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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

 

Judy Garland’s Private, Long-Lost Recordings Inspire New Show Making NYC Debut


"THE BOOK THAT I’M GOING TO WRITE, BY JUDY GARLAND" Opens at The Jerry Orbach Theater November 3

 

NEW YORK – Her words. His voice. Hollywood legend Judy Garland’s infamous private recordings are the basis of The Book That I’m Going to Write, By Judy Garland, faithfully adapted and performed by Jason Powell. On the heels of winning The Producer’s Encore Award at Hollywood Fringe in Los Angeles, the show makes its New York City debut on November 3 at The Jerry Orbach Theater (1627 Broadway at 50th Street) for three performances through November 5.

Tickets start at $25 and are available through Ticketmaster or at The Jerry Orbach Theater box office (phone: 212-921-7862).

In 1964, hot on the heels of a historic comeback concert at Carnegie Hall and the triumph of producing a successful weekly variety television series for CBS, Garland decided to write her memoirs. Encouraged by her publisher to put her thoughts and memories on tape to be transcribed later, the recordings Garland made alone at home revealed a deeply pained woman largely unknown to the public.

Directed by Phillip Fazio, Powell delivers Garland’s word with surgical precision - word for word and breath by breath - in a manner that invokes Judy Garland nearly 50 years after her death. In the show, Powell not only sets the record straight about her storied career and troubled family life, but also settles old scores with incendiary recriminations and a litany of untold truths about every person who had ever wronged her. This honest depiction of Garland in her own words is not to be missed.

Produced by Right Angle Entertainment and McSmith Family Entertainment, The Book That I’m Going to Write, By Judy Garland takes the stage for three performances November 3, 4 and 5 at The Jerry Orbach Theater in the historic Time Square Theater District. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theater.

For more information, visit www.thebookofjudy.com and follow @thebookofJudy on Facebook and Instagram.

Jason Powell (Performer/Creator) is an actor/singer based in Los Angeles, and co-host of the popular podcast LadyWatch with Ryan & Jason, billed as "the only podcast dedicated to celebrating women over the age of 50". Regional theatrical credits include Cabaret (Emcee), Urinetown (Bobby Strong), Rent (Mark), Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day (Alexander), Peter and the Wolf (Peter), and A Thousand Cranes (Kenji). For more information about LadyWatch, visit www.ladywatchpod.com

Phillip Fazio (Director) has many New York City directing credits including Gay Camp (HERE Arts Center), Company (St. Bart’s Players), Super Ben! (Think Theater Project), and The Real Life (Identity Theater Company). Regionally he has directed August: Osage County, Follies, Proof, Sunday in the Park with George, Ragtime, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, City of Angels, and Grey Gardens. Assistant director credits include Pippin (coproduction with Center Theatre Group and Deaf West Theatre) and West Side Story (Signature Theatre). Phillip has a BFA from The Boston Conservatory, alumni of the Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Lab, and currently pursuing a MFA from Pennsylvania State University (graduating in 2020). For more information, please visit www.phillipfazio.com

Right Angle Entertainment (Producer) was co-founded by a couple of industry pros that have wrestled the wild beast that is live entertainment and events and come out the winners. Specializing in the production, marketing, management and distribution of live theatrical and concert events, RAE has worked with brands and companies such as America's Got Talent, Cirque du Soleil, Lucasfilm, DreamWorks, NBC, Live Nation, Michael Cohl, S2BN and many others. Current projects include: David Dobrik & Jason Nash's VIEWS Tour, Cat & Nat's The FUN Show, the world premiere of The Office! A Musical Parody! (September in NYC), One Woman Sex and the City, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Price is Right LIVE! and Elvis and Me: An Evening with Priscilla Presley among others.

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