Under the dedicated and inspired leadership of Lu and Carl Gmoser, Asbury Summer Theatre brought high quality theater to Lower Westchester, presenting over 30 sold-out shows to thousands of delighted audience members during its 32-year history. The members of AST are among the most active and sought-after performers of community theater in the greater New York area, recently appearing in leading roles with the Clocktower Players, the Elmwood Playhouse, White Plains Performing Arts Center, Center Stage Playhouse, Actors’ Conservatory Theater, and others. AST’s founding producer, Lu Gmoser, was the recipient of the prestigious Griffon Award for outstanding contribution to the performing arts in Westchester from the Untermyer Performing Arts Council of Yonkers.
Director’s Note on “Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage”
I have always been a big fan of Judy Garland. Ever since I was a boy (a very long time ago) and first saw “The Wizard of Oz”, I have been captivated by Dorothy Gale, the young girl from Kansas who reminded us all that “there is no place like home”.
After first seeing Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz,” I started watching many of her films. I enjoyed them all, especially the musicals, where she introduced memorable songs such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe”, “The Boy Next Door” and “The Man That Got Away”. Many of the songs that she introduced in her films became part of her repertoire during her concert years. Numerous critics regard her as one of the greatest concert performers of her time, while the American Film Institute placed her eighth among the greatest female stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
What is especially unique about Judy Garland is that, unlike many of her contemporaries who have long since been forgotten, she lives on in American popular culture. As long as “The Wizard of Oz” is shown each year on television, Judy Garland is introduced to a new generation of Americans. For both the young and the young-at-heart, she is forever the young girl from Kansas trying to find her way home—she is forever Dorothy.
— Mauro Contrastano