May 14: Connie Champagne

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Connie Champagne

Beyond the Rainbow

Thursday, May 14, 2015 8:00 PM

Feinstein’s at the Nikko
222 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


Connie-Champagne-Cabaret-Scenes-Magazine_212Ms. Champagne brings to the stage the illusion of the great Judy Garland like no one else.

 Beyond the Rainbow delivers Garland’s greatest hits along with Champagne’s take on contemporary songs that Garland never had a chance to sing.

From Gershwin to Gaga, Champagne imagines the repertoire that Garland would be singing  today.    She performs Broadway songs,       from     Dreamgirls to Hedwig  & the Angry Inch, and –of course– heartfelt ballads from the likes of Noël Coward (“If Love Were All”)  and John Lennon (“In My Life”). To round out the evening, Champagne gives us the rare tune or two which were written for but never recorded by Garland!

“Over the years people have requested songs they’d like to have heard Miss Garland perform,” Champagne explains, “Beyond the Rainbow includes our favorite numbers from the shows we’ve performed over the last ten years.”

Champagne is not a Garland impersonator–she’s an actress who sometimes plays the role of Judy Garland, and actually she plays it so well she’s been asked to revisit it again and again. In San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York she’s performed in intimate nightclubs and 14,000-seat theaters. She’s played the MGM Judy, the mature CBS Television Judy, she’s even played a deceased Judy in purgatory— but always a flesh and blood Judy with a heart and a soul.

Beyond the Rainbow promises to take die-hard Garland fans and the uninitiated alike on a new journey into uncharted territory, giving a new spin on one of the classic sounds of our time. This show is not to be missed.

“Ms. Champagne’s Judy Garland is a masterpiece of subtlety and homage.

” — The New York Times