Heartbreaker: Two Months with Judy Garland, Starring Christine Andreas, Premieres at Adirondack Fest June 26
By Adam Hetrick
Two-time Tony Award nominee Christine Andreas stars as Judy Garland in Heartbreaker: Two Months with Judy Garland, the stage premiere of John Meyer's 1983 book about his time with the iconic performer, which begins performances June 26 at the Adirondack Theatre Festival.
The production is staged by former Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Cabaret and Performance Conference artistic director Michael Bush. It has choreography by three-time Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner.
Featuring music direction by Don Rebic, Heartbreaker runs through July 3. The production features music by songwriter and author Meyer, including "I Want to Hate Myself in the Morning," which Garland performed.
The creative team is exploring a future life for Heartbreaker: Two Months with Judy Garland beyond the Adirondack Theatre Festival premiere.
Here's how it's billed: "In 1968, when he was 26, songwriter John Meyer met Judy Garland. The next two months were an emotional roller-coaster, but his life was changed forever. Inspired by his acclaimed memoir, Meyer brings to the stage the true story of his romance with a star whose flame was dying and how he attempts to rescue her from her self-destructive demons. From a bar on the Upper Eastside to living with Garland in his childhood bedroom at his parent's home to a London night club and many incredible adventures in between, Meyer's whirlwind tale is an authentic portrayal written by the man who lived it."
The cast also features Doug Trapp and Ian Lowe. Designers include James Noone (set design), Kevin Adams (lighting design), Karen Ledger (costume design) and Scott O’Brien (sound design).
Andreas earned Tony Award nominations for On Your Toes and Oklahoma! She also appeared on Broadway in The Scarlet Pimpernel, La Cage aux Folles, My Fair Lady and Angel Street. She starred as Margaret in the national tour of The Light in the Piazza.
Founded in 1995, Adirondack Theatre Festival is committed to producing new and contemporary works of theatre. ATF operates under a Small Professional Theatre Agreement with Actors' Equity Association.
The Charles R. Wood Theater is located at 207 Glen Street in downtown Glens Falls. For more information and tickets, call (518) 874‐8088 or visit ATFestival.org.
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