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Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz

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Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Great acting, Must see

About the show

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.

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Member Reviews (169)


Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Great acting, Must see
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Entertaining, Old fashioned, Great singing, Great music, Classic

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.

Also Even though there are the hints and signs of the problems to come, mos... Read more Read less

Delightful, Light, Entertaining, Interesting story, Great singing

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.

Masterful, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Ambitious

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.

Entertaining, Old fashioned, Great choreography, Great singing, Cliched

See it if you want to see a really well done, very old fashioned, MGM type musical

Don't see it if you need something original for your theater dollar

Also First, my lower score is probably because my driving thought while eva... Read more Read less

Seemed to last forever, Cliched, Banal

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.

Also The script started off looking like it was going to be a story about J... Read more Read less

Love letter to judy garland, Fluffy, "lovely"

See it if you are a fan of Garland or Oz.

Don't see it if you want a strong book - pretty straight-forward life story. Songs all sounded the same.


See it if Ruby Rukos and her right side profile nails it.

Don't see it if Some technical and theatrical rough spots.

Must see, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining, Exquisite

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

Nostalgic, Great singing, Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining

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

Ambitious, Cliched, Great singing

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.

Great dancing, Entertaining, Relevant, Enchanting, Delightful

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

Slightly saccharine, Wonderful voices, Great choreography, Entertaining

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

Work in progress, Ambitious, Cliched, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you like seeing works in progress that are rough around the edges, or you're drawn to anything Oz-centric.

Don't see it if you bore easily or you're expecting complete polish.

Slow, Great singing, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

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.

Fluffy, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if Someone gives you a free ticket. Honestly, this is just not worth your time

Don't see it if You are looking for an in depth joyful musical about Judy Garlands early life

Also Where do I begin. Great performances for Karen Mason and Max Von Essen... Read more Read less

Biographical, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You're a Judy Garland fan, or just a good biography &/or musical lover! The more mature the viewer the better! Look for another production

Don't see it if You haven't the slightest interest in Judy Garland's early life no matter how well the great musical numbers are performed!

Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You are a Judy fan You like movie musical history You enjoy TCM Movies

Don't see it if Not a fan of old movie musicals

Very good singing, Too long, Great tap dancing

See it if great dancing and singing makes a show for you.

Don't see it if a too long fragmented story won't appeal.

Also Ruby Rakos and Karen Mason are terrific. But since this is third time ... Read more Read less

Judy garland's early life, Gorgeous musical arrangements, Great lead & ensemble, Entertaining, Delightful

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.

Overrated, Disappointing, Best for garland fanatics and those who know nothing about her life

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.

Also Two pretty good, but far from Broadway level, dance numbers and good, ... Read more Read less

Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful, Great dancing, Entertaining

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.

Riveting, Must see, Enchanting, Great singing, Entertaining

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

Disappointing, Fluffy, Great staging, Great singing

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.

Somewhat expected, Slow, Quirky, Great dancing

See it if You like Judy Garland. Interesting to learn more about her life, especially before the Wizard of Oz.

Don't see it if You are looking for the wizard of oz.

Also Songs weren’t overly memorable. Choreography saved it. Slow at parts a... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy traditional broadway-style musicals with some great song and dance routines performed by an excellent cast.

Don't see it if you don't like traditional musicals

Also The first act was overly long and needed some editing. The second act ... Read more Read less

October 22nd, 2019
"Judy Garland Bio ‘Chasing Rainbows’ The biopic with Renée Zellweger is a perfect set-up for this new musical about Judy Garland's early years."
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October 9th, 2019
"Judy Garland Finally Gets a Happy Ending in 'Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz': Garland's rise to fame as 'the girl next door' at MGM is onstage at Paper Mill Playhouse."
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October 7th, 2019
"'CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ' at Paper Mill Playhouse-An Exhilarating New Musical Theatre Production"
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October 8th, 2019
"'Chasing Rainbows' is a lively, intelligently entertaining, 1930s jukebox musical. It is very well written, choreographed, directed and performed."
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