Judy Garland, the beloved and iconic star, whose career spanned from Vaudeville to the heights of Hollywood and international acclaim, returns to the big screen in the new multi-media production Judy Garland In Concert. The show, hosted by her son Joey Luft, is a retrospective in story and song showcasing memorable moments from Garland’s extraordinary life and career– from the Gumm Sisters to MGM, her later concert performances, television specials and highlights from her critically lauded 1963-64 TV series “The Judy Garland Show.”
Judy Garland In Concert will have its exclusive worldwide debut for two shows on June 27 and 28 at the intimate, 50-seat Fanatic Salon in Culver City. Tickets are $75 each and include a pre-show wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, meet and greet with host Luft, an exhibit featuring several of Garland’s gowns and costumes, rare photographs and a post-show Q&A.
Joey Luft, “One of my fondest memories is seeing my mom on stage at Carnegie Hall. I was sitting in the audience and I said to myself “I didn’t know my mom could sing that good”
In this new production, the incomparable Judy Garland, described by Tony Bennett – ”The greatest performer the world has ever known” comes to life once again on screen, performing more than a dozen of her best- known hits from both the movies and the concert stage. These vintage clips, culled from her various television specials and “The Judy Garland Show” are all in color and have been re-mastered in D5 Digital Cinema with Dolby Sound. Highlights include: “After You’ve Gone,” (from “For Me and My Gal,” MGM-1942), “Come Rain or Come Shine,” (recorded in 1956 for her album, Judy); “By Myself,” (by Crooms/Holmes/Jackson) and her signature, “Over the Rainbow.”
Interspersed with these memorable concert performances, Luft will share personal stories of his mother’s life alongside archival footage, promotional photos, and other rarely seen images. John Kimble, a longtime associate of Garland’s husband and manager Sid Luft, will introduce the evening.
In addition, an exhibit of rare photos from Garland’s life and career as well as several costumes, many from her classic film roles, will be on display from the private collection of Michael Stewart. Among these treasures are the red velvet gown she wore while singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from the 1944 hit Meet Me In St Louis, the gown featured in the finale of Easter Parade (1948); a Bob Mackie showstopper from The Judy Garland Show, (1963) and her Blackglama mink coat (1968)