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Friday, June 8, 2012

Tracie Bennett Takes Broadway By Storm As Judy Garland

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Michael Cumpsty and Tracie Bennett in "End of the Rainbow" ( (c) Carol Rosegg)Tracie Bennett in "End of the Rainbow." ((c) Carol Rosegg)Judy Garland performs at Carnegie Hall in New York. (AP/Carnegie Hall)Tracie Bennett in "End of the Rainbow. ( (c) Carol Rosegg)Judy Garland.Tracie Bennett in "End of the Rainbow." ((c) Carol Rosegg)Robin Young and Tracie Bennett in front of the "a star is born" flowers in the Rainbow Room at the Belasco Theatre in New York.Robin Young and Tracie Bennett in front of the "a star is born" flowers in the Rainbow Room at the Belasco Theatre in New York.Photos of Judy Garland line the walls of the Rainbow Room, backstage at the Belasco Theatre. (Robin Young/Here & Now)The Belasco Theatre in New York City. (Robin Young/Here & Now)Robin Young and Tracie Bennett in front of the "a star is born" flowers in the Rainbow Room at the Belasco Theatre in New York."The trunk bar," backstage at the Belasco Theatre Rainbow Room. (Robin Young/Here & Now)

Actress Tracie Bennett has gotten rave reviews and a Tony Nomination for her portrayal of Judy Garland in her waning hours, trying frantically to make a comeback during a tortuous run at London’s Talk of the Town nightclub in 1969.

The play is called “End of the Rainbow.” She’s also gotten letters from gay men responding to her portrayal of Garland, including a young man who said that seeing a Judy Garland play saved his life.

Robin Young visited Tracie Bennett at the theater and talks to her about the challenges of taking on such a role that has so much resonance for so many people.

Guest:

  • Tracie Bennett, star of “End of the Rainbow”

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