PHOTO CALL: Adam Godley, Alicia Witt, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Grant Gustin, Betty White and More Celebrate Los Angeles End of the Rainbow
By Krissie Fullerton
22 Mar 2013
After acclaimed London and Broadway runs , Tracie Bennett reprises her performance as a late-in-life Judy Garland in Peter Quilter's End of the Rainbow, which officially opened March 20 at the Ahmanson Theatre after previews that began March 12.
Bennett is joined in Los Angeles by her original Broadway co-star Michael Cumpsty, who earned a Tony Award nomination for portraying Garland's sympathetic pianist Manny, a character created specifically for End of the Rainbow. The production also features Erik Heger as Garland's last husband (Mickey Deans) and Miles Anderson in a variety of roles.
According to the producers, "End of the Rainbow is set in December 1968 and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback... again. In a London hotel room preparing for a series of concerts, with both her new young fiancé and her adoring accompanist, Garland struggles to get 'beyond the rainbow' with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity, and razor-sharp wit. This savagely funny drama offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American popular culture. End of the Rainbow features some of Garland’s most memorable songs, performed with the show-stopping gusto for which she will always be remembered."