Lorna Luft returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko for Pride Weekend performances that are uniquely Lorna. Daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland, Luft will remind us all of the connection between her mother’s funeral on June 27, 1969 and the Stonewall Riots that began in the early hours of June 28, 1969 starting the modern gay rights movement and how Garland’s signature “Over the Rainbow” may have inspired the rainbow flag as the symbol of the LGBT community. Luft’s own theatrical career has included roles on Broadway, in national tours, European and regional theater productions and was most recently seen by San Francisco audiences in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at SHN last December. She released her debut CD Lorna Luft: Songs My Mother Taught Me produced by Barry Manilow and her husband, musician Colin Freeman and authored the 1998 book Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir. Luft has toured with the concert Judy: The Songbook of Judy Garland and made a surprise appearance to sing “After You’ve Gone” with Rufus Wainwright at the end of his Carnegie Hall tribute concert commemorating Garland’s celebrated 1961 return to the famed venue.
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