I really knew nothing about Judy Garland other than the fact that she was Dorothy and I’d heard once before that she was a train wreck in her later years. I’d also heard that it’d been brought over from London because of Tracy Bennett’s performance as Ms. Garland.
I was looking forward to End of the Rainbow being education and entertaining and it was both. Bennett’s performance was pretty outstanding, though I can’t speak from any actual comparison of her to Garland since I have no idea what Garland did after The Wizard of Oz. But I think the fact that the two gentlemen sitting in front of me were yelping for joy every time she opened her mouth was a strong testament to her accuracy.
While entertaining, I thought it was a tad too long. It could’ve had the same effect being 90-minutes with no intermission. Michael Cumpsty (as Anthony), Tom Pelphrey (as Mickey), and Jay Rusesell (as BBC Interviewer, etc.) were impressive as well.
I think End of the Rainbow gives Garland’s fans what they want, and it teaches the rest of us a little bit more about the star and her final, messy, days.