Karen Mason, Debbie Gravitte, More Will Re-Create Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall Concert; Lorna Luft Hosts

Cabaret & Concert News   Karen Mason, Debbie Gravitte, More Will Re-Create Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall Concert; Lorna Luft Hosts
The evening at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey, will feature a 40-piece orchestra.
Karen Mason
Karen Mason

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Judy Garland’s death, the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, in collaboration with the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, will present a re-creation of Judy Garland’s famed Carnegie Hall concert June 23 at 7 PM at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Garland’s daughter, Lorna Luft (Promises, Promises; They're Playing Our Song), will host Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall, which will feature a 40-piece orchestra conducted by Michael Berkowitz.

Lorna Luft

The concert, which is the brainchild of Axelrod Artistic Director Andrew DePrisco, will feature performances by Luft as well as Tony winner Debbie Gravitte (Jerome Robbins Broadway, Les Miserables), 10-time MAC winner Karen Mason (Sunset Boulevard, Mamma Mia!), Joan Ellison (The Boy From Oz), and Gabrielle Stravelli (Bistro Award winner). The performers will interpret 28 of Garland’s greatest hits utilizing the original orchestrations.


The death of Judy Garland in 1969 coincided with the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, which launched the gay rights movement. Garden State Equality, the state’s biggest LGBTQ organization, is a supporter of the evening, as is Broadway’s Mason.

Said Mason, “This concert, for me, is perfection! I get to express my utmost support for the LGBTQ community and human equality through the music of my idol, Judy Garland, who exemplified compassion, intelligence, and inclusion. I will always be there to celebrate diversity ‘come rain or come shine!’”

Tickets prices range from $42 to $79 and are on sale through Ticketmaster or the Paramount Theatre box office by calling (732) 897-6500.

Mason has been a special guest performer on Playbill's Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are now on sale for Broadway in the Great Northwest, Playbill Travel’s first domestic cruise that will bring passengers on a journey through the Pacific Northwest from April 26–May 4, 2020, and for Broadway on the Mediterranean (August 31–September 7, 2020), featuring Audra McDonald, Will Swenson, Gavin Creel, Lindsay Mendez, and more to be announced. Playbill Travel is currently accepting waitlist travelers for its sold out Broadway in Bordeaux With Michael Feinstein (September 1–9, 2019. Call Playbill Travel for tickets at 866-455-6789 or visit PlaybillTravel.com.

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