p.m.).  Rush tickets are priced at $36.50 (Saturday and Sunday performances) and $31.50 (all other performances) and can be purchased by cash or charge at the box office. On 2-show days, rush tickets for both shows will be sold at the time of the box office opening.  Seat locations for rush tickets will be at the theatre's discretion. Each patron in line may purchase a maximum of two (2) rush tickets.

End of the Rainbow plays the following performance schedule: Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Thursday at 7:00 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

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. WagnerJohn Johnson, in association with Guthrie Theater.

Tracie Bennett Sings Judy: Songs from End of the Rainbow and Other Garland Classics is now available on Masterworks Broadway.

Critical Praise for End of the Rainbow:

“Watching Tracie Bennett’s electrifying interpretation of Judy Garland,

you feel utterly alive… That’s what comes from witnessing acting that is this

unconditionally committed, not to mention this sensational in every sense of the word. 

Ms. Bennett, as directed by Terry Johnson gives

one of the most complete portraits of an artist I’ve ever seen.

Touch this woman at your own risk. She burns.”

The New York Times, Ben Brantley


As much as you will hear about Tracie Bennett’s extraordinary performance,

she surpasses it. She is magnetic, wrenching, a jolt of electricity from beginning to end.”

Time Magazine, Richard Zoglin


“Tracie Bennett is a supersonically gifted dynamo.

She works her magic, captivates your imagination and captivates your soul. 

You know you are in the presence of someone electrifying.

Crushing, victorious and unforgettable!

She is Garland.

New York Observer, Rex Reed


A star is reborn! A supernova explodes on Broadway as Tracie Bennett shines in End of the Rainbow

Vogue, Liesl Schillinger

“Tracie Bennett’s tour de force perfectly captures Garland’s savage wit.

And, of course, you can’t stop watching.”

New York Post, Elisabeth Vincentelli

"There truly are few words to describe the skill, range and stamina in this incredible performance."

NY1, Roma Torre

When it comes to this year’s Tony Award for best actress in a play,

you have to hand it to Tracie Bennett.”

Entertainment Weekly, Thom Geier


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