Note: This show contains adult language and not suitable for children.
End of the Rainbow is generously sponsored in part by Shoff Darby Insurance Agency
Fairfield County Professional Premiere
END OF THE RAINBOW
Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm & 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
at MUSIC THEATRE OF CONNECTICUT
509 Westport Avenue (Route 1) in Norwalk
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MTC MainStage presents
END OF THE RAINBOW
by Peter Quilter
Lighting Design by Michael Blagys
Set Design by Jordan Janota
Costume Design by Diane Vanderkroef
Stage Managed by Jim Schilling
Directed by Kevin Connors
About END OF THE RAINBOW
The Broadway smash about the later years of the legendary Judy Garland.
It's December 1968 and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback...again. In a London hotel room, with both her new young fiancé and her adoring accompanist, Garland struggles to get "beyond the rainbow" with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit. Featuring some of Garland's most memorable songs, this savagely funny play with music offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American history.
“Sensational—in every sense of the word!”
- Ben Brantley, The New York Times.
New England Premiere of Judy Garland Musical End of the Rainbow at MTC MainStage in Norwalk
- Broadway smash End of the Rainbow presented in Connecticut’s most intimate theatre setting
- Starring Broadway’s Coleen Sexton as Judy Garland
NORWALK, CT – Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage, Fairfield County’s professional award-winning theatre company, closes its 30th Anniversary Season with the New England premiere of Peter Quilter’s musical End of the Rainbow. The production runs April 7-23. Staged in a state-of-the-art 110-seat theatre, MTC’s production of End of the Rainbow presents Broadway talent in Connecticut’s most intimate theatregoing experience.
It's December 1968 and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback...again. In a London hotel room, with both her new young fiancé, Mickey Deans, and her adoring accompanist, Anthony, Garland struggles to get "beyond the rainbow" with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit. Featuring some of Garland's most memorable songs, including the classic “Over the Rainbow,” this savagely funny musical pays homage to one of America’s most beloved and talented figures.
Leading the End of the Rainbow cast is Coleen Sexton as Judy Garland. Sexton appeared on Broadway in the original company of Jekyll and Hyde. Her national touring credits include playing Elphaba in Wicked, and Brooke in Legally Blonde. Sexton’s regional credits include Donna in Mamma Mia, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. Sexton has also appeared on television shows Law and Order and As the World Turns. Luke Darnell portrays fiance Mickey Deans. Darnell most recently played Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash in the Las Vegas production of Million Dollar Quartet. His Off-Broadway credits include Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac. Darnell’s regional credits include Sam Phillips in MDQ, Sykes in Oliver!, Jake in The Understudy, and Roderigo in Othello. Film and TV credits include Gotham, Ghost Whisperer, General Hospital, Alien Agent, and Momsters.
Rounding out the cast are Thomas Conroy as Anthony and Matt Densky as BBC Interviewer and others. Conroy also serves as musical director, with previous MTC MainStage credits including the critically-acclaimed Gypsy earlier this season. Densky’s credits include the MTC MainStage production of David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries.
Kevin Connors, MTC’s co-founder and Executive Artistic Director, directs End of the Rainbow. The creative team includes set design by Jordan Janota, lighting by Michael Blagys and costumes by Diane Vanderkroef. Jim Schilling stage manages the production. Thomas Conroy is the musical director.
The MTC MainStage 30th Anniversary Season is generously sponsored in part by The State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and The Hour/Hearst Connecticut Media Group. End of the Rainbow is generously sponsored in part by Shoff Darby Insurance Agency.
THOMAS CONROY (Anthony / Musical Director) is thrilled to be playing Anthony in End of the Rainbow. Recent work includes Captain Scott and providing music direction for Peter and the Starcatcher at Cider Mill Playhouse. He is a member of the T. Schreiber Studios, NYC, where he studies with Peter Jensen and where he just completed a three-week run of Jim Gordon's The First Bridge as part of the Schreiber Shorts 2017. At the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, Tom played Herbie in Precious Nonsense last fall. Other recent credits include:Violet as music director at Festival 56 in Princeton, IL; Almost Heaven: John Denver's America as director and music director on Hilton Head Island, SC; 8-Track as music director at Shadowlands Theatre in Ellenville, NY; and Gypsy as music director at MTC MainStage. He spent the winter and spring of 2016 on tour with In The Mood, a 1940s big band swing show. Education: Rice University, Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition; St. John's College, Santa Fe, Master of Liberal Arts (Great Books program and Homeric Greek); San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Master of Music, Composition; Royal Nation Theatre of London, Classical training program. National tours: Grease (straight A quartet), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (prisoner Fuentes), Crazy For You (Wyatt), Cabaret (Cliff) and The Paris Lido (specialty act). thomasmartinconroy.weebly.com
LUKE DARNELL (Mickey Deans) A fourth-generation performer, Luke’s family legacy includes vaudeville, Broadway and film/TV. Most recent roles: Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash in the Las Vegas production of Million Dollar Quartet, Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac Off-Broadway. Regional favorites: MDQ (Sam Phillips), Oliver! (Sykes), The Understudy (Jake), Othello (Roderigo), The Buddy Holly Story (Norm Petty, Tommy). Film/TV: Gotham, Ghost Whisperer, General Hospital, Alien Agent, Momsters. Thanks to all at Matthew Corozine Studio and The Roster Agency. LukeDarnell.com
MATT DENSKY (BBC Interviewer / Porter / ASM) is happy to be back at MTC MainStage after appearing as Crumpet in The Santaland Diaries. His credits include performing Young Max in How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Madison Square Garden and playing Scuttle/Flotsam in the US Regional Premiere of Disney's The Little Mermaid. Recent regional roles include Rock of Ages (Franz), The Full Monty (Malcolm), Man of La Mancha (Sancho), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Jimmy) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck). BFA – CCM. Thanks to Kevin, and love to Mom, Dad, and Chris! MattDensky.com
COLEEN SEXTON (Judy Garland) is thrilled to be at MTC! Her Broadway debut came at 19 in Jekyll and Hyde (Lucy), which was filmed opposite David Hasselhoff. She was last seen in Chess (Florence) at Pioneer Theatre Company. National tour: Wicked (Elphaba), Legally Blonde (Brooke), Chicago (various). Select regional: Mamma Mia (Donna), Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene). TV: Law and Order, As the World Turns. Love and thanks to Lisa Price/The Price Group!!!!
End of the Rainbow is presented by arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.