CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS
GET HAPPY: A JUDY GARLAND
FEATURING BROADWAY’S JESSICA VOSK
ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 12
Directed by Michael Arden and
Featuring Tony Award Nominee Andy Karl,
Concert Brings Garland’s Songbook to Life and
Includes Rare Performance Footage
and Original Looks by Zac Posen
Judy Garland, 1961, Courtesy of Carnegie Hall Rose Archives
(NEW YORK, NY; November 29, 2022)— On Monday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m., Carnegie Hall presents Get Happy: A Judy Garland Centennial Celebration featuring Broadway stars Jessica Vosk alongside Andy Karl. Written by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins, and directed by Michael Arden with Music Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Get Happy celebrates the life and artistry of the legendary Judy Garland. Garland’s Carnegie Hall debut on April 23, 1961 has become one of the most storied evenings in the Hall’s history, with the live recording made that night going on to win five Grammy Awards, making Garland the first solo woman to win the coveted Album of the Year. On the heels of her sold-out Carnegie Hall concert last season, Jessica Vosk brings Garland’s unforgettable songbook back to life at the Hall, accompanied by an orchestra alongside rare performance footage of Garland herself in this one-night-only celebration of an artist whose legacy continues to inspire fans around the world. Vosk’s frequent collaborator, Zac Posen, will be designing original looks for the concert, as an homage to Judy.
Judy Garland had been in show business for almost 40 years when she finally made her Carnegie Hall debut, an evening that attracted an audience including showbiz royalty Richard Burton and Marilyn Monroe. Toward the end of the program, Garland brought out her three children: Liza Minnelli, and Lorna and Joey Luft. The live album—Judy at Carnegie Hall—released a few months after the concert, spent 73 weeks on the Billboard charts.
In a recent interview about the project, Vosk offered, “Judy had this thing where she made everybody in the audience feel like she had them in her living room. That’s what I’m trying to do with this particular performance—give the impression of being at a Judy Garland show without taking anything away from the boss on screen behind me … Innovators like Judy Garland are why we artists feel like we can push boundaries today. Without them, we wouldn’t be here.” To read more, click here.
About the Artists
Jessica Vosk is a celebrated singer and actress known for stirring roles on the musical theater and concert stage. Vosk made her Carnegie Hall debut in November 2021 in a sold-out solo show titled “My Golden Age.” Since that event, she’s toured her concert around the US this, as well as debuted to stunning reviews at London’s Cadogan Hall this July. This year she joined the Atlantic Theatre Company’s production of Sarah Silverman’s The Bedwetter. Other roles include the Narrator in the 50th anniversary of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Lincoln Center, reprising the role this year at the MUNY. She created the role of Aunt Val in the world premiere of Becoming Nancy, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. Vosk finished an acclaimed run as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, having played the role for two years. Vosk starred in New York City Ballet’s Jerome Robbins tribute Something to Dance About, directed by Warren Carlyle, and re-created the role of Fruma Sarah in the most recent Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Other Broadway credits include Finding Neverland and The Bridges of Madison County. She starred as Anita in West Side Story with the San Francisco Symphony; the recording of the concert was nominated for a Grammy. Her debut, Billboard-charting solo album Wild and Free was released in 2018 and was followed by 2020’s A Very Coco Christmas. Jessica had an unconventional journey to Broadway, starting her career on Wall Street before taking the leap of faith to pursue her dreams. Her story has been profiled on ABC’s “20/20” and on NBC’s “Nightly News with Lester Holt.”
Andy Karl is an Olivier Award winning American stage, TV, and film actor who moved to New York City at a young age to pursue acting. Karl’s wide variety of stage roles include, Kyle the UPS Guy in Legally Blonde The Musical, Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys, Rocky Balboa in Rocky The Musical (Tony nomination), Bruce Granit in On The Twentieth Century (Tony nomination), and Phil Connors in Groundhog Day (Olivier Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Tony and Drama Desk nominations). Other theatre includes Wicked, 9 to 5, The Wedding Singer, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Altar Boyz. On television, Karl is perhaps most well-known for his role as Sgt. Mike Dodds in Season 17 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Karl met his wife Orfeh while they were both appearing in Saturday Night Fever on Broadway, and the couple married in 2001. They have appeared on stage together many times including the popular Legally Blonde, The Musical. They made their American Songbook concert debut at Lincoln Center in 2016, and in 2017 released an album of their acclaimed show “Legally Bound—Live at Feinstein’s/54 Below.”
Mary-Mitchell Campbell is a conductor, music director, orchestrator, composer, and arranger. She has served as the Music Director for many Broadway shows including Mean Girls, The Prom, My Love Letter to Broadway with Kristin Chenoweth, Tuck Everlasting, Finding Neverland, Big Fish, The Addams Family, Company, and Sweeney Todd. She also music directed Stephen Sondheim’s last musical Road Show at the Public Theater. She won a Drama Desk for Best Orchestrations for the 2006 revival of Company starring Raul Esparza and was nominated for Best Orchestrations for her work on the Off-Broadway productions of Allegro and Hello Again. She has a very active concert career and performs frequently with Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Jonathan Groff, Laura Benanti, and Raul Esparza.
She has conducted the Chicago Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, and many other symphonies around the United States. She is joining the Encores series at City Center as the Music Director in 2023.
She is passionate about arts education and poverty reduction. She is the Founder and President of Arts Ignite (artsignite.org) which develops agency in young people through the arts. They enable young people to discover the joy and power of making art- to find their voices, tell their stories and transform their lives. She is a regular volunteer with Arts Ignite programs in the US, Africa, and India. She is originally from North Carolina and has been on the Juilliard, NYU, and Boston College faculties.
Michael Arden is a two-time Tony-nominated director for his revivals of Spring Awakening and Once On This Island (which won the 2018 Tony for Best Revival). His Broadway production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol starring Jefferson Mays is currently playing on Broadway at the Nederlander Theater, and his new production of PARADE just played New York City Center. He won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his production of Spring Awakening. Michael made his Broadway debut as an actor in Deaf West Theater and Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Big River. Other directing credits include Alien/Nation (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Conners (ABC), A Christmas Carol at the Geffen, Annie at The Hollywood Bowl, My Fair Lady at Bay Street Theater, The Pride and Merrily We Roll Along at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Los Angeles. Michael is an alum of The Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School. In addition to his work as a director, Michael is the founder and Artistic Director of The Forest of Arden, a diverse company of multi-disciplinary artists, designers, musicians, writers, stage managers, and filmmakers who strive to devise immersive, imaginative and provocative theatrical experiences with an emphasis on site-specific work and innovating technologies while serving communities and the people in them. Michael is thrilled to be working with the incredible Jessica Vosk to honor the legendary Judy Garland.
Robert Cary & Jonathan Tolins write for stage and screen both individually and as a team. Rob was the co-bookwriter of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Broadway) and the co-author and co-lyricist of Flashdance (West End, US national tour, international productions). Rob co-authored the play Inventing Avi (Off-Broadway) and directed the feature films Ira & Abby, Save Me, and Anything but Love, for which he also co-wrote the screenplay. Jon’s plays include Buyer & Cellar (Off-Broadway, top ten most produced plays in America 2016), The Twilight of the Golds (Broadway), The Last Sunday in June, If Memory Serves, and Secrets of the Trade (all Off-Broadway). Television credits include Schmigadoon, East New York, The Good Fight, BrainDead, Partners, The Academy Awards, The Tony Awards, and Queer as Folk. He co-wrote the films The Twilight of the Golds and Martian Child. Jon can be heard as a panelist on the Metropolitan Opera Radio Quiz. As a team, Rob and Jon wrote additional material for the Broadway revival of On the Town, 50 Years of Broadway at the Kennedy Center, A Concert for Ukraine (at Carnegie Hall), and they adapted Grease Live! and A Christmas Story Live! for Fox TV.
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Monday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
GET HAPPY: A JUDY GARLAND CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Music Director and Piano
Michael Arden, Director
Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins, Writers
Zac Posen, Designer