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"End of the Rainbow"

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tracie Bennett discusses her role as Judy Garland in “End of the Rainbow.” The play is set in December 1968, when Judy Garland is about to make her comeback... again. This drama offers insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American popular culture, and it features some of Garland's most memorable songs.

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Tracie Bennett
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Comments [5]

The house lights had come on and most of the audience had left the theater - only a few stragglers, lingering in the aisles.

I sat alone, my 'hip, happy and well-heeled' New Yorker seat-mates had also left.

During preshow chatter, they told me they almost hadn't come because they had heard negative rumors about the show and this was still it's first week!

They were still there at intermission and so I asked what they had heard because I had read nothing but accolades.

The husband then piped up and said that 'the daughter' would not come and see it.

Knowing full-well who he was alluding to, and, after what we had all just witnessed, I asked him, "Can you blame her?"

With less than a handful of people left in the theater and given a few moments to soak in what I had just witnessed, the enormous sadness of what was shared onstage by Tracie and Michael began to overwhelm me. I started to sob, and sob and sob.

Some kindly elderly woman came down to the third row and asked me if I was o.k.

It was all I could do to mutter a, "uh, huh", and continued to cry - knowing I had just caught a glimpse of hope in the unmasking of a secret ... a hope so close and then dashed like a glass thrown into a fire.

BRAVO, TRACIE... BRAVO.

Jul. 31 2012 06:14 PM
Ed from Larchmont

I would suggest that she is popular in the gay community because she is outside the normal family situation, she is not part of a family. At the same time she has tremendous talent, of course. And many gay people find themselves in the same isolated situation.

Jul. 26 2012 01:25 PM
fuva18 from harlemworld

I see parallels with Whitney Houston,no?

Jul. 26 2012 01:24 PM
Tony from Canarsie

No reflection on the show (which I look forward to catching soon) or its star, but the producers might want to consider airing a different TV spot. The present one makes the show appear to be about Bette Davis or Joan Crawford.

Anyway, as the Aussies say, Chookas!

Jul. 26 2012 01:16 PM
Sarah from UES

Tracie's performance is incredible. Can you she talk to us about her understudies?

Jul. 26 2012 01:11 PM

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