Garland, who would have been 87 years old on June 10, died on June 22, 1969. Jim Bailey as Judy Garland – the 40th Anniversary Concert will be staged at the West End's Leicester Square Theatre, beginning performances June 9 for a run to June 14 only. Bailey, who was named Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year four times over, made his debut there in the late 60s. Garland herself saw him many times in 1968, and in the 1970s he performed two concerts with her daughter, Liza Minnelli, and they became friends. In England he did many "Sunday Nights at the London Palladium" TV specials and because of that success, he did two seasons at the London Palladium in 1977 and 1984. He last played there in 1995.
In the show, Bailey will be singing all of Garland's greatest hits, including "Over the Rainbow," "Get Happy," "The Trolley Song," "The Man That Got Away" and some rare gems.
The show is produced by David Shepherd and Brian Daniels for D&B Productions Ltd in association with Live From Leicester Square. To book tickets, contact the box office at 0844 847 2475 or visit www.leicestersquaretheatre.com.