There may be a lot of deja vu happening at the upcoming Los Angeles production of “End of the Rainbow,” as the original Broadway cast will return for the California production.
Michael Cumpsty, who won a Tony Award in 2012 for his role as Manny in the musical drama, will return alongside Tracie Bennett, who was nominated for a Tony Award for her role as Judy Garland. Erik Heger will return as Garland’s last husband, Mickey Deans, and Miles Anderson also will be back in a variety of roles.
The Center Theatre Group presentation will begin previews at the Ahmanson Theatre on March 12, with the official opening March 20. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through April 21. Terry Johnson, director of the Broadway and London versions of the production, will return to direct, and will be bringing the original creative team with him.
The play, written by Peter Quilter, tells the story of Garland’s last days. Here’s how the show’s official website describes the story:
It’s December 1968 and Judy Garland is poised to make a triumphant comeback… again. The drama unfolds in a London hotel room as she prepares for a series of concerts at the famed Talk of the Town nightclub. Alongside her young fiancé and trusted pianist, Garland—with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit—takes on her most challenging role ever: herself.
The show originally premiered in Sydney in 2005, with Caroline O’Connor in the starring role of Garland. The Broadway production began previews March 19, 2012, with an official opening on April 2.
The show features many of Garland’s signature songs, including “Over the Rainbow,” “The Man That Got Away” and “Come Rain or Come Shine.”
Bennett and Johnson had previously worked together in the London revival of “La Cage aux Folles.”