In an interview with Cara Lieurance, director Kathy Mulay and actors Jody Briskey and Annie Yokom set the stage for an evening at Farmers Alley Theatre honoring the life and art one of the most popular and beloved performers of the 20th century: Judy Garland.
Beyond the Rainbow: The Judy Garland Musical examines a woman adored by millions, who began her professional career at age 4. Garland earned iconic status by age 14 with her portrayal of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, but even then she was beginning a lifelong struggle with self-confidence and drug dependency. Her legendary 1961 come-back Carnegie Hall concert serves as a starting and returning point in this production, which features four actresses playing Judy at different stages in her life.
The show features several songs Garland made her own, including "Get Happy", "Stormy Weather", "The Trolley Song", "That's Entertainment", and, of course, "Over the Rainbow."
Beyond The Rainbow: The Judy Garland Musical opens on Sep 28 at 221 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo, MI. After opening on Friday 28th, performances are Thursday-Sunday through Oct 14.