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Going over the rainbow with Tracie Bennett

Tracie Bennett pictured onstage at the
Tracie Bennett pictured onstage at the "End of the Rainbow" Broadway opening night on April 2, 2012 in New York, New York.
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Tonight, veteran English stage actress Tracie Bennett, goes on stage at the Ahmanson to enact the final years of the late, great Judy Garland’s life in “End of the Rainbow.” This musical drama by Peter Quilter is about the last stage of Garland’s life, and Bennett’s portrayal has already won acclaim on the London and New York stages. Many have noticed Tony-nominated Bennett’s tireless performance as she sings famous songs such as “Somewhere over the Rainbow.”

Bennett has been playing Judy Garland in various plays for more than a decade and refers to herself as the “former chorus girl who is finally being offered her big break,” according to the New York Times. In many interviews, the 50-year old Bennett has talked about her previous theater work, the grueling on-stage performances, and how she’s been able to keep her stamina.

Bennett joins Larry to talk about “End of the Rainbow” opening in Los Angeles, her portrayal of Judy Garland and her journey to the Broadway stage.

Tracie Bennett, English Stage and Television Actress  starring as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow

"End of the Rainbow" opens tonight at the Ahmanson Theatre. Click here for information and tickets.