Garland biodrama to Minneapolis

An American preem for Broadway-aimed Judy Garland biodrama “End of the Rainbow” and Cole Porter catalog tuner “Roman Holiday” are among the productions lined up for the 2011-12 season at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater.

“Rainbow” has generated talk of a New York stint thanks to a hit London run and a buzz-about perf star from Tracie Bennett, who stars (and sings) as Garland. Actress will reprise her West End role at the Guthrie and subsequently on Broadway, in a production directed by Terry Johnson (“La Cage aux Folles”). Show is lined up for a Minneapolis run that begins in January, with exact details of the Rialto stint to be determined.

“Roman Holiday,” a musical adaptation of the 1953 film that incorporates Porter tunes, comes from book writer Paul Blake (“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”) and helmer John Miller-Stephany, with the show gearing up for a run that kicks off in June 2012.

Also on the list is a Henry Wishcamper-directed production of Conor McPherson’s adaptation of “The Birds”; a staging of Adam Rapp’s recent Humana fest offering “The Edge of Our Bodies,” directed by Benjamin McGovern; an adaptation of James Baldwin’s “The Amen Corner” from Lou Bellamy and Penumbra Theater Company; and Seamus Heaney’s “Antigone” adaptation “A Burial at Thebes.” Older legit titles in the lineup include “Charley’s Aunt,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “The Sunshine Boys” and “A Christmas Carol.”

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