In vaudeville from age 2, by age 17 she won the world’s heart in The Wizard of Oz, becoming MGM’s top musical star — and by age 28 was tossed aside as a “has been.” With fascinating behind the scenes stories and exciting video clips of Garland in action, Morristown author and entertainment historian John Kenrick explains how this powerhouse performer’s emotional and chemical demons kept her teetering between professional and personal triumphs and tragedies. A frank but affectionate celebration of a legendary talent.
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Our speaker: John Kenrick has worked in the theatre at every level from amateur to Broadway, and was personal assistant to six Tony Award-winning producers, including the team behind the original production of Rent. He has taught musical theatre at NYU’s Steinhardt School, The New School University, and Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. He’s appeared on NPR, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsday, as well as PBS, A&E’s Biography, BBC TV and The Travel Channel among others. He is the creator of the popular website Musicals101.com, and his books include “Musical Theatre: A History,” which just received a new 10th Anniversary edition. “John didn’t just make me laugh – he made me care.”