Luft's Songs My Mother Taught Me Finishes 21 AugDate: 26 July 2004
Songs My Mother Taught Me, the one-woman show about and performed by Lorna Luft, the daughter of late screen and singing legend Judy Garland and half-sister of Liza Minnelli, will finish a week early at the West End’s Savoy Theatre (See News, 18 May 2004). Opened on 6 July 2004 (previews from 1 July), it had been booking up to 28 August and will now close on 21 August.
In Songs My Mother Taught Me, Luft shares her story about growing up as the daughter of one of the world’s most famous entertainers, while celebrating her mother’s musical legacy. The show includes such Garland standards as “Come Rain or Shine”, “For Me and My Gal”, “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”, “You Made Me Love You” and “The Trolley Song”.
On stage, Luft is supported by a ten-piece orchestra, using Garland’s original arrangements, led by Luft’s husband Colin Freeman as musical director, as well as a video backdrop of rare Garland footage and family photo album memorabilia. Songs My Mother Taught Me is written by Mitzie and Ken Welch.
As a child, Luft shared the stage with her mother numerous times, including during a month-long engagement at Broadway’s Palace Theater. Her other US stage credits include Snoopy, Extremities, Grease, The Boy Friend, Carnival, They’re Playing Our Song, Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors and Mame. Her screen credits include Grease 2.
In 1998, Luft published her autobiography Me and My Shadows: Living with the Legacy of Judy Garland, which was made into a multi award-winning US television mini-series.
In London, Songs My Mother Taught Me is produced by Lee Menzies. A new show for the Savoy Theatre has not yet been announced.
- by Terri Paddock