“End of the Rainbow” will play final performance on Sunday, August 19
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
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
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.
Tracie Bennett’s Broadway debut performance as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow, which Ben Brantley of the New York Times called “one of the most complete portraits of an artist I’ve ever seen,” made her an instant sensation with critics and audiences alike, leading the New York Post to dub her “The Toast of Broadway” and Vogue to proclaim, “A Star Is Reborn!” Bennett’s star turn garnered her the 2012 Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theater World Awards, as well as a 2012 Tony® Award nomination. She leads a cast that features 2012 Tony® Award-nominee Michael Cumpsty, Tom Pelphrey and Jay Russell.
Following the Broadway production, Los Angeles audiences will get to experience Bennett’s remarkable portrayal when End of the Rainbow plays the Los Angeles Music Center from March 12 through April 21, 2013, as part of CTG/Ahmanson Theatre’s 2012/2013 Season. A National Tour is being planned on the heels of that West Coast premiere. Details on the National Tour will be announced shortly, along with additional information about the film adaptation, also starring Bennett, that is currently in development.
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.
The creative team of End of the Rainbow includes William Dudley (Scenic & Costume Design), Christopher Akerlind (Lighting Design), 2012 Tony® Award-nominee Gareth Owen (Sound Design), Chris Egan (Orchestrations), Gareth Valentine (Musical Arrangements), and Jeffrey Saver (Music Direction).
Tickets, ranging from $32 to $127, are available via telecharge.com, 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 $37 (Saturday and Sunday performances) and $32 (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. Wagner, John 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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