Laura Benanti, Molly Ringwald and more will join Rufus Wainwright at the City Winery Shows

Twice GRAMMY® Award nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright will celebrate Garland’s centennial with a pair of exclusive live residencies, Rufus Does Judy at City Winery, scheduled for City Winery in New York City (5, 7, June 8, 10) and Chicago (June 16-17).

Today Wainwright and his band announced that the performances will feature special guests including Laura Benanti (June 5), Mx Justin Vivian Bond (June 8) and Molly Ringwald (June 10), with more to be announced. in the coming weeks.

Early sets will cover songs from “When You’re Smiling” to “San Francisco,” while later shows will include “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” to “Chicago,” with additional surprise numbers during both. sets. For more details and remaining ticket availability, please visit here.

Recently, Wainwright shared “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” featured on his upcoming Rufus Does Judy at Capitol Studios and available now on all DSPs and streaming services. An official live performance video was released on Friday via YouTube.

Rufus Does Judy at Capitol Studios – a brand new performance of his groundbreaking tribute to Judy Garland, Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, recorded last year at Los Angeles’ famed Capitol Studios – arrives via BMG on Friday, June 10, celebrating the legendary Garland’s 100th Anniversary. Pre-orders are available now here.

Premiered last year as a virtual live concert, Rufus Does Judy at Capitol Studios sees Wainwright use the very microphone Garland herself used during her own landmark recordings at Capitol Studios, backed by a four-piece jazz ensemble in front of a micro-audience consisting entirely of 2-time Academy Award-winning actress Renée Zellweger, winner of the 2020 Oscar for “Best Actress” for her spectacular performance as Garland in Judy in 2019.

Among the many concert highlights are a special duet rendition of “Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy” performed alongside award-winning Concord artist Kristin Chenoweth, as well as the concert highlight, “The Man That Got Away”, the latter available now to all DSPs and streaming services; an official live performance video is now streaming via YouTube.

Rufus Does Judy at Capitol Studios – which marked a rare full performance of Wainwright’s now legendary 1961 tribute to Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall – features a selection of standards spanning swing, jazz and pop, including three songs by George & Ira Gershwin, two Rodgers & Hart classics, two Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz classics, plus favorites from Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, Irving Berlin, Noël Coward, and more. Highlights include Garland’s signature songs such as “The Man That Got Away”, “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart”, “Swanee” and of course “Over The Rainbow”.

“In terms of basically knowing these songs, honestly feeling them in my bones, Judy Garland has always had a solid 30 year lead over me and despite my valiant attempts she will always be the queen,” Wainwright said.

“Listening to my latest renditions of some of these incredible numbers, I was slightly surprised…in a good way. I don’t know if these are the stripped down arrangements, mine and the trials and tribulations of the planet , or the fact that everyone but me had to record these tracks wearing masks (playfully wearing Judy’s likeness, mind you) But, there’s a darker quality to these renditions, a measure of pain involved in almost every other aspect of life. can be painful, except in the act of singing. I now know these songs and I definitely feel them deep in my bones.

Wainwright will hit the road again with his Unfollow The Rules Tour, which kicks off April 26 at the Chan Center for the Performing Arts in Vancouver, BC, then travels the world through November.

The upcoming series will see Wainwright perform classic songs, fan favorites and tracks from his highly acclaimed new album, GRAMMY® and 2020 Juno Award nominated Unfollow The Rules, both solo and backed by his brand new live combo. , Brian Green (John Legend, Michael Bublé) as musical director, guitar and backing vocals; Jacob Mann on keyboard, piano and backing vocals; and Alan Hampton on bass, guitar, ukulele and backing vocals.

Additionally, Wainwright will present his acclaimed 2018 opera, Hadrian, with a special one-night-only performance in Madrid, Spain’s historic Teatro Real, on July 22. Wainwright will also team up with the Los Angeles Phil for an exclusive performance for Walt of LA Disney Concert Hall on June 2, 2023.

Wainwright’s sixth album and debut live album, 2007’s Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall was recorded and produced by Phil Ramone over two sold-out nights at Carnegie Hall, backed by a full 36-piece orchestra and guest appearances special from her sister. Martha Wainwright, her mother Kate McGarrigle and Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft.

The album proved an immediate cultural landmark, celebrated by worldwide media attention and critical acclaim while earning Wainwright his first-ever GRAMMY® Award nomination (for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album”). .

Due to popular demand, Wainwright recreated his memorable tribute to Garland with sold-out, star-studded performances at such renowned venues as Paris’s Olympia, Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl and the London Palladium, the latter of which was filmed and released on DVD as Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Is Judy! Judy! Judy! : Live from the London Palladium.


26 – Vancouver, BC – Chan Center for the Performing Arts
28 – Kirkland, WA – Kirkland Performance Center
29 – Edmonds, WA – Edmonds Center for the Arts
30 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater

16 – Toronto, Ont. – Massey Hall
17 – Buffalo, NY – Asbury Hall Babeville (Babeville)
19 – Ottawa, ON – Babs Asper Theatre, National Arts Center
20 – Quebec, QB – Palais Montcalm
21 – Montreal, QC – Salle Wilfred-Pelletier
29 – Reykjavik, IS – Harpa Center

5 – New York, NY – City Winery (two shows)*
7 – New York, NY – City Vineyard
8 – New York, NY – City Vineyard
10 – New York, NY – City Winery (two shows)*
14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Ford
16 – Chicago, IL – City Winery (two shows)*
17 – Chicago, IL – City Winery (two shows)*
23 – Worthing, United Kingdom – Worthing Assembly Halls
25 – Bath, United Kingdom – Bath Forum
26 – Rhyl, United Kingdom – Rhyl Pavilion Theater
30 – Zaragoza, ES – Parque Grande José Antonio Labordeta

6 – Dublin, IR – National Concert Hall
7 – Kassel, DE – Kulturzelt
11 – Amstelveen, NL – Amsterdamse Bostheater (SOLD OUT)
19 – Frankfurt, DE – Palmengarten
27 – Madrid, ES – Teatro Real †
30 – Glasgow, UK – Kelvingrove Bandstand

14 – Dallas, TX – Majestic Theater
15 – Austin, TX – The Paramount Theater
17 – Houston, TX – The Heights Theater

9 – Hammondsport, NY – Concerts at Point of the Bluff Vineyards
11 – Annapolis, MD – Ram’s Head on Stage
12 – Alexandria, Virginia – The Birchmere

12 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffmann Center for the Performing Arts

JUNE 2023
2 – Los Angeles, CA – Walt Disney Concert Hall ‡

* Rufus makes Judy at City Winery
† Hadrian
‡ with the LA Phil

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