Female impersonator Peter Mac is bringing his spot-on impersonation of everyone’s favorite diva to the stage for four nights this week in “The Judy Garland Christmas Special Live.” This show opens tomorrow night, Wednesday, December 14 and is an homage to one of the greatest performers of our time.
In her brief 47 years, Judy Garland accomplished a lot. She was a celebrated singer, both on record and live, and was renowned for her contralto voice. She was an international celebrity for her roles in musical and dramatic performances on film and on stage, most notably as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. She received multiple Grammy Awards, a Special Tony Award, was nominated for the Academy award for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress and was the youngest recipient, at 39, to recieve the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in the motion picture industry.
She also faced countless personal hurdles. She suffered from a poor self-image, financial instability, relationship difficulties that resulted in five marriages and four divorces and she suffered from alcoholism throughout much of her career. Sadly, she died too soon, of an accidental overdose of barbiturates in 1969, but she remains an icon in the gay, theatrical and cabaret communities to this day. Shw was listed as the 8th Greatest Female Stars of All Time by The American Film Institute and was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. And we’re still fortunate enough to see glimpses of Judy in the immense talents of her daughter Liza Minelli.
Tribute artist Peter Mac has perfected his Judy Garland so much that it’s as if Judy’s with us once again. Elliot Zwiebach of Cabaret Scenes says, ““When one watches and listens to Peter Mac perform as Garland, it’s hard to distinguish where reality ends and illusion begins… the vocals are so close and the re-creation so precise that it’s nearly impossible not to be taken in completely… every mannerism that Garland had is there….simply impeccable!”
Here’s a taste of his take on Garland as well as Peggy Lee, Katherine Hepburn and others.
Be sure to pick up your tickets right over here and don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience the magic of Judy Garland live in person courtesy of Peter Mac and a host of talented friends.