In honor of the tenth anniversary of his sold-out Judy Garland tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall, pop singer Rufus Wainwright is planning to recreate the concert for two performances, June 16 and 17 at the same venue.
As in 2006, Wainwright will restage Garland’s Grammy-winning live double album, Judy at Carnegie Hall, based on her famous April 23, 1961, concert. In addition to her signature ”Over the Rainbow” and ”The Trolley Song,” Garland sang a brace of show tunes and pop hits including ”Almost Like Being in Love,” ”That's Entertainment,” ”Do It Again” and ”The Man that Got Away.”
“A lot has happened in 10 years on all fronts and musically this show will reflect that,” Wainwright said in a statement. “This brilliant material was constructed to widen and deepen with age and I’m looking forward to the experience of singing these songs again, myself being more experienced. Can’t wait to slip back into those ruby slippers, though in this day and age of comfort and commercialism I suppose they should be ruby sneakers!”
American Express Card Members can purchase tickets for the New York dates beginning March 9 at 11 AM ET. A Live Nation pre-sale begins March 11 at 11 AM ET. (A code “RUFUS” can be used at Live Nation.) Tickets will go on sale to the general public March 14 at 11 AM ET.
Wainwright reportedly is also working on a new album timed to the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets, which is scheduled for release April 22. Among those who will be heard with Wainwright on the album will be Florence Welch, Helena Bonham Carter, William Shatner and Wainwright's sister, Martha Wainwright.