Peter Mac is the leading Judy Garland tribute artist. What makes him stand out is the quality of his voice, his ability to capture Judyâ€™s mannerisms, and above all, the fact that his act is a true tribute to the best of Judy Garland. One doesnâ€™t feel like Mac believes he is the reincarnation of Judy as some tribute artists have claimed to be, but rather he is a damn good actor who wants to present his idol in the best possible light and drops the impersonation once the act is over.
Peter Mac is currently appearing at the French Market in West Hollywood and will be there for some time to come. Judy Garland and Friends is my third visit to the French Market to see and hear this remarkable performer. Previously I had seen him in a concert called The Lost Easter Special and then again when he sang all the songs from Judy's famous Carnegie Hall appearance. This time Judy had asked some guests: Peggy Lee, Liza Minnelli, Tallulah Bankhead, and Katherine Hepburn, with a special appearance by Bea Arthur. Peter Mac performed all these gals, with the exception of Bea Arthur who was presented by D. J. Schaefer.
Judy appeared first and sang six songs in her usually masterful way: â€śAlmost Like Being in Love,â€ť â€śThis Canâ€™t Be Love,â€ť â€śThe Man That Got Away,â€ť â€śI will Survive,â€ť â€śI am Changing,â€ť and â€śIâ€™ll Go My Way By Myself.â€ť
Tallulah was up next and regaled the audience with â€śEverybodyâ€™s Fucking But Meâ€ť. She didnâ€™t disappoint in the off-color remarks either. Next up was Peggy Lee with a bleached wig and huge sunglasses, singing a version of â€śIs That All There Isâ€ť during which some objects were hurled at her.
In a more serious vein, we met Liza, complete with giggles and a huge talent. Mac does Liza almost as well as he does Judy. Liza sang â€śSay Yesâ€ť from Liza with a Z. Nest up was Schaefer as Bea Arthur singing â€śThe Man in the Moon is a Ladyâ€ť from Mame, then Kate Hepburn who sang a song from her only musical show, Coco. This was followed by a stunning tribute to Spencer Tracy featuring his last speech in Guess Who's Coming To Dinner.
Judy made one last appearance, singing â€śThe Trolley Songâ€ť and a song from Pippin, â€śNo Time At All.â€ť All told it was a glorious evening. Next Mac is doing a special concert in honor of Judyâ€™s 90th birthday. Peter Mac appears on Fridays and Saturdays at the French Market.