BroadwayGlobal and Theatre Chat review Actors' Playhouse current hit play, "End of the Rainbow" offering music and a heartbreaking journey of the last six months the iconic star Judy Garland. The substance abuse, multiple relationships are just a few things make Judy Garland's life one that we find compelling to our society. Those who fall in life, and then get back up are the true life stories we still follow today. Why, because they are human.
Stars with flaws make for great inspiration. If the little girl who made it to wizard can't overcome lives failures, no one can. The iconic star who changed her name from Frances Ethel Gumm to Judy Garland, left imperfections in life that still inspire us today.
We all have vices, watching a star go through ups and downs in life give us all hope in our own lives. Just like the small child singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" our society likes to dream we can fly, soar over any problems that may get in our yellow brick road path. "The End of the Rainbow" is the most dangerous play of the season, not to be missed." Theatre Chat.
Before we share the review Actors' Playhouse in partnership with Baptist Health South Florida are presenting pre-show discussions prior to each "End of Rainbow" production, with lead physicians from South Miami Hospital Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center. For more information please visit www.actorsplayhouse.org or call 305-444-9293.
As a young star in The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland was introduced to substances that helped her get through long days of rehearsals and filming. Those substance addictions never left the star. "End of the Rainbow" sheds light on those imperfect qualities and Judy's hearbreaking relationships.
Kathy St. George (Judy Garland) performance is breathtaking, and awe inspiring. Kathy's voice has the qualities and inflections of the late star. Her acting, mannerisms are most likely going to honor her with award nominations from the sun shine state. The "greatest star who ever lived' is singing on stage at Actors' Playhouse, and Fred Astaire would agree. Judy's life is recaptured, displayed as a lesson to us all. www.kathystgeorge.com.
Colin McPhillamy (Anthony) plays Judy's long time pianist with pure honesty. McPhillamy gives one of the best performances that I have ever seen on any stage. Out of hundreds, maybe thousands of plays witnessed in my life time, I can't think of a supporting actor that has mesmerized the audience with such an honest portrayal. Colin McPhillamy is a name to remember. www.mcphillamy.com.
Michael Laurino (Mickey Deans) plays Judy's fiance, who manages her comeback by taking away the substances that Judy had relied on her entire life. Michael gives a stunning perforance.
Terry M. Cain (BBC Interviewer/Porter/ASM) mannerisms create each of his wonderful supporting characters. Terry proves there are no small parts.
When Judy's London concert becomes more important than her addiction, all hell breakes loose. This play honors the iconic star, sharing some of her most beloved songs. The live horns, drums and the band itself is reason to purchase tickets for freinds and family. Music Direction by David Nagy is a highlight of this show. Scenic Design by Tim Bennett is exquisite.
Multi Carbonell Award winning Director David Arisco has outdone himself down to every minute detail. "End of the Rainbow magnifies lifes perfection in imperfection. Actors' Playhouse delivers Florida another hit play. Live theatre doesn't get any bettter than this!" BroadwayGlobal.
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