"The greatest night in show business" is brought to life once again as Canadian singer Rufus Wainwright remounts his recreation of Judy Garland's iconic 1961 Carnegie Hall show.
A tour de force of politically empowering performance art
On April 23, 1961, show business legend Judy Garland put on a concert at Carnegie Hall that reignited her career that and solidified her status as an icon for the LGBT community. In 2006, Canadian singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright teamed up with Broadway legend Stephen Oremus and a 36-piece orchestra to pay tribute to "the greatest night in show business" with an epic recreation of Garland's original show. Wainwright took the stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Palladium, Paris’ Olympia and L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl – all the same venues Garland performed in decades earlier. The shows were a critically-acclaimed, sold-out sensation, with the who’s-who of the industry lining up to get in. After the Carnegie Hall show The Guardian gushed “every male couple in New York was there - and Sarah Jessica Parker.” The live recording, Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall
, garnered a 2009 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
Now, ten years later, Rufus Does Judy at the Hearn Generating Station, giving Toronto audiences a chance to see the iconic production like never before. Wainwright, an icon himself, carries on Garland's legacy with his signature showmanship, energy, and style, with special guest stars. Including beloved hits such as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", "Stormy Weather", and "Chicago", it's sure to be just as fun and fabulous as before. Wainwright's last appearance at Luminato, the 2014 concert If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway
, sold out. Make sure you don't miss this historical event.
Presented in collaboration with Pride Toronto as part of the city’s first-ever Pride Month.