Judy at Carnegie Hall Comes to the Cineplex!

Categories: Judy Garland

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I just heard the sound of 10 million gays of a certain age plotzing.

But let me explain.

Stay All Night -- a documentary exploring Judy Garland's legendary performance at Carnegie Hall (the April 23, 1961, show) -- has just gone into pre-production.

The film will use music from the concert as well as remembrances of those who were there to piece together what's been described as "the greatest night in show business history" (though of course they said that before Charlie Sheen's Violent Torpedo of Truth tour came around, nyuck nyuck.)

Steven Lippman is directing and the executive producers are Rob
Epstein
and Jeffrey Friedman, along with producer Mary Wharton.

Still on the floor?

Well, get up! We'll sing 'em all and we'll stay all night!


(Below photo of Judy at Carnegie Hall courtesy of the John Fricke collection.)

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29 comments
Martha
Martha

Stop already with the Judy only belongs to the gay community stuff. As a female fan since the 60s and of this recording since i first heard it at age 11 in 1969 (played for me by my mother, the original huge Garland fan in our household) .. as a now 52 year old woman .. Let's just accept Garland was for everyone, shall we? And we're all excited about this documentary ..

I've been following the publicity for this documentary (check out the web site and the facebook group the creators have had for a year or so) ... for some months. It appears to be proceeding carefully and respectfully. Bravo people.

DavidE
DavidE

The recording of that concert was on the best-seller list for YEARS. If only cameras had been present. But they didn't have the kind of lightweight equipment we have now back then. When you listen to the recording you can ALMOST see it.

"I'll sing 'em all and we'll stay all night!"

Never before and Never again!

Toby
Toby

I was 16 and I used to go to rock concerts. For some reason I got a ticket to the Judy Garland concert in 1968, her last tour. I wasn't gay then but remember being astounded by the reaction of all these men present at the concert, running down the aisles hand in the air all around the stage for Judy. She was electrifying to be sure. The most amazing performer I'd ever see in my life. No one equals Judy that night. She had the audience in the palm of her hand. No rock group could come close.

Rabbit
Rabbit

Dragged there at two months old, I was too spellbound to even crap my diaper!

Movielover
Movielover

Looking so forward to this! Though I am not quite of a certain age yet. I hope Liza is getting some of the $, Judy didn't get much of the tons of $ she made, thanks to criminal managers, accountants, etc. She called the 2 she dealt with (the most I think) Leopold & Loeb.

Pat Bradley
Pat Bradley

There's an insightful article about this in this month's Vanity Fair

TinaNina
TinaNina

just to clarify one of your comments Michael, there actually is silent footage of sections of judy at carnegie hall. clips of When You're Smiling, Almost Like Being in Love and some clowning can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Now, that's MY favorite album.

In the superb PBS documentary, "The Concert Years," they matched home movie footage of Judy at Carnegie Hall and other cities to album tracks. And there is also a bit of sound footage of Judy in concert in other cities. Thank producers Joan Kramer and David Keeley for this incredible program, which also has lots of numbers from her TV show before they were released on DVD.

Only saw Garland once -- at the Houston Astrodome concert, and she was in good-to-great voice and just tremendous. She wore the red suit from Helen Lawson's first scene in "Valley of the Dolls" (she took her entire wardrobe home with her when she got fired) and sang what she always jokingly claimed was impossible for her -- "a new song." It was Dean Martin's "Goin' Back to Houston," and she used sheet music.

And get this -- her opening act was THE SUPREMES, when they were still the original Supremes with Miss Diana Ross.

Guess I'm dating myself, but I have a friend who says that's the safest thing you can do nowadays.

MSpeer
MSpeer

I'd love to see the new film! I was only 5 a the time as well but oh, when you listen to the album, how I wish I could have been there.

John In OKC
John In OKC

My mother played this album over and over when I was a boy - think maybe this is what turned me gay?

latenitebump
latenitebump

the idea is from the this is it michael jackson film concert.

Musto
Musto

By the way, no footage exists of the concert--this was pre YouTube--but the movie will include stills, music, and reminiscences.

Musto
Musto

PS; In the audience that night were Richard Burton, Lauren Bacall, Nichols and May, Leonard Bernstein, Jerry Herman...

Paul
Paul

It was a performance of a life time. Wish I had been there. Although the Mary Martin/Ethel Merman show was pretty "fab" as well.

Klevey
Klevey

Something's not right.  In 1966- 1967 the Supremes were established.  They wouldn't have opened an act in 1966-1967, yes?

Movielover
Movielover

Weren't you already playing sexy games with your (boy) friends?

Movielover
Movielover

I wish they'd make some new ones! I have seen the old ones as many times as the Golden Girls! Wasn't Rosanne supposed to make some AbFabs and then I think delightful Johanna Lumley said something about new episodes recently.

Paul
Paul

It's already started on Logo...Sweety Dahling

Scudder00
Scudder00

Ab Fab has been on Logo for a few weeks now and is on every Thursday Night at 9PM. Also if one has the Judy album all the attendees that were/are anybody are listed in the notes. Didn't see anyone named Musto, don't you dare say you were just a tot either.

Norbr
Norbr

That is absolutely fabulous - adored the show - no I LOVED it !!

ann onymous
ann onymous

and:-Marilyn Monroe-Ingrid Bergman-Ethel Merman-Truman Capote-Bette Davis-Lucille Ball-Julie Andrews-Carol Channing-Diahann Carroll-Ann Miller-Barbara Cook-Hedda Hopper-Tammy Grimes-Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse-June Allyson-Olivia DeHavilland-Jean Stapleton-Lainie Kazan-Chita Rivera-Jane Fonda-Anna Maria Alberghetti-Elaine Stritch-Kaye Ballard

Gummedup Theworks
Gummedup Theworks

roughly quoted from Sid Luft's bio on Judy: "Hedda Hopper was standing at the edge of the stage with tears streaming down her face, reaching out to touch Judy Garland -- Now I've never seen anything like that before in my life."-- Rex Reed

Paul
Paul

Was that for Judy or Mary and Ethel?

John In OKC
John In OKC

Come to think of it, it was around that time I played my first game of "doctor" ...

Musto
Musto

Um, sweetie, darling, Logo is showing OLD episodes of AbFab. I'm talking about how new episodes are being shot. Got it?

Musto
Musto

Logo is showing repeats. The news is that there are new episodes are being shot. Can't anyone bother to click a link anymore?

Musto
Musto

I was five years old, but still, I should have been there!

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