BritishTheatre.com caught up with Lorna Luft recently to talk about her current tour with The Judy Garland Songbook asking what audiences might expect from the tour. The Judy Garland Songbook has given Lorna Luft, Garland’s daughter the opportunity to revisit her mother’s legacy through her songs and what a catalogue of songs it is. “It’s all of her songbook, these are songs that nearly every person knows and they are going to have the experience of being able to remember where they were and what there doing when they first heard these songs.” Lorna said. Judy Garland’s career spanned some 40 years as a film actress, vaudevillian, recording artist and concert performer. During that time she appeared in over two dozen films with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Mikey Rooney, some of which would go on to become beloved favourites including The Wizard Of Oz. “Audiences will hear everything … Read more
In the case of Betty Buckley as Carlotta, the casting was inspired. Her powerful and joyful rendition of I’m Still Here stopped the show. But it was Anita Dobson’s self-deprecating turn as Stella which finally galvanised the entire company into glorious cohesion: her attack in Who’s That Woman was splendid (a gutsy belt matched her tap-dancing prowess) and she and all of the other women acquitted themselves well in bringing Andrew Wright’s clever choreography to life. The younger versions of Sally, Phyllis, Ben and Buddy were spot-on, engaging and sublime. Christine Baranski’s Phyllis was brittle, regal and immaculately stylish.
A production of Follies is being staged by the National Theatre in February/ March 2019. Book Now! One of the iconic scores of Stephen Sondheim will be performed at The Royal Albert Hall for one day only on April 28, 2015. Great seats are available through BritishTheatre.com for the matinee and evening performance of this unique special event. Follies sees past performers of the Weismann Follies gathering in a crumbling Broadway theatre which is scheduled for demolition. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondehim and a book by James Goldman, Follies focuses on two couples, Buddy and Sally and Ben and Phyllis who are attending the re-union. It’s an evening of ghostly reminiscences, of revelations and of celebration as the former showgirls re-live their glory days. Follies won seven Tony Awards for its original Broadway production and is considered one of Sondheims great scores containing songs including Broadway Baby, Losing … Read more
A must-see for any Judy Garland fans, Judy – The Songbook Of Judy Garland will tour the UK following it’s opening in Edinburgh on May 8, 2015. Featuring songs from classic films including A Star Is Born, Meet Me In St Louis, Easter Parade and The Wizard Of Oz, the show will also include never before seen film clips and interviews. The show stars Lorna Luft, Judy Garland’s daughter, together with leading West End musical theatre stars including Louise Dearman (Wicked, Evita), Rachel Stanley (White Christmas, Annie) , Darren Bennett (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Ray Quinn (X Factor, Dancing On Ice). The show will also feature Judy’s dancers – The Boyfriends, named after Judy’s original dancers of the same name. Judy – The Judy Garland Songbook is under the creative directorship of award-winning director and choreographer Arlene Phillips and is directed by Christopher Manoe. Judy – The Songbook Of Judy … Read more