May-June 2017 at The Arts Theatre, West End
Ray Rackham’s extraordinary biographical musical about the life of iconic movie star and chanteuse Judy Garland came to the Arts Theatre for a limited season following a critically acclaimed Southwark Playhouse 2015 debut (original title, Through The Mill).
Since her first tentative steps on the stage as a young girl, Judy has become an enduring icon to millions of fans of all generations around the world.
The stories of 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) demonstrate that no matter how hard we look for love in all the wrong places, the answer is ultimately inside ourselves.
The cast included Helen Sheals (Last Tango In Halifax, Downton Abbey) as CBS Judy, Belinda Wollaston (Mamma Mia, Titanic) as Palace Judy and Lucy Penrose as Young Judy. The memorable score, brought to life by a talented company of actor/musicians, is a wonderful combination of Garland standards interlinked with some of her lesser known numbers and includes The Trolley Song, The Man That Got Away and, of course, Over The Rainbow.
"funny, moving and nimble – a true celebration of Garland’s talent, not just a belated wake."
★ ★ ★ ★ Time Out
"Rackham's script has an overarching sense of hope and vaudevillian resilience...an unmissable production."
★ ★ ★ ★ The Stage
"Pierces the heart and raises the roof."
"The show reminds us how, in the conflict between a merciless industry and the hunger for love and life, a star is inevitably torn."
Judy! The Show
Judy! Opening night