written by John Meyer
directed by Michael Bush
music direction by Don Rebic
choreography by Randy Skinner
sponsored by Mannix Marketing
Final Performance tonight at 7:30 pm
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. Meyer’s tunes, including “I Want to Hate Myself in the Morning” were sung by Garland on national TV, and will be part of the show’s score.
A world premiere to remember
ATF is proud to present the world premiere of this amazing true story starring Broadway leading lady and two-time Tony® nominee Christine Andreas as the superbly gifted yet supremely tortured singer.
“Andreas’ fabulous voice soars above the audience and fills the theatre with a Judy Garland who is living out Meyer’s songs” — Bonnie J. Ross, The Post-Star.
NYC Actors Doug Trapp and Ian Lowe complete the cast. The piece is under the direction of Michael Bush. Designers James Noone, Kevin Adams, Karen Ledger and Scott O’Brien will design the sets, lights, costumes and sound for the production. Randy Skinner will choreograph.
John Meyer is a noted songwriter, memoirist and novelist. He has been entranced by musicals ever since he saw Dumbo fly with his ears in 1942. A native New Yorker, Meyer attended the University of Chicago. Back in NYC, he became a founding member of the BMI workshop and devoted himself to original musicals, writing both script and songs (with Paul Bartel) for the feature film Not For Publication and Gershwin’s Trunk, an episode of the TV series The Amazing Stories (featuring Carrie Fisher) that became a favorite of producer Steven Spielberg. His original musical, The Betrayal of Nora Blake had an extended run at London’s prestigious Jermyn Street theatre. John has written comedy material for Joan Rivers, Linda Lavin, Linda Eder, Eartha Kitt, and Margaret Whiting. His memoir, Heartbreaker, published in 2006, about his attempt to rescue Judy Garland from her demons led to this dramatization. Garland sang four of his tunes on national TV in 1968-’69. His songs are available in a collection called Bringin’ Out the Beast. The memoir, Heartbreaker, is available at Amazon.com and will also be available in the theater’s lobby.
Michael Bush (director). Credits include the off-Broadway revival of Cactus Flower and he won the 2009 Award for Excellence in Direction for the world premiere musical Hurricane produced in the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival. He is the former director of artistic production and associate artistic director for the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City. He was associated with MTC for over 25 years and helped artistically guide more than 150 new plays and musicals, including the Tony® Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof, and Doubt, and the Tony® Award winning Love! Valour! Compassion!. He was instrumental in the rebirth of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Cabaret & Performance Conference and served as its artistic director from 2005 – 2012. Under his guidance the conference has developed over 70 new shows, revues, and intimate musicals including Title of Show and The Story of My Life, both of which were produced on Broadway. He is currently the artistic director of ONSTAGE in New York City; an education program that teaches playwriting to high school and middle school students. He has directed in the Capital District at Capital Repertory Theater (Cactus Flower and The Sisters Rosensweig).