Directed by Charles Tolliver, previews of Judy and Me will begin mid-October with an official opening scheduled for Oct. 19. Garland impersonator Peter Mac, who also penned the autobiographical play, will head a cast that includes Elyse Beyer, Jean Ann Kump, Chris McCabe and Basil Meola. The role of Anthony has yet to be cast. "Addressing the issues of both homophobia and domestic abuse," the play, according to press notes, "recounts the true story of 16-year old character Anthony, trapped in the narrow-minded suburb of Elmont, Long Island (and the real hometown of playwright Mac).
"An outcast at Sewankawa High School in Floral Park, Anthony is the daily target of verbal and physical torment from his classmates. His life at home is equally tenuous, as his volatile, violent father is a constant source of pain to both Anthony and his mother. The teen finds his only escape in the music and entertainment of the iconic Judy Garland, who comes to life before his very eyes and counsels him through his daily struggles."
Dr. John Schaefer produces. Show times are Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 7 PM with matinees Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.
Tickets, priced $47.50-$72.50, will be available after Sept. 1 by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com.
For more information visit www.JudyandMe.com.