The World's Greatest Entertainer" -- and, yes, they do mean Judy Garland -- will receive a two-concert tribute at Carnegie Hall Tuesday, June 16, and Wednesday, June 17 at 7:30.
Hosting both evenings will be her daughter, Lorna Luft, whose aptly named autobiography Me and My Shadows was published last month by Pocket Books. She will introduce a choice assortment of film clips (including Garland's rendition of "The Joint Is Really Jumpin' Down at Carnegie Hall" from 1943's Thousands Cheer) as well as a galaxy of co-stars and pals who will recall her famous mother in song as well as in story.
Set, so far, for guest shots on the shows are songwriters Jerry Herman, Lionel Bart, Betty Comden and Adolph Green; comedian Alan King, who opened for Garland during her worldwide tour in the 1950s; Theatre stars Elaine Stritch, Lea DeLaria, Robert Morse and Nancy Dussault; recording artists Gogi Grant, Vikki Carr and Weslia Whitfield; conductor Skitch Henderson, and TV and film co-stars Jack Jones and Robert Goulet.
Both halves of Carnegie Hall Celebrates the Music of Judy Garland will commence with the original overture that opened Garland's classic Carnegie Hall concerts in April of 1961. (Capitol's recording of the event, "Judy at Carnegie Hall," was a best-seller.) And waving the baton over a medley of "The Trolley Song," "Over the Rainbow" and "The Man That Got Away"--now, as then--will be her conductor-orchestrator Mort Lindsey.
These two concerts saluting Judy Garland will be Carnegie Hall's fourth annual "American Popular Song Celebration," a summer series that each year surveys and salutes the work of a particular artist, song style or composer. Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and the glorious MGM musicals have been honored at the Hall in previous seasons. Tickets--priced at $18, $32, $43, $55, $75--are at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (154 W. 57), or may be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge: (212) 247-7800.
--By Harry Haun