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Judy! (originally Through The Mill) - Arts Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JUDY!, Ray Rackham’s extraordinary biographical musical based on the life of Judy Garland, is returning to the capital – to the Arts Theatre where it runs from May 16 to June 17, 2017.

Judy! was last seen in London – at Southwark Playhouse – under its original title Through The Mill – in July 2016.

Ray Rackham has created a poignant and ultimately uplifting story portraying the star as a survivor in a man’s world. Using three ages of Judy, he shows that her life was more than heartbreak and self-destruction.

The stories of Young Judy (an innocent girl filled with hope and excitement as she heads toward her life-changing performance in The Wizard of Oz), Palace Theatre Judy (a woman at the height of her performing powers in the midst of a passionate romance with Sidney Luft) and CBS Judy (an older and possibly wiser woman) demonstrate that no matter how hard we look for love in all the wrong places, the answer is ultimately inside ourselves.

The cast includes Helen Sheals (Last Tango In Halifax, Downton Abbey) as CBS Judy, Belinda Wollaston (Mamma Mia!, Titanic) as Palace Judy and Lucy Penrose as Young Judy. All will be reprising their roles.

The memorable score which is brought to life by a live band, is a wonderful combination of Garland standards interlinked with some of her lesser known numbers and includes The Trolley Song, The Man That Got Away and, of course, Over The Rainbow.

Ray Rackham is Artistic Director of London Theatre Workshop and librettist lyricist of the musical Apartment 40C, which was first seen at London Theatre Workshop (2014) before transferring to St James Studio (2015).

As a producer and associate producer his credits include Follies in Concert (London Palladium) and the Thirtieth Anniversary Production of Side by Side by Sondheim (Novello Theatre). His work as a director includes Into the Woods (Greenwood Theatre) and Company (Barons Court Theatre).