- Greensboro Memorial
Judy Garland Is A Hit
In Appearance Here
By Dick Owens, The Greensboro
Precious few entertainers
have earned the right to be called 'fabulous.' Judy Garland is one of them.
She has proved it time and
time again, and she proved it again last night at Greensboro Memorial Auditorium.
From the time she strode
on stage after the crowd of cheering, pleading fans finally let her go
after encores of 'Over the Rainbow' and 'Swanee,' she held around 2,400
people in the palm of her hand.
She caressed the words of
'You are Near' and 'You Made Me Love You' and a dozen other 'love songs.'
Miss Garland's way with the words of a song even brought back the original
feeling to 'You Made Me Love You,' the way it was before some band leader
discovered it could be made into a jerky two-step beat.
She zipped through 'Zing
Went the Strings of My Heart' and a moment later was pouring her heart
into a terrific arrangement of 'Stormy Weather.'
It was like that all two
hours and fifteen minutes of her show. She'd tell a funny story about a
newspaper woman or a Paris hair-do that went wrong-her own experiences-and
then she'd belt out something like 'Come Rain or Come Shine' with a wild,
bongo accompaniment to follow with something sad like 'The Man That Got
After a rousing 'San Francisco'
her first act ended, and she changed from a tight black dress with a hip-length
blue jacket to tight black silk trousers with what appeared to be a beaded
jacket with rich, lustrous colors.
Miss Garland apologized once
for having some throat trouble because she had 'picked up a strange fungi
in Atlanta,' but after a drink of water and a medication like a white cough
drop she dived into her program again and came out sounding better than
The crowd, when not enthralled
by her song-selling, seemed to be awed by her ability to give, and give
some more. When Miss Garland tried to say goodnight, hundreds of people
crowded around the orchestra pit to beg her not to leave.
After the two encores, many
comments sounded included: 'I could stay here and listen to her all night,
but she's tired and I'm not going to keep insisting.'
In the introduction of a
song early in the program Miss Garland sang 'If you feel deceived, don't
be peeved.' That drew some laughter for in switching the show from the
Coliseum to the Auditorium (to have a capacity crowd rather than a one-fourth
capacity audience, as would have been the case in the Coliseum) there were
mix-ups in seating arrangements.
She thanked the crowd for
coming to the 'pretty theater' and drew another laugh when she said she
went to the Coliseum first too, found herself alone and reasoned that she
was in the wrong place.
The Coliseum management explained
after the show that Miss Garland's management suggested the change and
would make such an announcement to let it know where the responsibility
lay. No such announcement was made.