DOWN THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD—. . . !

Looking forward
to the 36th Annual

THE JUDY GARLAND FESTIVAL 2011!

2010 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS


Jane Powell BIO

 

Preeminent movie musical star Jane Powell scored her greatest hits for Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer in the classic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and Royal Wedding (1951, in which she partnered Fred Astaire). Her other film credits include Hit the Deck, A Date With Judy, The Girl Most Likely, Small Town Girl, Three Sailors and A Girl, Athena, Holiday in Mexico, Three Daring Daughters, Nancy Goes to Rio, Rich Young and Pretty, and Deep in My Heart. In those films, she introduced or re- popularized such song standards as "It's A Most Unusual Day," "Wonder Why," "Wonderful Day," "When You're In Love," "Too Late Now," "Sweetheart (Will You Remember)," "Sometimes I'm Happy," "Oceana Roll," "My Hero," and "How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I've Been a Liar All My Life." Beginning in the late 1950s and over the next forty years, Miss Powell made triumphant, record-breaking box office successes in theater and supper club engagements. On Broadway, she appeared in the title role in Irene, a show with which she later toured the nation. Her other stage hits encompassed such stellar vehicles as The Sound of Music, Brigadoon, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Boy Friend, My Fair Lady, Peter Pan, Carousel, South Pacific, I Do! I Do!, Chapter Two, and Same Time, Next Year. Most recently, she costarred out-of-town in the Stephen Sondheim musical, Bounce.

The Powell singing voice,dancing talent,and acting ability have enlivened countless television programs -- from daytime dramas (Loving, As the World Turns) to sitcoms (Growing Pains) and dramadies (The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Murder, She Wrote, Law & Order). Over the years, she guest-starred on virtually every top musical variety program, appearing with Ed Sullivan, Andy Williams, Dean Martin, Dinah Shore, Red Skelton, Garry Moore, The Smothers Brothers, Jonathan Winters, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Fisher, and Frank Sinatra.

Clear-eyed and straight-forward, Miss Powell told her life story in the acclaimed autobiography, The Girl Next Door and How She Grew (New York: William Morrow & Company, 1988).

 In 2006, she was an honored guest at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, celebrating the launch of the United States Postal Service "Judy Garland" stamp. In 1963, Miss Powell had worked with Judy while taping an episode of the CBS-TV Judy Garland Show, in which she and her former MGM coworker -- plus fellow guest "Scarecrow of Oz" Ray Bolger -- performed "The Jitterbug," a song deleted from The Wizard of Oz (1939). When interviewed in 1989 by Coyne Steven Sanders for his book about the Garland Show (Rainbow's End), Miss Powell watched a replay of the 1963 program and offered the comment, "Judy was wonderful. She really was unique. There was nobody else like her; there never has been, and there never will be."