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The Songbook of Judy Garland Starring Lorna Luft, Louise Dearman and Ray Quinn

The Songbook of Judy GarlandThe life and music of a Hollywood legend: The Songbook of Judy Garland, starring Lorna Luft and leading West End Musical Theatre stars Louise Dearman and Ray Quinn. With Arlene Phillips as Creative Director.

The Songbook of Judy Garland is brand new stage show celebrating the life and music of Hollywood legend, Judy Garland. This mesmerising production will head to New Wimbledon Theatre for one week only this June with a host of fantastic names in the starring roles.

Judy’s daughter and film actress Lorna Luft will star in the leading role and will be joined by leading West End musical theatre stars, Louise Dearman, Rachel Stanley and Darren Bennett. Joining them is singer-songwriter and X-Factor star, Ray Quinn. Also appearing are Judy’s dancers – The Boyfriends, named after Judy’s original dancers of the same name.

The songbook of Judy Garland will include never seen before film clips and interviews together with irresistible classic hit songs from some of Judy’s hugely popular films such as A Star is Born, Meet Me in St. Louis, Easter Parade and The Wizard of Oz. The set of songs will include I Got Rhythm, The Trolley Song, The Man That Got Away, Get Happy,Zing! Went the strings of my Heart, and the song that is synonymous with Judy Garland, Over the Rainbow.

This classical production is the only Judy Garland Show in the world authorised by the Judy Garland Estate and will be a show filled with magnificent choreography by highly-acclaimed choreographer and theatre director, Arlene Phillips.

Lorna Luft is considered to be part of Showbiz Royalty, as the daughter of Judy Garland and the half-sister of Liza Minnelli, Lorna is a highly successful stage, film and TV actress and singer. She has appeared in numerous film, TV and stage shows, including White Christmas, They’re Playing My Son and Babes in Arms. Lorna appeared on stage regularly with her mother as a young girl and continues to maintain a high profile concert career.

Ray Quinn’s first acting role was in Brookside, the popular soap, based in Liverpool. He was announced as the runner-up in the X Factor to Leona Lewis in 2006 and subsequently released a debut album which went to number in one in the UK charts and eventually became a platinum selling album. Ray’s orevious theatre credits include Grease, Dirty Dancing, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and Legally Blonde. Ray was the winner of ITV’s Dancing on Ice in 2009 and went on to win the final All Stars series in 2014.

Renowned musical theatre star Louise Dearman has performed in leading roles in many West End musicals including Wicked where Louise was the first actress to play both leading roles of Glinda and Elphaba. Louises’s other credits include Evita, Cats and Guys and Dolls to name just a few.

Darren Bennett has appeared in numerous productions in both the West End and on tour including the current production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Aladdin, Merrily We Roll Along, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Singin’ in the Rain.

Rachel Stanley has recently finished starring as Betty Haynes in the hugely successful production of White Christmas at London’s Dominion Theatre, and previously played the role in Edinburgh, Manchester, Plymouth & Southampton. Rachel has also had lead roles in Annie (New Zealand and UK tour), Crazy for You and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour).

Arlene Phillips (CBE) is one of the UK’s best known choreographers and is well known for working on TV productions So You think you can Dance and Strictly Come and Dancing. Arlene has also worked on numerous stage productions including The Wizard of OZ, Starlight Express and Grease.

The Songbook of Judy Garland, is produced by David King with Direction by Christopher Manoe.

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Wednesday 13th May 2015

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