Talk About Your Holiday Garland! Lorna Luft Will Star in Paper Mill's White Christmas

News   Talk About Your Holiday Garland! Lorna Luft Will Star in Paper Mill's White Christmas
 
Broadway, recording and concert star Lorna Luft will play salty New Englander Martha, a showbiz veteran who keeps the books at a Vermont inn, in Paper Mill Playhouse's holiday-season run of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, running Nov. 16-Dec. 24.

Lorna Luft
Lorna Luft

Full casting will be announced in the near future.

Luft appeared in as Fran in the original run of Broadway's Promises, Promises, and toured as Adelaide in the Jerry Zaks-directed revival of Guys and Dolls. The daughter of entertainer Judy Garland and producer Sid Luft, she made her television debut singing t age 11 on her mother's series, "The Judy Garland Show." At 16, she shared the bill with her mom on Broadway in Judy Garland: At Home at the Palace in 1967.

Following the 2004 West End debut of her one-woman show Songs My Mother Taught Me, she starred in the 2006 U.K. premiere production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. She returned to her role in White Christmas for the 2007 winter season at the Edinburgh Playhouse and the Wales Millennium Centre.

In 1998, Luft added a new dimension to her multi-faceted career, that of New York Times best-selling author upon the release of her critically acclaimed memoir, "Me and My Shadows." It was optioned by ABC-TV and broadcast as a four-hour miniseries starring Judy Davis in February 2001. She served as co-executive producer on "Life with Judy Garland: Me & My Shadows," which garnered the highest ratings of the season and won 5 Emmy Awards.

She also created the acclaimed multi-media production called Songs My Mother Taught Me — A Celebration of the Music of Judy Garland, melding Garland's signature songs with personal memories. It won two Los Angeles Theatre Alliance Ovation Awards (Best World Premiere Musical & Best Musical Direction.) A CD based on the concert, produced by Barry Manilow and Colin R. Freeman, was released in 2007 on First Night Records. White Christmas will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Three, four and five show subscription packages are available now, starting at $84.

Single tickets are now on sale from $25. Tickets may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, or at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org.

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