10 Judy Garland Moments that prove she is and always will be the Queen of Queens. #JudyMoments
To celebrate the triumph that is Judy! – the biographical play with music that follows Judy Garland’s turbulent life and illustrious career – we asked you to tell us which historical #JudyMoment is your favourite. Join us as we count down your top 10 moments and fly over the rainbow all over again with the dazzling ensemble cast of Judy! at the Arts Theatre until June 17th (with No Booking Fees on all performances before June 10th).
Okay here we go…
10. This Gif.
No explanation required.
9. Every Single Moment of Meet Me In St. Louis.
Movie musicals don’t get much more joyous than Meet Me In St. Louis, largely (entirely) due to Judy’s historic performance as the sassy debutante Esther Smith. ♪♫♬Clang, clang, clang went the trolly! Ding, ding, ding went the bell. ♪♫♬
8. The Judy Garland Show!
The Judy Garland Show was a weekly musical variety show where Judy had free reign to sing, dance and chat. She shared many a saucy anecdote on the show and interviewed a plethora of epic stars including Lena Horne, Mickey Rooney, Barbra Streisand and Peggy Lee.
7. Anytime She Joined Forces with Ethel Merman.
Disclaimer: this video may cause an explosion of gayness.
6. Movie Musicals…
A Star Is Born, Easter Parade, For Me And My Gal, Lily Mars, the list goes on and on. Judy shaped the genre of the movie musical and made it all her own. Her iconic performances are still relevant today and continue to exhilarate movie audiences the world over.
5. When She Defended Her Gay Fanbase in 1967.
In 1967 it was not commonplace to hear a celebrity, let alone a Judy Garland caliber of celebrity speak up to defend the queer community. Skip to the 04:20 mark to see Judy quizzed about her gay following and shade the interviewer so hard “I’ll be damned if I’ll have my audience mistreated.” Go on Judy!
4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
Undeniably the best Christmas song of all time. Every diva of substance has covered this song – Barbra Streisand, Doris Day, Karen Carpenter… but none have come close to the vocal perfection of Judy.
3. When The Holy Trinity Came Together and nobody could chill because it was just too much.
As if Judy and Barbra Streisand wasn’t too much perfection for us to handle already, in this iconic episode of The Judy Garland show the legendary Ethel Merman surprises the girls on stage and the three of them burst in to a spontaneous rendition of Merman’s signature, There’s No Business Like Show Business. The whole scene is so overwhelmingly fabulous that it literally brings a tear to our eyes.
2. Liza Minelli.
The ultimate legacy, only someone as major as Judy Garland could give birth to someone as major as Liza with a Z. The divine mother-daughter duo took to the stage and screen together in Liza’s pre-Cabaret youth, in fact the two goddesses recorded an entire live album at The London Palladium in 1965 which is amazing, we encourage you to check it out (it’s on the youtube).
1. Somewhere Over The Rainbow and everything The Wizard of Oz.
I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore! It’s what Judy will always be remembered for, and it’s the best movie of all time. Full stop. Filled with iconic visuals, nuggets of dialogue and a performance of Somewhere Over The Rainbow that continues to delight and enthrall. Years later Judy was quoted as saying “I’ve always taken ‘The Wizard of Oz’ very seriously, you know. I believe in the idea of the rainbow. And I’ve spent my entire life trying to get over it.” us too Judy, us too. There are so many epic Judy moments in this film alone that it deserves it’s own list… watch this space!
Super-fans are flying to the West End from all over the world to celebrate Judy! in style. Don’t miss out, join the celebration! Check out the trailer below, narrated by West End legend, Elaine Paige.
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