May 3 & 4 from 7-9:30pm
Actor’s Theatre, Fairborn
23 E Main St, Fairborn, Ohio 45324
END OF THE RAINBOW by Peter Quilter is a savagely funny drama featuring a glorious ensemble of Judy Garland hits such as “Get Happy,” “The Man that Got Away,” and, of course, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The production follows Judy Garland on the comeback trail in 1968. The failed marriages, the suicide attempts, and the addictions are all behind her. At forty-six and with new flame Mickey Deans at her side, she seems determined to carry it off and recapture her magic. But lasting happiness always eludes some people, and there was never any answer to the question with which Judy ended every show: “If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh why, can’t I?”
The available roles for the production are:
- Judy Garland: Female, 45-55, strong actress-singer/singer-actress who can credibly play Judy Garland and accurately portray Judy Garland through her songs, and the emotional highs and lows of her life, physically thin and looks older, this is not to be an impersonation but should be able to sing in the Garland style, must be able to portray the calm as well as manic periods of Garland’s life physically and vocally, good movement abilities and physicality are required. Note: For the auditions, actress must sing a Judy Garland song.
- Mickey Deans: Male, 30-40. Non-Singing Role. The last husband to Judy Garland; her manager and former club owner; handsome, charming, and can be imposing physically; there is a lovely, caring, and charming side of him and at the same time he can be physically imposing and combative, dark and somewhat dangerous; he gives off the appearance of being caring, yet also has a selfish side.
- Anthony: Male, 40-55. Non-Singing Role. English or Scottish accent required. Ability to play piano accompaniment throughout show required. Anthony is Judy’s accompanist and musical advisor as well as sometimes spiritual guide, gay and soft spoken with a clever edge, gentle and caring with an inner strength, ethical and honest, is capable of support and understanding, and yet is aware of the inevitable outcome ahead.
- British Broadcasting Company Man/Hotel Porter/Assistant Stage Manager:
Male, 30-45, strong character actor able to play various types and characters, must be able to speak various British dialects.
The above characters are usually played by 1 person BUT I am willing to separate them into individual parts.
A play with music about the final years in the life of Judy Garland.
A musical drama of Judy Garland’s “come-back” concerts Christmas 1968: with a six week booking at London’s Talk of the Town, it looks like Judy Garland is set firmly on the comeback trail. The failed marriages, the suicide attempts and the addictions are all behind her. At forty-six and with new flame Mickey Deans at her side, she seems determined to carry it off and recapture her magic. But lasting happiness always eludes some people, and there was never any answer to the question with which Judy ended every show: “If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh, why, can’t I?”
End of the Rainbow is a savagely funny drama featuring a glorious ensemble of Judy Garland hits and infused with the glamour and the melancholy of stardom.
Time Period: 1960s
Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours) 2 Acts
Setting: A suite at the Ritz Hotel in London, 1969.
Musical numbers include: “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love, Baby””Just in Time””For Me and My Gal””You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want to Do It)””The Trolley Song””The Man that Got Away””When You’re Smiling””Come Rain or Come Shine””Over the Rainbow””Get Happy””By Myself”