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Rufus Does Judy

“Not even Madonna has attempted anything so ambitious.”
— New York Times


"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

— New York Times
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.

Participating Artists

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Rufus Wainwright
Rufus Wainwright

Praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer songwriter has released seven studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums, including the fantastic Grammy nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, which captured his celebrated Judy Garland tribute performance at the London Palladium in 2007, and the album Release The Stars which went Gold in Canada and the U.K.

Rufus will celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with the release of his latest album Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets on Deutsche Grammophon worldwide April 22nd, 2016. Performers on the new record include Rufus’ sister Martha Wainwright, vocalist Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine, German soprano Anna Prohaska; multiple Grammy-nominated composer and producer Marius de Vries; Sián Phillips, Peter Eyre who provides the introduction, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. British actress Helena Bonham Carter, Americans Carrie Fisher and William Shatner, best-known for Star Wars and Star Trek respectively, and the 92-year-old Inge Keller – one of the great names of German theatre. Read More (PDF) >

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Creative Team

Stephen Oremus is the recipient of two Tony awards (Best Orchestrations) and two Grammy awards (Best Musical Theater Album) for his work on The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots. His illustrious career includes credits in Broadway productions, off-Broadway stages, films, TV shows and more. Stephen served as music director/conductor for Rufus Does Judy, Rufus Wainwright’s recreation of Judy Garland's legendary 1961 concert, at Carnegie Hall, New York City; the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles; The Palladium, London; and the Olympia, Paris. He also was the music director and conductor for House of Rufus at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.

Rufus Wainwright

Martha Wainwright and China Forbes

Stephen Oremus

Jared Geller and David J. Foster at Carnegie Hall June 14 & 15, 2006

Buddy Bregman, Jack Cathcart, Roger Edens, Gordon Jenkins, Mort Lindsey, Jack Marshall, Hugh Martin, Skip Martin, Harold Mooney, Norrie Paramor, Nelson Riddle, Conrad Salinger, and Kay Thompson

Jon Charles & Christopher Jahnke