New York Pops music director Steve Reineke conducted the concert that boasted the 70-piece Pops orchestra (Garland's concerts utilized 36 musicians) performing the original arrangements and orchestrations from the April 23, 1961, event. Special guest Luft joined Olivo (West Side Story, In the Heights), Headley (Aida, The Lion King) and Brown (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast), all performing in Garland's original keys.
Here is a look at the concert:
Karen Olivo, Lorna Luft, Ashley Brown, Heather Headley and the NY Pops Commemorate Judy Garland's Carnegie Concert
Garland was only 38 years old when she took to the Carnegie Hall stage to deliver what is considered by many as one of the greatest nights in show business. Luft, her brother Joey, and half-sister Liza Minnelli were seated in the front rows for the concert. Garland returned for an encore engagement May 21, 1961.
The concert included such songs as "The Man That Got Away," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "That's Entertainment", "You're Nearer," "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody," "Chicago," "You Made Me Love You," and Garland's signature, "Over the Rainbow."