Garland and Minelli reunited on stage at the Waterside

Judy and Liza - credit Paul Coltas
Judy and Liza - credit Paul Coltas

JUDY Garland and Liza Minelli made showbiz a family affair, with Liza following in her mother’s footsteps to become a star of stage and screen.

In 1964 they performed a concert at the London Palladium, which is now the backdrop for a stage show about the performers’ turbulent life stories.

Judy and Liza shows at the Waterside Theatre next Thursday, October 6, as part of its premiere UK tour.

The production takes the audience through their triumphant highs, heart wrenching lows and everything in between against a backdrop of footage, photos and their famous hits including Cabaret, The Man That Got Away, Liza with a Z and Over the Rainbow.

The piece has been written and produced by Emma Dears, who also plays Liza.

Prior to writing the show, Emma enjoyed West End success performing in Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon, Grease and Oliver.

Lucy Williamson, playing Judy, has most recently enjoyed an extended run in the West End as alternate to Tracie Bennett in End of the Rainbow which also charts the life of Judy Garland.

Previous to this, Lucy performed in acclaimed musical productions including We Will Rock You and Les Miserables.

Emma said: “When I worked in the West End, people always used to tell me that I looked and sounded like Liza Minnelli, so I looked into her life and the life of Judy Garland and became fascinated with their touching stories and the way that their songs highlighted and bookended various points throughout their time.

“I’ve wanted to write the story for a number of years, but now seemed to be the right time to do it.

“I feel that I now have the life experience and am of the right age to get the piece to the place it should be.

“We’ve enjoyed some amazing press and audience feedback from our preview performances in Liverpool and now is the time to get the show out onto the road so that more of Judy and Liza’s fans can enjoy it.

“I hope that the story touches the audiences’ lives in the same way that it’s touched mine.”

To buy tickets for Judy and Liza go online to or call 0844 871 7607.