End of the Rainbow

January 28 - March 11, 2012 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage

The recipient of rave reviews in London and four Olivier Award nominations, End of the Rainbow stars Olivier Award-winner Tracie Bennett in a bravura performance as Judy Garland, directed by the Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson (La Cage Aux Folles).

Set in December 1968, Garland is about to make her comeback ... again. In a London hotel room preparing for a series of concerts, with both her new young fiancé and her adoring accompanist, Garland struggles to get "beyond the rainbow" with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit. The savagely funny drama offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American popular culture. A play with music, End of the Rainbow features some of Garland's most memorable songs, performed with the show-stopping gusto for which she will always be remembered. Critics have hailed Tracie Bennett's performance as "dazzling," "unforgettable" and "one of the greatest musical performances ever witnessed," and The London Daily Telegraph raved, "There are moments in the theatre when you lean forward in your seat with shivers racing down the spine, and realize there is nowhere on God's earth you'd rather be. End of the Rainbow is one such occasion."

Don't miss your opportunity to experience End of the Rainbow at the Guthrie before it heads to Broadway in March 2012! 

This play contains mature themes, strong language and smoking.

Run time: 2 hours and 15 minutes including intermission.



Judy Garland
Tracie Bennett
Michael Cumpsty
Mickey Deans
Tom Pelphrey
Radio Interviewer/Porter/ASM
Jay Russell

Artistic Staff

Terry Johnson
Set and Costume Designer
William Dudley
Lighting Designer
Christopher Akerlind
Sound Designer
Gareth Owen
Musical Director/Conductor
Jeff Harris
Musical Arrangements
Chris Egan
Voice and Dialect Consultant
Kate Wilson
Stage Manager
Mark Dobrow
Assistant Stage Manager
Rachel Zack
Assistant Director
Benjamin Shaw

Learn more

End of the Rainbow Play Guide
In-Depth: The Life that Got Away | by Quinton Skinner


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Photos by Carol Rosegg





VIDEO: End of the Rainbow's Tom Pelphrey on WCCO TV


Minnesota Public Radio: Actress channels Judy Garland at 'End of the Rainbow'



Star Tribune:Garland's fall beautifully portrayed in Guthrie play
Mpls-St Paul Magazine: End of the Rainbow at the Guthrie
Minnesota Monthly: Dorothy Gone Wild
Metro Magazine: The Dark Side


Lavender: Arts Interview: Tracie Bennett: The Guthrie's Judy Garland
Star Tribune: Judy Garland at the End.

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