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End of the Rainbow, Trafalgar Studios 1 | reviews, news & interviews

End of the Rainbow, Trafalgar Studios 1

End of the Rainbow, Trafalgar Studios 1

From showbiz to endgame: Tracie Bennett gives us Garland plus

Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland: more than just an impersonationRobert Day

"Can't go on, ev'ry thing I had is gone". Hear Judy Garland deliver those lines from Arlen's "Stormy Weather" live at Carnegie Hall in 1961 and you'll know that no singer, not even Callas, could go further turning heartbreak into art and serving up the naked truth. I wasn't expecting this production of Peter Quilter's play, previously seen in Northampton, to do much more than echo your average queen's "such a tragic life" line, nor Tracie Bennett to go beyond a Star Impersonation. But after a first act of saying and doing theatre, the will-she-go-on nature of Judy's last appearances became nailbiting drama and Bennett made her own terrifying tour de force out of a ritalin-fuelled "Come Rain or Come Shine".

It feels a little odd to applaud the final, very individual and at times painful memorial of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

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