Garland stage bio to shutter Aug. 19
It’s the end for Broadway’s “End of the Rainbow,” with the Judy Garland bio-play set to close on the Rialto Aug. 19.Show, toplined by Tracie Bennett, has already sketched out a run at L.A.’s Ahmanson Theater skedded for March 12-April 21. Producers added that a film version, with Bennett reprising her perf as Garland, is also in the works. “Rainbow,” penned by Peter Quilter and helmed by Terry Johnson, originated in London prior to its move to Broadway. On the Rialto the show — a warts-and-all depiction of Garland toward the end of her life, incorporating performance segs of Garland tunes — earned raves for Bennett’s perf, but many critics were less enthusiastic about the play itself. New York production never caught fire at the box office, with weekly sales never topping $400,000. Last week the show pulled in $219,181 and played to auds at just 43% of capacity. Bennett — who stars in the show with Michael Cumpsty, Tom Pelphrey and Jay Russell — earned a Tony nod for her perf. Cumpsty and sound designer Gareth Owen also notched noms. The play-with-music is produced on Broadway by a team that includes Lee Dean, Laurence Myers and Joey Parnes, among others.