JUDY GARLAND “World’s Greatest Entertainer” opens April 24th and will tour the state through May. The Candlelight Theatre is the first stop with performances April 24, 25, 26 & May 1, 2, 3. An original musical, written by Delaware playwright Greer Firestone, JUDY premiered in Wilmington in 2007 with 9 shows and 9 Standing O’s. Since that time Firestone has sold the show to theatres globally through his web site.
The setting is February 1961, a week after Judy’s Carnegie Hall performance, arguably one of the greatest nights in show business history. The theatrical conceit: a takeoff of the popular TV show of that era, “THIS IS YOUR LIFE”. However, instead of the parade of preachers, teachers and next door neighbors, Judy’s surprise guests are Liza, Frank & Dean (no last names required!). Our actors sing and dance in the style of these entertainment icons. This book show chronicles her life from age 3 as a vaudeville performer with The Three Singing Gumm Sisters through her motion picture AND concert career. Judy never had a childhood, never attended a prom, was handed out drugs by her mother and the resident MGM doctor as if they were candy. The pain of her personal life is offset by the legendary songs – 29 in all – immortalized by these performers.
These immediately hummable tunes include: “Get Happy“, “The Man That Got Away“, “Smile“, “Rainbow“, “Lady Is A Tramp“, “My Way“, “Kick In The Head“, “Cabaret“.
Tickets are $59 for adults and $33 for children and include dinner and the show. Fridays and Saturdays April 24, 25, May 1, and May 2 doors open at 6 pm., dinner is 6 – 7:30 and show at 8 pm. Sundays April 26 and May 3 doors open at 1 pm, dinner is 1 – 2:30 pm and the show is at 3 pm. Cash bar available. Group Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.
Please call the box office for information.
The run of the show is sponsored by HEART IN THE GAME.org, a non-profit whose mission is to give FREE EKG screenings to ALL Delaware students aged 10-19. Heart In The Game is a member of DE Community Foundation.
For more info, song list, cast and crew visit http://www.greerfirestone.com/judy-garland.html
Judy at Candlelight dates: Limited engagement April 24 – May 3