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Luft to pay tribute to memory of mother, Garland

Preview by Jack Foley

LORNA Luft, daughter of late screen and singing legend, Judy Garland, is to bring her autobiographical one-woman show to The Savoy Theatre on July 6.

Songs My Mother Taught Me will replace the planned programme for the Savoy Opera season and will relate Luft’s experiences while growing up as the daughter of one of the world’s most famous entertainers.

The production is also designed to showcase and celebrate her mother’s musical legacy, and includes such Garland classics as Come Rain or Shine, For Me and My Gal, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, You Made Me Love You and The Trolley Song.

Luft, who is also the half-sister of Liza Minnelli, will be supported by a ten-piece orchestra, using Garland’s original arrangements, which will be led by her husband, Colin Freeman, as musical director.

There will also be a video backdrop of rare Garland footage, as well as family photo album memorabilia.

Luft is no stranger to the entertainment scene, having shared the stage with her mother on numerous occasions, while growing up, most notably during a month-long engagement at Broadway’s Palace Theatre.

Her other US stage credits include Snoopy, Extremities, Grease, Carnival, Guys and Dolls and Little Shop of Horrors, while her screen credits include the long-lamented Grease 2.

Her autobiography, Me and My Shadows: Living with the Legacy of Judy Garland, was published in 1988, and was subsequently turned into a multi award-winning US TV mini-series.

In London, Songs My Mother Taught Me, which has been written by Mitzie and Ken Welch, will be produced by Lee Menzies.

The Savoy’s current Opera launch productions of The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro are due to finish on June 19, with the rest of the planned programme suspended.

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