Theatre West

On Sunday, June 19 at the Theatre West, a star-studded music tribute to the legendary star Betty Garrett will be held.    When Ms. Garrett passed away at age 91 on February 12, 2011 her loss was mourned by the Theatre West’s performers and the public alike.

Ms. Garrett starred on Broadway (13 shows), was one of MGM’s great movie musical stars, a TV series regular on “All in the Family” (for which she won a Golden Globe)  and “Laverne and Shirley.”  In addition to her humanitarian causes she co-founded Theatre West, where she memorably performed in many shows, directed and,     importantly, moderated its Musical Comedy workshop for decades, instructing     generations of artists in the proper way to perform for musical theatre audiences.

Theatre West
Theatre West

Betty received many honors: the Queen of the Angels Award from L.A. Weekly, career achievement awards from the L.A. Drama Critics Circle, the

Valley Theatre League and the Ovation Awards.  It’s now the turn of her own beloved Theatre West to honor her.

On Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 7 p.m., there will be a concert reading of “Something For The Boys,” Betty’s first Broadway musical from 1943, in which she co-starred with Ethel Merman. The June 19 performance is with the full permission of and encouragement from the Estates of Cole Porter (music and lyrics) and Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields (book).

The cast includes some of Theatre West’s best-known performers: Andrew Parks, son of Betty Garrett and her husband, the late Larry Parks; her grand-daughter, Madison Claire Parks (who will play Betty’s part and sing the song Cole Porter wrote for her, “I’m in Love With a Soldier Boy”); Beau Bridges; his daughter, Emily Bridges; Caitlin Gallogly and Edward Z. Gallogly (daughter and son of Theatre West executive director John Gallogly). Brian O’Halloran directs. Sandra Tucker and Jill Jones produce for Theatre West. The stage manager is Courtney Webb.

The plot of the musical revolves around three cousins who inherit a tract of land near a Texas army base. They contemplate using their new estate for a hotel when one of them comes up with an invention to help the war     effort….Something for the Boys, if only the General will take them up on it.  One of them has also fallen for a famous band leader now in uniform at the army     base, although he’s already engaged to a senator’s obnoxious daughter. Hijinks ensue.

This is the first in a projected series of annual musical presentations by Theatre West in memory of Betty Garrett.

Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 general admission and $50 for premium seating (first five rows, center). Theatre West is located at 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, in Los Angeles, CA 90068. This is close to North Hollywood, Universal City, and Studio City. There is free parking in a lot across the street.  Reservations: (323) 851-7977. Or, go online at

By daryl

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