THE new production of Judy at the Strand Theatre, Aldwych, is Terry Wale's first play for the theatre although he does have credits as a director which include The Elephant Man and Amadeus.
This zippy, zany and emotionally gripping musical tells the story of the unique artiste Judy Garland, the little girl whose pursuit of life long happiness made her a living legend. She was exploited by Hollywood unwisely and inhumanely. At the tender age of 13 she fell victim to its fairy tale values and later prey to drug addiction, alcoholism and suicide.
Leslie Mackie's powerful portrayal of Judy is not to be missed. She captivated the audience and was given a standing ovation.
The entire show was a competing and entertaining tribute, dispersed with Judy Garland's songs. What a shame it had to be marred by the use of the inevitable four letter words and bad language.
Mary Jane Franks