Either you completely understood the incredible importance of this headline, or you never will.
Just so you know, I started performing in theatricals at age 8, and went on to major in theater for college before radio changed my life path. I still love it, and watch the trades to see what is new and worth seeing. My mother, who is now in her late 70’s, was a musical community theater director for over 40 years, and together we are very big fans of THE WIZARD OF OZ, and basically anything related to Judy Garland. And as fans, we know that Judy’s Daughter Liza, is the loudest voice in the Judy Garland Heirs Trust, which HAS VERY RARELY allowed anyone to try a project of this kind without legal threats.
EXCLUSIVE: Chasing Rainbows: The Road To Oz, a new Judy Garland bio-musical that got an industry presentation in New York last week, has received the rare endorsement of Garland’s daughter Liza Minnelli and the Garland Estate.
Somebody is finally going to tell the true story of Frances Ethel Gumm?????
Tell me more GREG!
The musical – being performed in a concert version at New York’s National Arts Club tonight – is the first stage, film or television property about the life of Judy Garland to receive the endorsement of Garland’s Estate, according to estate spokesman Garry Kief, President and CEO of Stiletto Entertainment, who serves as Trustee of the Judy Garland Heirs Trust.
Conceived and created by Tina Marie Casamento, the show chronicles Garlands early years, from her vaudeville sister act through her career-making win at MGM of the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. The production uses the Sony Music/Feist Robbins catalog of Garland-associated songs including “Over the Rainbow,” “You Made Me Love You,” “Everybody Sing,” “In Between” and “Dear Mr. Gable,” among others.
Here’s a concept video released for a song from the forthcoming Broadway show, “Got a Pair of New Shoes,” directed by Barclay DeVeau & Chasing Rainbows director Jones, starring Actress Ruby Rakos (Billy Elliot), who is expected to play Frances Gumm/Judy Garland in the New York-bound production.
I can’t wait to see/hear more! But until then, let me leave you with a little more from one of the most recognizable voices in history.
Susan Saunders 1/14/19