Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1960s
Settings Of Play -
A suite at the Ritz Hotel in London, 1969.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Play w/ Music
Drugs, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Tony, Olivier, From Broadway, From West End
3 Tony nominations and 4 Olivier nominations, including Best Play.
A play with music about the final years in the life of Judy Garland, "End of the Rainbow" triumphed in London's West End in 2010/2011 and on Broadway, at the Belasco Theatre, in 2012.
A musical drama of Judy Garland's "come-back" concerts Christmas 1968: with a six week booking at London's Talk of the Town, it looks like Judy Garland is set firmly on the comeback trail. The failed marriages, the suicide attempts and the addictions are all behind her. At forty-six and with new flame Mickey Deans at her side, she seems determined to carry it off and recapture her magic. But lasting happiness always eludes some people, and there was never any answer to the question with which Judy ended every show: "If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh, why, can't I?"
End of the Rainbow is a savagely funny drama featuring a glorious ensemble of Judy Garland hits and infused with the glamour and the melancholy of stardom.
"Every note she sings, every racket she makes, every tear she sheds, every joke she cracks, every pill she pops - is conveyed with alarming honesty. This knockout portrait of a living catastrophe should not be missed." What's On
Published to tie-in with the premiere at the Sydney Opera House in July 2005
NOMINATED FOR THREE TONY AWARDS AND FOUR OLIVIER AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST NEW PLAY
"After watching the electrifying, intense production that opened on Monday night at the Belasco Theater, you feel exhilerated and exhausted.In other words, 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...End of the Rainbow is a lurid account of the twilight of an all-too-mortal goddess on the eve of destruction and is revealing in a way that tell-all bio-drama seldom is...Tracie Bennett locates, both physically and emotionally, that perilous, bipolar energy that so often animates great performers. Touch this woman at your own risk. She burns... Every chapter of Garland's history is alive: she is foul-mouthed, flirtatious, hypersexual, childlike, unedited, manipulative and supremely self-conscious as she makes love and war with Mickey and Anthony. She has a strong sense of herself as a human tragedy on a world stage, but her sense of humor, of the absurdity of it all, is just as sharp. Some of her zingers are appallingly funny...And then she sings. And all those disparate, desperate elements coalesce into a coherent, riveting whole." - Ben Brantley, New York Times
"There are moments in the theatre when you lean forward in your seat, with shivers racing down the spine, and realise there is nowhere else on God's earth you'd rather be. End of the Rainbow is one such occasion...One of the greatest musical performances I have ever witnessed" (Daily Telegraph, London)
Trafalgar Sudios, London West End, November 2010
Belasco Theatre, New York Broadway, 2012