This April, Silkstone hired me to create a secret backstage room at the Belasco Theater in Times Square for the new broadway show End of the Rainbow. The star, Tracie Bennett, who plays Ms. Judy Garland, uses the room to entertain & relax before & after each show. After a lot of Garland research, I took inspiration from Palm Springs design in the 50’s, as seen in past Garland plays like A Star Is Born.
Anything fancy backstage is quite uncommon in the world of Theater. See the photos of the room before – it was a janitors closet with a world record of conduit pipes.
Her hit song in A Star Is Born, “Born In A Trunk” inspired our centerpiece – the bar. I found a 1920’s steamer trunk upstate, along with some reclaimed wood as siding for the support piece. My fabricator David helped me to repurpose the antique trunk into a stocked bar – complete with shelves for glasses & bottles, drawers for ice, bar tools & citrus, and even a built-in cutting board.
Knowing Ms. Bennett would be entertaining guests in the room, I instantly thought of this famous backdrop in A Star Is Born. With the help of Taylor from Fox Fodder Farm, we created a floral photo wall, where Ms. Bennett could pose with her VIP guests.
But along with the success of the room, Tracie’s unbelievable performance will have you floored. I could not take my eyes off of her. A must see for all you theater and Garland lovers!