After a record breaking run at the Trafalgar Studios, Peter Quilter’s End of the Rainbow must end on 21 May prior to a UK tour and US opening at the Guthrie, Minneapolis on 18 January 2012. The production will then transfer to Broadway, further details to be announced shortly.
End of the Rainbow, directed by Terry Johnson, stars Laurence Olivier award nominees Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland and Hilton McRae as Anthony. They are accompanied by Stephen Hagan as Mickey Denes and Robin Browne as Radio Interviewer, Porter and Stage Manager, and a six piece band.
The five star critically acclaimed End of the Rainbow opened in Northampton in February 2010 and transferred to the West End in November where it has received standing ovations at every performance since opening night.
Set in London in 1968 and featuring her most memorable songs including The Man That Got Away, Come Rain or Come Shine, The Trolley Song and Somewhere Over the Rainbow, End of the Rainbow combines humour and heartbreak to capture both the drama of Garland’s final performances in London and her controversial life off stage.
End of the Rainbow is designed by William Dudley with sound design by Gareth Owen, lighting by Simon Corder and musical direction by Gareth Valentine and is presented in the West End by Lee Dean, Jenny Topper, Laurence Myers, Charles Diamond and Hilary Williams in association with Royal & Derngate, Northampton.
[posted by Honza, 19/04/2011]