Olivier Award-Winner Tracie Bennett is Judy Garland in “End of the Rainbow” premiering on Broadway
FOR RELEASE ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2011
OF NEW BROADWAY PRODUCTION
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 Myers, Jenny 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 Johnson, End of the Rainbow received 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)
Additional information on the Broadway premiere will be announced shortly, including ticketing details.
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 in Hairspray (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 Love; Lofty 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 England, People 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 Voice, La Cage Aux Folles, Rainman, Whipping It Up, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Hitchcock Blonde, Entertaining Mr Sloane, The Graduate, Dead Funny, Hysteria, Elton 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, Insignificance, Cries From The Mammal House, Hysteria, Hitchcock 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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