Judy Garland is returning to the West End (kinda)

Following an acclaimed debut season at Southwark Playhouse under its original title, Through The Mill, Ray Rackham’s biographical musical about the life of iconic movie star and chanteuse, Judy Garland, arrives in London’s West End this Summer.

Since her first tentative steps on the stage as a young girl, Judy Garland has become an enduring icon to millions of fans of all generations around the world — never mind the LGBT+ legend she is now.

Leaving behind the usual portrayal of Garland’s life as one of pure heartbreak and self-destruction, Ray Rackham’s poignant and uplifting story follows the star as a survivor in a man’s world.

An overlapping story of three ages of Judy , Young Judy (an innocent girl filled with hope and excitement as she heads toward her life-changing performance in The Wizard of Oz), Palace Theatre Judy (a woman at the height of her performing powers in the midst of a passionate romance with Sidney Luft) and CBS Judy (an older and possibly wiser woman) – that demonstrates that no matter how hard we look for love in all the wrong places, the answer is ultimately inside ourselves.

The cast includes Helen Sheals as CBS Judy, Belinda Wollaston as Palace Judy and Lucy Penrose as Young Judy.

This memorable score is brought to life with a live band and features The Trolley Song, The Man That Got Away and, of course, Over The Rainbow.

Performance begin at the Arts Theatre in London from 16 May.


More information can be found here.

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