End Of The Rainbow opens at Laguna Playhouse this weekend

Laguna Playhouse presents the second show in its 98th season, Angela Ingersoll starring as Judy Garland in the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts/McCoy Rigby Entertainment production of the critically acclaimed End of The Rainbow. The show previews on Wednesday, Aug 8 at 7:30 p.m.; opens on Sunday, Aug 12 at 5:30 p.m.; and runs through Sunday, Sept 2. It is recommended for audiences 12 and older.

End of The Rainbow was written by Peter Quilter, with musical direction by Jon Steinhagen, and directed by Ovation Award winner Michael Matthews. 

Executive Director Ellen Richard comments, “Angela Ingersoll gives one of the most stunning and heartbreaking performances you will ever see as Judy Garland in her final days. It’s simply a tour-de-force performance that is not to be missed.” 

Adds Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham, “We are honored to be presenting this extraordinary production under the exquisite direction of the incomparable Michael Matthews at our theatre.”

Angela Ingersoll’s “powerful, breathtaking performance” (Broadway World) as Judy Garland takes the audience back to December 1968 when Garland is about to make her comeback….again. 

Featuring some of Garland’s most memorable songs, “You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want To Do it),” “For Me And My Gal,” “The Trolley Song,” ”The Man That Got Away,” and, of course, “Over the Rainbow,” this savagely funny play offers a unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of America’s most beloved figures.

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Angela Ingersoll is Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow, previewing at Laguna Playhouse on Wednesday and opening to the public on Sunday 

Michael Matthews has directed many productions at Laguna Playhouse, such as The Graduate and Twelve Angry men, as well as in theatres all over the country. He has received many nominations and awards, including for Very Still and Hard To See (LA Weekly Nominations Best Director and Best Production, Play; World Premiere), The Color Purple, and The Musical (Ovation and LA Weekly Awards Best Director and Best Production, Musical), to name a few. Matthews is the recipient of the 2015 LADCC Award for Career Achievement in Direction and was nominated for Artist of the Year by the Laguna Beach Arts Alliance in 2018.

Playwright Peter Quilter’s plays have been produced in 40 countries around the world and translated into 30 languages. He has had three successful shows in London’s West End, a hit run on Broadway, and has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award, for Best New Play and Best New Comedy. End of The Rainbow had its world premiere at the iconic Sydney Opera House in Australia in 2005. The show ran for 176 performances at the Belasco Theatre, had a rave review in the New York Times, and received three Tony Award nominations. 

Jon Steinhagen (Musical Director/Anthony) is thrilled to be making his Laguna Playhouse debut; he previously appeared in the role in the Porchlight Music Theatre and McCoy Rigby Entertainment (at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts) productions. Steinhagen has received four Joseph Jefferson Awards and 11 nominations for his work in Chicago theater. 

He is an alumni Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a member of the Dramatists Guild. His numerous plays and musicals have been produced nationally and in the UK. He has authored a collection of stories, The Big Book of Sounds, and a forthcoming novel, The Hanging Artist.

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End of The Rainbow runs through September 2

Angela Ingersoll (Judy Garland) garnered Chicago’s Jeff Award nomination, a Time Out Chicago Award nomination, and “Top Performances of the Year” honors from both Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times for her star turn as Judy Garland at Porchlight Music Theatre. A recipient of numerous awards and nominations, her theatre credits are vast and nationwide. 

Ingersoll and husband Michael produce the Artists Lounge Live concert series. Her many national concert credits include recently partnering with Garland’s son for Joey Luft and Angela Ingersoll in Celebrate Judy Garland. Ingersoll also stars in in her filmed concert Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine, coming soon to Public Television. 

The cast of End of The Rainbow will also feature (in alphabetical order) Zachary Ford and Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper.

The Design Team is as follows: Scenic Design by Stephen Gifford; Lighting Design by Steven Young; Sound Design by Josh Bessom; Original Costume Design at Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago by Bill Morey & Props Design by Terry Hanrahan. Casting is by Julia Flores, and the Production Stage Manager is John W. Calder III.

The season is generously underwritten by The Hale Family.

End of The Rainbow performances (after the preview on August 8 and opening on August 12) will be Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday and Saturday at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. There will no performance on Thursday, Aug 16 or Thursday, Aug 30 at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug 18 at 2 p.m. or Sunday, Aug 26 at 5:30 p.m. 

Tickets range from $75 - $105 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229.  Prices subject to change.    

The box office is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days); and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For more information on all shows and programming, visit website www.lagunaplayhouse.com.