Musical charts Judy Garland’s comeback

Gary Wilmot and Lisa Maxwell in End of the Rainbow
Gary Wilmot and Lisa Maxwell in End of the Rainbow

West End and broadway hit, End of the Rainbow, documenting Judy Garland’s explosive 1960s London comeback, is on tour.

Lisa Maxwell, from TV’s The Bill and Loose Women, stars as Judy in the production which is running at Manchester Opera House until Saturday, May 7 and transfers to Sheffield Lyceum from May 12 to 14.

Sam Attwater (Seven Brides For Seven Brothers) and Gary Wilmot (Oklahoma!) are also in the production.

It’s 1968 and Judy Garland, a once-glittering star, is in London to make her explosive comeback. But off stage, holed up in her hotel room, Judy is battling with her young new fiancé, her devoted accompanist, and her destructive addictions. Will she be able to conquer her demons and reclaim her crown as one of history’s great musical icons?

Featuring Garland’s most memorable songs The Man That Got Away, Come Rain Or Come Shine, The Trolley Song and of course Somewhere Over The Rainbow, End of the Rainbow is a fiercely funny and emotionally charged play filled with Garland’s legendary tenacity, razor-sharp wit and once-in-a-generation voice.