Commentary by Amy Pauszek
Artistic director for the Center for the Performing Arts and Founder of the Great American Songbook Foundation, Michael Feinstein stopped by to open Actors Theatre of Indiana’s production of “Beyond the Rainbow.” What a treat it was for the cast, crew and guests to have him stop by and give big kudos to for the hottest ticket in town directed by ATI’s own Don Farrell. The multi-talented cast includes three actresses who play various stages of Judy Garland along with the people who were part of her journey and path to stardom. ATI favorite alumni Katy Gentry who originated the role of Judy in ATI’s 2007 premiere, 2010 Songbook Ambassador superstar Annie Yokom and the sensational young actress Anjali Rooney came alive with their brilliant acting, singing and mannerisms of the late Garland. Roger Ortman, Dave Ruark and Grace Sell also play multiple roles throughout the show so it’s fun to see them shine. Everything about this show is spectacular. The songs, the glitz and story make this production a must see. Warning, if you happen to spot Where’s Amy singing and skipping around town belting out the hits and songs of Judy Garland don’t blame me, blame ATI for bringing back the iconic Judy Garland. Grab those ruby red slippers and let’s “Get Happy” together above and “Beyond the Rainbow.” Do not miss this show. Be sure to get your tickets today and be ready for the magic. For more, call 317-843-3800 or visit atistage.org.