Paper Mill Playhouse's new musical chronicles Judy Garland’s early career from vaudeville baby to MGM teen star in the making, and features such classics as “Over the Rainbow” and “You Made Me Love You.” More…
From the show:
Before she burst onto the big screen as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland was a young vaudeville trouper named Frances Gumm. In this highly anticipated new musical chronicling Garland’s early career from vaudeville baby to MGM teen star in the making, the road to Oz is paved with adversity. At its heart a story of love between a father and daughter, featuring such legendary songs as “Over the Rainbow,” “You Made Me Love You,” and “Everybody Sing,” Chasing Rainbows is a poignant coming-of-age tale about “the little girl with the big voice,” who went on to become one of the world’s most beloved entertainment icons.
See it if you enjoy 1920's-30's music. A jukebox of beautiful tunes with many updated lyrics. A tame/safe telling of Judy's early life. Great staging.
Don't see it if you expect the bluntness and grit of the "Judy" movie.
See it if You are interested in Garland. I didn't know too much about her life before OZ so it was interesting. Loved Margherita as Ethel Gumm.
Don't see it if If you are expecting drama. Theres a tiny bit but this is a pretty lighthearted musical.
See it if A really great show that takes you back to yesteryear. Very insightful about her amd oz. And its details.
Don't see it if If you do not like old fashion type of shows.
See it if you want to see a talented cast performing in a weak script.
Don't see it if you have seen the film Judy - the young Judy is good in this play, but the book needs work and some of the choices of songs were odd.
See it if Loved this story behind the scenes of Oz. Songs were great. Acting great. A must see!
Don't see it if You do not like Judy Garland. Otherwise must see this
See it if like Judy Garland, old-time Hollywood musicals, big productions numbers. It's both fun and sentimental. Cast is fantastic
Don't see it if you don't like musicals of the 30's and 40's
See it if You enjoy well sung songs, great production values and terrific performances.
Don't see it if You want something fresh or new. However factual it may be, act 1 is essentially the same as Gypsy. The 2nd act is similar to Funny Girl.
See it if you want to see how Baby Frances Gumm became Judy Garland and all she had to go through to get there
Don't see it if you are looking for a Wizard of Oz rehash...there are ruby slippers and some references to it but that's all
See it if you know the story of Judy' s early life. Music is old standards. Ruby Rakos does a great job of bringing judy to life but not imitating
Don't see it if No original music. story is a little too sweet -we know how it ends- in this telling judy's whole life is affected by her gay dad's death
See it if you are a Papermill Playhouse supporter - altho this performance puts a supremely talented cast in a banal play.
Don't see it if . .. just don't see it. Not worth a night out.
See it if you like movie star biopics with clever re-purposing of Judy Garland's many hit songs. For those who remember her and the studio system.
Don't see it if you have no idea who she is, the people in her career and what she is famous for.
See it if Seeing the movie Judy is insufficient for you or you cannot attend Broadway or Off Broadway shows
Don't see it if You want new insight into her early life; paying $10 for parking and a lot more for tickets annoys you.
See it if you love Judy and the music of her early career. Ruby Rakos is a star in the making. Some of the best choreography I've seen in a long time.
Don't see it if you are looking for a profound or well-written take on her life.
See it if The story of Judys life is painful but this show uses songs and great singing to make it understanding and why things happened in her life
Don't see it if if you want to see a light comedy
See it if you are a fan of Judy Garland and old Hollywood and love a good tap dance number!
Don't see it if you want more "serious" topics. There is a place for musicals that are truthful, light and fun while also dealing with real topics.
See it if you love the early songs of Judy Garland in a big Broadway production
Don't see it if you are looking for contemporary Broadway-style songs
See it if you are interested in a biopic of early Judy Garland with a great score.
Don't see it if you are not interested in a topic that has been done several times with full knowledge of the eventual life spiral.
See it if want a relatively saccharine telling of Garland's early days with fantastic vocals, superb choreography, and overtones of Oz throughout
Don't see it if expecting the density of big production numbers typically seen in "classic" MGM musicals