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‘The Incredible Judy Garland’ in Hancock

Patricia Reed as Judy Garland
Contributed photo

July 27, 2016

HANCOCK, NY — “The Incredible Judy Garland” will be at The Two Sister’s Emporium at 170 East Front St. on August 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. Show tickets cost $12, and a cold picnic buffet costs an additional $16.95

Written and directed by Judith Present, with musical director Elaine Reinhardt and starring Patricia Reed, this presentation brings alive the iconic songstress. Garland thrilled audiences throughout her career, but remained a tragic figure until the end of her life. The daughter of vaudeville professionals, she was born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922, in Grand Rapids, MN. She signed a movie contract with MGM at the age of 13. In 1939, she scored one of her greatest on-screen successes with “The Wizard of Oz.” In 1950, MGM dropped her from her contract and by the 1960s, she spent more time as a singer than an actress. She was a deeply sad celebrity who was unlucky in love even though she had five husbands. She died in 1969 of an accidental barbiturate overdose.

Reed gives a heartfelt performance of Garland’s story in songs from “Over the Rainbow” and “Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe” to her rendition of “By Myself.”

Reed recently took over the Hancock Opera House and has started to bring eclectic entertainment to the Hancock area. She has been singing since she was a small girl. Along with her sister Joan, her right-hand woman and a fine chef, they have established a new bakery, eatery and entertainment center for the community.

For more information or reservations for the buffet call 607/821-1606.