When Dorothy Gale entered Oz, Judy Garland entered immortality. "The Wizard of Oz" has been seen by almost every child who has seen a movie. "Over The Rainbow"  is number one on the "Songs of the Century" list compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. The American Film Institute also ranked "Over the Rainbow" the greatest movie song of all time on the list of "AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs".  Judy will live forever in our hearts. 


Frank Sinatra, 'The Chairman of the Board' considered Judy "The World’s Greatest Entertainer".

Our book show, JUDY GARLAND "World's Greatest Entertainer" is set in a TV studio in 1961, days after her performance in New York's Carnegie Hall, an event that a NY Times columnist called 'a spiritual experience, the musical equivalent of a Billy Graham revival'.

The show is a takeoff of the popular TV show of the '60's and '70's, "This Is Your Life", now titled "Celebrity Story". BUT, rather than the preachers, teachers and next door neighbors, Judy's surprise guests are Frank, Dean and Liza (no last names needed!)  The four icons sing their legendary signature songs and Frank and Dean do their amusing Rat Pack schtick. 

The Emcee, Walter Mitchell, sits with Judy as her life - and her music - is chronicled both in dialogue and the use of 80+ graphics projected on a center stage screen. Her incandescent movie and stage career AND her incomparable gift for touching peoples’ souls are highlighted. Judy’s personal life was unstable and lonely – even while she was regarded as the brightest star in the MGM firmament.

From years of research on her life, your audiences will be shared facts that are stunning in counterpoint to her great achievements.

I wrote the show in 2007 and produced and directed then. After revisions it was revived as a "workshop" piece in 2016. The performances were well received. The 4 iconic entertainers are ageless. Their 'brands' are established and will endure forever.

Now it is available for your theatre.

Warm Regards

Greer Firestone, Playwright



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The theatrical 'conceit' is a TV show. TV shows have sponsors. We researched amusing ads on YouTube and selected 3 of Lustre Creme Shampoo. They were placed in the power point so they appear solely and on their own with no interruption by contemporary advertising.

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Judy Garland "World's Greatest Entertainer"

Book by Greer Firestone

 

6 minute highlight video from workshop  JUDY GARLAND

​​​​​​​​ACT I TUNES




1) GET HAPPY– Judy

2) ZING WENT THE STRINGS – Judy

3) ROCK A BYE YOUR BABY – Liza

4) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME– Judy & Frank & Dean / TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS – Frank / KICK IN THE HEAD - Dean

5) BABES IN ARMS MEDLEY - BABES IN ARMS - Ensemble; WHERE OR WHEN - Dean; LADY IS A TRAMP - Frank; JOHNNY ONE NOTE - Judy & Liza

6) BOY NEXT DOOR – Judy    TROLLEY SONG – Judy and Liza

7) SMILE – Judy

8) BIRTH OF THE BLUES - Ensemble


ACT II TUNES


9) FRIENDSHIP – Judy & Frank / ANYTHING YOU CAN DO – Judy & Liza / YOU’RE THE TOP -Dean & Judy / Ensemble - FROM THIS MOMENT ON - Ensemble

10) THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY - Judy

11) CABARET MEDLEY – WILKOMMEN, MAYBE THIS TIME, CABARET - Liza

12) THE ONE I LOVE BELONGS TO SOMEBODY ELSE - Frank & Dean

13) IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR - Ensemble

14) NEW YORK NEW YORK - Liza & Frank

15) EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY SOMETIME - Dean

16) MY WAY - Frank

17) A COUPLE OF SWELLS - Judy & Liza

18) OVER THE RAINBOW - Judy

 

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DIALOGUE SAMPLES


Walter(Emcee) & Judy


WALTER

            You're Judy Garland star! To Culver City, home of MGM, came the most glamorous people on the globe. Celebrities whose faces were more familiar to the public than princes and presidents, popes and potentates. More stars than in the heavens.


JUDY

            It feels like my second life began on an MGM lot, at the age of 12.


WALTER

 The motion picture musical “Babes In Arms” starring you and Mickey Rooney was released in 1939.  That same year another film was released that would quickly reach iconic status, going on to become one of the most beloved films ever created. I speak, of course, of “The Wizard Of Oz.” It had taken only 4 years to turn Frances "Babe" Gumm into Judy Garland, box office sensation.


JUDY

(reaches out to Walter, contemplative) I've always taken The Wizard of Oz seriously, you know. I believe in the idea of the rainbow.  I've spent my life trying to get find it and get over it.

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WALTER
Mr. Sinatra, you were under contract with MGM as well?

FRANK
            My first movie was called “Reveille with Beverly” and....

DEAN
          ...and Frank stayed with Beverly every night to make sure she made reveille. I know Beverly. She’s been on more laps than a napkin.

FRANK
            Judy was starring on another sound stage on the lot in…

JUDY
            “Girl Crazy”, with Mickey and music by George Gershwin.

DEAN
            And Frank went girl crazy with a couple a’ them as well. The chorus girls were great frater…frater…


JUDY

            Fraternizers?
DEAN
            Yeah, right.  At MGM that was defined as getting social without your clothes on!


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LIZA


            I will never forget, I was sitting by myself at one of mama’s parties, I was about eight, nursing a Coca-Cola. A columnist sat down beside me and said, “Lisa, I want to tell you something”… I looked at him and said “My name is Liza, with a Z!” He apologized. He told me he saw Al Jolson sing live back in the day. I looked up at him and said, 'what does back in the day mean?'. He smiled and went on. Back in the dark ages before TV, Jolson was called “The World’s Greatest Entertainer”. I have seen your mother sing live. There WAS Al Jolson. There IS Judy Garland. The torch has been passed.

My father gave me my dreams, my mother gave me my drive. Mama…this is for you. Rock A Bye Baby.


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WALTER

            Hollywood, this city of Oz fabricated dreams the way Detroit manufactured cars and DuPont spun nylon. And yet Judy, to you, Hollywood may very well have been an evil parody of the land of Oz. MGM had absolute control over employees. The system was something quite different from what the public saw as “glamour”. The system…


JUDY

            Call it by its right name: indentured servitude. I was personal property stamped with Leo The Lion right here. In those days Mickey and I worked 12 hours a day, six days a week. We went to school on the lot. Most of the time we were shooting one movie in the morning and rehearsing for the next one in the afternoon.


WALTER

            To MGM you and your fellow child actors were commodities. Already in your early teens you suffered your most irrevocable loss…your childhood.


JUDY

            Everyone told me what to do, where to go, how to act. I never went to a prom

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DEAN
            I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Judy, did I tell you what happened to me yesterday on the way up to my hotel room?


JUDY

I've been trying unsuccessfully to ignore but, ok, tell me.

DEAN
             Well, I was beaten up by a busty woman in the elevator.
JUDY
            No! Really?

DEAN
            I was staring at her boobs when she said, “would you please press 1?” …So I did. I don’t remember much after that.  (x to bar with Frank) C’mon Frankie, lets go and get another drink.