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PHOTOS: A Front Row Seat On Opening Night At Broadway’s End of the Rainbow

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Two-time Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett (above) made her Broadway debut this week in End of the Rainbow, the Judy Garland  that opened this week at the famous Belasco Theatre. The British-born Bennett portrays the American icon as she prepares for a series of concerts in London in December of 1968, just months before her tragic death. Rainbow, touted as “a non-musical with music,” sees Garland trying to revive her stalled career while struggling with her addictions and relationships with men.

Boldface names like Jennifer Tilly, Lisa Lampanelli, Debra Monk, Elaine Stritch, Joel Grey and Larry Kramer helped cheer on Bennett Monday night as she clicked her ruby red slippers alongside co-stars Michael Cumptsy, Tom Pelphrey and Jay Russell.

Click through for more red-carpet and performance photos from End of the Rainbow

Performance pictures: Carol Rosegg; Red-carpet arrivals: Jeffrey James Keyes

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By:           Jeffrey James Keyes
On:           Apr 6, 2012
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  • 4 Comments
    • David Ehrenstein
      David Ehrenstein

      You wnat to know about Judy? It’s all right here –

      Apr 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alan Brickman
      Alan Brickman

      Broadway will always be a great laboratory for great acting/shows and new ideas..Too bad the NC17 rating system isn’t allowing Hollywood to do the same…

      Apr 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lizcivious
      lizcivious

      I hope that this will springboard Tom Pelphrey’s career. He plays Mickey Deans, Judy’s last husband. I’ve had a big crush on Tom P since his days on Guiding Light. He’s a fantastic actor. I’ve always thought he could become the next Brando.

      Apr 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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