Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The End of the Rainbow

I hope it's a hit on Broadway. We had the great opportunity to see this new musical, The End of the Rainbow, at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis on its pre-Broadway run. It is magnificent. Tracie Bennett channels Judy at the end of her remarkable and remarkably sad career. I saw a review after its Broadway opening that found it justa s great as I did- and named Bennett as a contender for a Tony.

It is the story of the last days of a great performer struck down by her own history and excesses, then finally the terminal illness we call addiction. We see what we lost in 1969 and wonder what could have been different.

Here's a trailer from the Broadway play as Bennett sings "Just in Time."

But then there's Judy in 1964 with Liza Minelli: Unbeatable.

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