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“End of the Rainbow” at Canterbury Summer Theatre

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Date(s) - 07/05/2018
2:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Canterbury Summer Theatre


‘End of the Rainbow’ Relives the Last Hurrah of Legendary Judy Garland at Canterbury Summer Theatre

Canterbury Summer Theatre presents the area premiere of End of the Rainbow, a musical drama about legendary icon, Judy Garland playing July 5th – 14th. The theatre is located at 807 Franklin Street in Michigan City. Written by Peter Quilter, “End of the Rainbow ” focuses on Judy Garland’s “come-back” concerts around Christmas,1968, just months before her death.

With a six-week booking at London’s famed nightclub,Talk of the Town, it looks like Garland is set firmly on the comeback trail.The failed marriages, the suicide attempts and the addictions are all behind her. At 46, and with new flame, Mickey Deans, at her side, she seems determined to carry it off and recapture her magic.
“End of the Rainbow” is a savagely funny drama featuring a glorious collection of Judy Garland hits, and infused with the glamour and the melancholy of stardom.

Annie Barker appears in the role of Judy Garland. Ms. Barker brings a wealth of talent to “End of the Rainbow.” She has studied classical vocal technique since the age of 16. At Shreveport Opera, she has appeared in La Traviata, Carmen, The Pirates of Penzance, and Dead Man Walking. Barker has also performed in the musicals, Chicago, Seussical, and Working, as well as roles in last season’s The Haunting of Hill House, The Game’s Afoot, and Neil Simon’s Rumors.

The cast includes Andrew Buel, Jesse Kortus and Andrew Palmintier, all most recently seen on the Canterbury stage this season in Graceland. Direction for End of the Rainbow is by Canterbury veteran, Elise Birmingham, an actress-director currently located in Chicago. Birmingham most recently appeared at Canterbury in Last Train to Nibroc in 2017. John Berst serves as musical director for the production, with choreography by Rosa Campbell. Scenic design is handled by Michael Rogers.The lighting designer is Adam Whisman, with costuming by Lari Leber. Allison Claggett is production stage manager.

Canterbury performances are at 2:00 PM on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 pm on Fridays, and Saturdays at 6:30 pm.Ticket prices are $16.00-$17.00, with discounts for seniors and students. There will be no performance on Wednesday, July 4. To reserve tickets, call (219) 874-4269 or e-mail

Canterbury Summer Theatre, one of the Midwest’s oldest professional summer companies, is produced under the auspices of the Canterbury Guild, a nonprofit arts organization, which also manages the Canterbury Winter Arts Series, as well as monthly Open Mic Nights for area performers.      


Sue Baxter

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