two hours, she was fully made up and beautifully dressed. She
was helped to one of the stage wings while hanging on to the
arms of two strong men.
fanfare played and a big booming voice announced to the audience,
"Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Judy Garland." Judy waited about
thirty or forty seconds before she walked out on the stage.
The applause, whistling, and shouts were thunderous.
seemed to me that Judy gave a very professional, yet desperate
performance. While she sang and spoke, she was actually crying
out for help. She was using her performance brilliantly to express
her need and her condition. It was a plea. I wondered how many
people in audience felt this too.
must confess that much of her performance was shtick not unlike
Jerry Lewis's "love me, love me" performances with songs like
"Swany, how I love ya, how I love ya..." But when she sang "Come
Rain or Shine," I was very much moved, as was the entire audience.