I MC'd a Talkback after last night's performance of End of the Rainbow, in which Tracie Bennett gives a volcanically energetic performance as declining legend Judy Garland. And as herself, Tracie was raw, insightful, and very funny. When asked about her career, she joked, "I started as a hooker!"
It was inevitable, people. I'm going to be gracing a Broadway stage and I'll be positioned right next to Judy Garland herself in the form of Tracie Bennett, who won a Tony nomination for portraying the legend in Peter Quilter's End of the Rainbow.
There was a lot of hilarious stuff this year--mostly intentional--but the following were easily the funniest "straight play" scenes of all. (5) In the farcical Don't Dress For Dinner (above), the French cook (Spencer Kayden) had to be turned into a soignee dinner guest, for reasons too silly to me ... More >>
Once again, feel-good battles artsinessfor the Antoinettes
Recently, I ran a letter from 22-year-old actor Jason Wise, fuming at a Times article which implied that Judy Garland's legacy is lost on the young, who'd supposedly rather follow the yellow brick road to more current divas. The original article spun off from a viewing of End of the Rainbow, the Br ... More >>
Why dwell on a great artist’s last desperate days?
"This is a room for midgets!" says aging icon Judy Garland (Tracie Bennett), surveying her British hotel room which looks pretty large--in fact, it takes up the entire stage. But in Peter Quilter's End of The Rainbow, Judy's on a rampage, since the play is a revealing wallow into her final stretch ... More >>