"Angela Ingersoll gives the performance of a lifetime... Oh boy, what a star... And what a voice!"
In a festive ceremony at Drury Lane Theatre, Angela Ingersoll received Chicago’s Jeff Award for Leading Actress in a Play for her star turn as Judy Garland in END OF THE RAINBOW at Porchlight Music Theatre. Ingersoll also received a nomination in the Supporting Actress in a Musical category for her scene-stealing, dumb-blonde Hedy LaRue in Marriott Theatre’s HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING. Congratulations to all the exemplar nominees, representing the finest of Chicago’s diverse theatre community.
“I’ve been a devoted fan of Judy’s for as long as I can recall. I don’t remember a time without her. So many of us meet her as children, when she’s a child as well, and her Dorothy stays with us. Yet even as a child, I was most attracted to 60s Judy, to TV Show Judy, to Carnegie Hall Judy. I saw a self-possessed woman and artist and knew that’s what I wanted to be. Now that I’ve just turned 40, I feel I’ve come into the time of my life I’ve always dreamed about.”
The Rage Monthly caught up with Angela during the rehearsal process at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts… Ingersoll finished beautifully with these sage words, “I do hope audience members find their experience an opportunity to cultivate greater peace with their own pain. Because you know, none of us has a monopoly on heartache. Hopefully through laughter and music we can, all of us, feel less alone.”
DISCOVER LA MIRADA: If you have been fortunate to see Angela Ingersoll recently on stage or in concert, you already know what the big buzz is about. She is smart, sassy, sexy, and above all, a natural born talent.
About 18 months ago, singer/actress and lifelong Judy Garland fan Angela Ingersoll made a wish. Fearing for Garland’s legacy, Ingersoll wished for the opportunity to excise the kitsch that sometimes dimmed Garland’s star. “I wanted to commit to shining a positive light on Judy,” Ingersoll said. And since then, “the universe has been nonstop green lights.”
The latest comes Tuesday, Oct. 10, when PBS will film a performance of her tribute concert “Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine” at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles for broadcast next year.
Ask anyone lucky enough to have caught Angela Ingersoll’s performance as Judy Garland in last year’s Porchlight Music Theatre production of “End of the Rainbow” and you are guaranteed to hear superlatives. The voice, the look, the roller-coaster emotions: Ingersoll captured them all to uncanny effect in a performance that was an unqualified tour de force, and recently earned her a Jeff Award nomination.
As an encore, Joey, who was so enthralled with Angela’s live portion of the show, allowed her to fulfill the audience’s wish of her doing that famed song… She sat on the edge of the stage, the way Judy did, and broke out into what appeared to be the performance of her life. The audience once again erupted with a combination of cheers and tears, as did Angela herself, overtaken by emotion at the prized opportunity.
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Ingersoll’s critically acclaimed performance as Judy Garland in the recent Porchlight Music Theatre production of End of the Rainbow channeled every ounce of her powerhouse talent to elevate our imagination and richly stir our compassion for the fragile and falling star. It was all there – electrifying stage performances, manic vitality, childlike enthusiasm and reckless abandon – all seeming to unfold effortlessly in the moment in Ingersoll’s unforgettable performance.
One of Chicago’s most talented entertainers, ANGELA INGERSOLL discusses her critically hailed performance as Judy Garland in Porchlight Music Theatre’s sold out production END OF THE RAINBOW.
I GOTTA RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES
New engagements announced. I GOTTA RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES combines the iconic catalogues of Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, and Patsy Cline and into an inspiring portrait of America’s musical heritage. Alexis J Roston (LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL; PORGY AND BESS) effortlessly emits the sweet and sultry swing of Jazz great Ella Fitzgerald; Angela Ingersoll (END OF THE RAINBOW; SOUTH PACIFIC) hauntingly captures the emotional power of Pop superstar Judy Garland; and Katie Deal (ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE; CLASSIC NASHVILLE ROADSHOW) soulfully embodies the tender heartache of Country legend Patsy Cline. Presented by Artists Lounge Live.
COME RAIN OR COME SHINE starring Angela Ingersoll
Chicago Tribune calls her “Magnificent. The best Judy Garland Chicago ever saw. Barring the real one.” Chicago Sun-Times exclaims, “Phenomenal. Angela Ingersoll was born to play Judy Garland. Ingersoll’s tour de force performance might well leave you believing you’ve encountered the ghost of the beloved film star.” Award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll (Chicago: End of the Rainbow) superbly captures the emotional and vocal power of the legendary Judy Garland. Her great big voice and naturally winning humor make Ingersoll’s loving concert nothing short of breathtaking. Presented by Artists Lounge Live.
“It’s a lot of good, Christmassy fun,” she said. “Hopefully as funny as it is tender. I certainly hope that audiences sing along. Christmas is the one time of year we all agree to listen to the same radio station, darn it. We culturally all can sing along together to something like ‘Jingle Bells.’ I think people can experience a little bit of togetherness in a time where we’ve had a lot of focuses on our differences.”
The 12 Dames of Christmas, starring Angela Ingersoll
Select dates, December, 2016
“The actress with the astonishing voice” (Chicago Sun-Times) revives her heartwarming holiday concert, adding more cities to this year’s roster. Award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll captures the iconic voices of the season including a haunting Judy Garland, a rockin’ Brenda Lee, a purr-fect Eartha Kitt, a proper Julie Andrews, a soulful Edith Piaf, a sultry Marilyn Monroe, as well as plenty of surprises. Presented bye Artists Lounge Live.