Tommy Femia never figured hed spend his career doing Judy Garland. It started back in 1991, when a friend asked him if hed impersonate Garland in a cabaret show. It pretty much began on a dare, says Femia. But there was something about Garland that Femia just picked up naturally. It was like somebody pressed a button, he recalls. For some reason, I could do her voice and sing like her, and I was barely trying.
Femias impersonation went over so big that his first show stayed open for nine months. And ever since, Femia has been Garland, doing off-Broadway shows and touring half the year for his one-man acts. This month, the Brooklyn native is headlining Judy Garland Live at Rising Action Theatre, where hes singing Garland songs and also covers in her voice. I try to pick songs that she would sing today if she were still with us, Femia says.
Hell have three shows this weekend: at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $22 and up, and the theater is located at 840 E. Oakland Park Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Visit risingactiontheatre.com or call 800-595-4849.
Fri., Aug. 21, 8 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 22, 8 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 23, 7 p.m., 2009