Friday, March 28, 2014

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities: 3/25 – 4/13

     Director Rod Lansberry has done it again! His casting of Tari Kelly in the role of Judy Garland is impeccably correct.  Ms. Kelly commands the stage as few actors can.
     This artist is not just channeling Ms. Garland...

                        Tari Kelly is Judy!

     Ms. Kelly’s vocal prowess, backed up by the ear-pleasing orchestra conducted by music director David Nehls will put you into a state of auditory bliss.
     Zachary Clark and Jonas Cohen shine in the roles of Mickey Deans, Judy’s manager/fiancée and Anthony, her accompanist and confidante. Josh Robinson is terrific in a number of supporting roles.
     “End of the Rainbow” is an edgy bio-drama with music that’s set in London in December of 1968. Anyone who loves dark serious drama and is a fan of the iconic Ms. Garland will love this show that looks with insightful poignancy at the star’s final days.
     Brian Mallgrave gives us yet another visually magnificent scenic design.
     As consistently good as Clare Henkel’s costume design always is she has outdone herself with the sensational ensembles and frocks for Ms. Kelly.
     Shannon McKinney’s lighting design is superb!
     Some of the great songs featured are: Anything But Love, Come Rain Or Come Shine, When You’re Smiling and Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

This production contains adult language and content dealing with alcoholism, drug use and sexuality. 
 The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking for all its patrons. For more information go to or call 720-898-7200

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