As previously reported, Bennett, who earned an Olivier Award nomination for her portrayal of Garland in the final year of her life, will repeat her performance for American audiences. Peter Quilter's music-filled drama will officially open at the Belasco April 2, 2012, under the direction of Tony Award-winning La Cage aux Folles director Terry Johnson.
Joining Bennett will be Cumpsty (The Constant Wife, Democracy) as Garland's accompanist, Anthony, with Emmy winner Pelphrey ("Guiding Light") as her husband, Mickey Deans, and Russell (Our Town, The Play What I Wrote) in a variety of roles.
Lee Dean, Laurence Myers, Jenny Topper and Joey Parnes produce End of the Rainbow. Prior to their Broadway arrival, the American cast of End of the Rainbow will first play Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater Jan. 28-March 11, 2012.
Bennett previously worked with Johnson in the London revival of La Cage aux Folles. She earned Olivier Awards for her performances as Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray and as Ilona Ritter She Loves Me. Her stage credits also include Les Miserables and Cash On Delivery. Numerous screen appearances include "Vincent," "The Long Firm," "Heroes and Villains," "Next of Kin," "Coronation Street," "Going Out," "Shirley Valentine," "Knights and Emeralds" and "Deep Red Instant Love."