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Starring: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien

Meet Me in St. Louis (U)

Starring: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien

Precious Little Talent, Trafalgar Studios, London

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The Wizard of Oz, Palladium, London<br/>Million Dollar Quartet, Noel Coward Theatre, London<br/>Love Freed from Ignorance and Folly, Wilton's Music Hall, London

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End of the Rainbow, Trafalgar Studios, London

Watching End of the Rainbow, it's hard to believe that Judy Garland is dead, so closely does Tracie Bennett resemble her, bodily and in spirit. In Peter Quilter's play – a depiction of the one-time Dorothy's final fight for the limelight in the months before her death from an accidental drug overdose – Bennett nimbly rasps and cackles, seeming to speak and sing with the late actress's voice. Her triumphant performance shows Garland wrestling with a medley of addictions – to barbiturates, Benzedrine, Ritalin and other "adult candy" as well as to alcohol, men and applause. Her characterisation is at once alluring, in its dizzy abandon, and terrifying, as you watch a fragile person heading for the brink.

Rufus Wainwright, Royal Albert Hall, London

Rufus Wainwright is the Jekyll and Hyde of the modern-day music scene – on one hand bursting with pleasantries, effusive and adorable in the extreme, on the other, dour, introspective, angry and indulgent.

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Amy Jenkins: Why confessional writing captures the female mind

Eat, Pray, Love, the movie of Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling confessional memoir, opened in the US this week.

Meinhardt Raabe: One of the last of the surviving Munchkins from &lsquo;The Wizard of Oz&rsquo;

One of the last surviving Munchkins from the enduring fantasy film The Wizard of Oz (1939), Meinhardt Raabe has a place in film history as the flamboyant coroner who gives official notice that the Wicked Witch of the East is dead, killed by the farmhouse that landed on her in a tornado that has also brought young Dorothy from Kansas to Munchkinland.

A Hundred Or More Hidden Things, By Mark Griffin

This enjoyable biography of Vincente Minnelli, described in lukewarm terms by Tony Curtis as "one of the better directors I worked with", traces his trajectory from window dresser to enigmatic MGM stalwart. Leslie Caron said that his "only intelligible bit of direction" during An American in Paris was, "Just be yourself."

Munchkinland's leading citizen dies at 94

Meinhardt Raabe made movie history playing the coroner in 'The Wizard of Oz' and declaring the wicked witch 'most sincerely dead'

Rufus Wainwright: 'Our family is a battered ship...'

Back with an album, a tour and an opera, the Canadian singer reveals how a series of births and deaths forced him to grow up
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