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A Star is Born shines the spotlight on the undisputed Queen of cabaret Judy Garland one of Hollywood’s most beloved icons. Garland’s career began at the age of two and a half and at the age of 13 she signed her first movie contract. The Wizard of Oz earned her an Oscar at 17... by 47 she was dead. How did Hollywood’s brightest star dim so fast?
Garland was Hollywood’s queen of the comebacks. Whenever her career and personal life hit rock bottom, she would stage a spectacular comeback and again hit the big time. The multi-Grammy-winning recording, of her Carnegie Hall performance, is still regarded as the single greatest live album by a singer of popular American standards.
A Star is Born is a cabaret by Kerry Hiles and Luke Holder and written and directed by Amanda Botha, the show follows the life of this iconic artist from her first stage appearance to her untimely death. This Wela Kapela production of A STAR IS BORN was a hit at the Edinburgh festival with a 5 star review from renowned theatre crit Vivien Devlin.
The cabaret has played to sell out audiences at the festivals around South Africa and received not one but 2 Standard Bank Ovation awards at the National Arts Festival in Makanda, 2019 and 2020. The audience’s reaction to A Star is Born is fascinating. Every night, they gasp, they groan, they shake their heads in disbelief. The audience is transfixed by this riveting story of Judy Garland.
Age Restriction: None
Duration: 65 minutes