The Off-Broadway run of Judy and Me, which started life in 2002 at Rose's Turn and subsequently played the Arthur Seelen Theatre and The Producers Club, begins Oct. 7 at the St. Luke's Theatre.
Garland impersonator Peter Mac, who also penned the autobiographical play, co-stars opposite Long Island native Christopher Brick in the role of Anthony "Tony" Castalano (Brick replaced Dusty St. Amand during rehearsals). The cast also features Elyse Beyer, Jean Ann Kump, Chris McCabe and Basil Meola. Opening night is Oct. 19.
"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."
The creative team also includes set designer Tim McMath, lighting designer Josh Iacovelli and costume designer Viviane Galloway.
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 by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com.