Judy Garland spotlighted in new musical
Apr 29, 2015 09:41AM ● Published by J. Chambless
"Judy Garland: World's Greatest Entertainer," written by Delaware playwright Greer Firestone, is set in February 1961, a week after Garland's Carnegie Hall performance, arguably one of the greatest nights in show business history. Garland is appearing on a "This is Your Life" type of interview show, and the surprise guests are Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, who join Judy in singing and dancing.
The show chronicles Garland's life from age 3 as a vaudeville performer with The Three Singing Gumm Sisters through her motion picture and concert career. The pain of her personal life is offset by the legendary songs -- 29 in all -- immortalized by these performers. These tunes include "Get Happy," "The Man That Got Away," "Smile," "Rainbow," "Lady Is A Tramp," "My Way," "Kick In The Head" and "Cabaret."
The show will be at the Candlelight Theatre in Arden on May 2 and 3 (www.CandlelightTheatreDelaware.com, 302.475.2313); The Baby Grand in Wilmington on May 10 at 2 p.m. (www.TicketsAtTheGrand.org (800.37-GRAND); and The Milton Theatre on May 16 (www.Pca.com/Milton, 302-684-3038).
The show is sponsored by Heart in the Game, a non-profit whose mission is to give free EKG screenings to all Delaware students ages 10 to 19.