Judy Garland concert headed for theaters
May 30th, 2011
05:28 PM ET

Judy Garland concert headed for theaters

Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers have all seen their tours get transferred to the big screen, and now an unlikely star is getting the concert-film treatment: late Hollywood legend Judy Garland.

According to the L.A. Times, Garland's historic 1961 Carnegie Hall concert will be turned into a documentary courtesy of filmmakers Steven Lippman, Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein. Though Garland's comeback performance earned critical raves, countless standing ovations, and spawned a chart-topping double album, no footage exists of the actual event.

"The concert is a cultural touchstone, something I remember vividly as a kid," Friedman tells the L.A. Times. "It's a magical moment in theatrical history. And yet there's almost no record of it."

Until now.

The filmmakers hope to re-create the Carnegie Hall experience with "Stay All Night," a documentary that will combine music snippets with new interviews of people who witnessed the show. The movie will focus on the connection between Garland and her audience that evening, and the team hopes to evoke that same feeling for those seated in theaters.

"There's an opportunity to create what it's like to be in the presence of transcendent artistry," Friedman says. "The trick is to capture these unguarded moments and make the audience feel like they were there."

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  1. Alone...

    I loved her in oz.

    June 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BabyGumm

    Judy's life was not a train wreck, nor is she a tragic figure. Her failures and heartaches are no different from our own. Watch a few videos of hers on YouTube, especially 'Old Man River', 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic', and "'Sail Away'. She is a powerhouse...a force of nature. Then listen to 'I've Confessed to the Breeze', 'Smile', and 'Memories of You'...unbelievable control and sophistication. Finish up with 'Alone Together', and 'Rockabye Your Baby'...then you'll know 'why' people would pay to see this event. God Bless you, Judy...

    June 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. flex

    What is sad, is that Judy has more talent in her dead left pinky finger than Perry, Spears,Hilton,Aguleria combined. Most of todays' stars just pale in comparrison

    May 31, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rastas

      She may have been mega talented but she was a total train wreck when it came to her personal life. She makes Spears, Hilton and Lohan look like choirgirls compared to her.

      May 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Freddie

    The blog isn't what's meaningless.

    May 31, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chucklehead

      Very original. How long did it take your tiny little brain to come up with that witty reply? I see intelligence doesn't run in your family.

      May 31, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Freddie

    It's even more depressing that some people can't spell truly.

    May 31, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Chucklehead

      What's TRULY depressing is that some people have to constantly spell check others on meaningless blogs.

      May 31, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chucklehead

    Why? Hasn't she been dead for decades? The truely sad part is that people, and I use that term loosely, will pay money to see this.

    May 31, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • barblil9

      It doesn't matter that Judy has crossed over; her transcendent talent lives on, and I, for one, am dying to see her on the big screen!

      May 31, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • DD

      your screen name suits you perfectly, seriously.

      June 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. susana

    wait – wait a moment – when will this come to the theaters. I will even take a day off – more – tell me more !!!

    May 30, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sunshine Girl *

    Happy Memorial Day everyone. Be safe and have fun. Please no drunk driving! Thank you to all the soldiers who gave me the rights I have today.

    May 30, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Peace

    Everybody loved her in Wiz of Oz, of course, but man, talk about a rough life! Long w/e almost over, hope it was good for all !

    May 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |

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