Liza Minnelli Stepping Out! 2015

Liza Minnelli Stepping Out! 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

Liza Minnelli sings A Quiet Thing, from the interview by Barbara Howar 1985

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Liza Minnelli Sings with North Carolina Symphony Tonight

Liza Minnelli Sings with North Carolina Symphony Tonight
By Andrew Gans
03 Oct 2015 
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Oscar and Tony-winning singing actress Liza Minnelli performs at the Cape Fear Community College Fine Arts and Humanities Center's Opening Night Gala Oct. 3 at the Humanities & Fine Arts Center in Wilmington, NC.
Minnelli is backed by North Carolina Symphony.
The black-tie evening begins at 6:30 PM with a cocktail reception and hors d'oeuvres, followed by the 8 PM concert. An after-party of dessert and dancing will conclude the festivities at 9:45 PM.
Minnelli is the winner of four Tony Awards, an Oscar, a special “Legends” Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy.
Tickets to the grand opening gala are $225. Click here for more information.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Liza Minnelli Will Sing with North Carolina Symphony - See more at:
Liza Minnelli Will Sing with North Carolina Symphony
By Andrew Gans
30 Sep 2015
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Oscar and Tony-winning singing actress Liza Minnelli will perform at the Cape Fear Community College Fine Arts and Humanities Center's Opening Night Gala Oct. 3 at the Humanities & Fine Arts Center in Wilmington, NC.
Minnelli will be backed by North Carolina Symphony.
The black-tie evening will begin at 6:30 PM with a cocktail reception and hors d'oeuvres, followed by the 8 PM concert. An after-party of dessert and dancing will conclude the festivities at 9:45 PM.
Minnelli is the winner of four Tony Awards, an Oscar, a special “Legends” Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy.
Tickets to the grand opening gala are $225. Click here for more information.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

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byWWAY                                                                                                                                9/25/2015
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Fear not, Liza Minnelli fans. The Broadway legend is still on schedule to perform in Wilmington next week even after having to cancel appearances across the pond this week.
“Liza Minnelli’s appearances in the UK were unfortunately cancelled because of the promoter’s failure to pay,” Minnelli’s publicist Scott Gorenstein told WWAY in an e-mail Friday. “Due to current economics and unusually high ticket prices, the producer was unable to secure the promised funds.”
Tickets to the shows, which Gorenstein said were not concerts, but Q&A with a moderator ending with Minnelli singing a few songs with piano accompaniment, reportedly cost about $450.
Gorenstein said the British cancellations do not affect Minnelli’s Oct. 3 performance in Wilmington, when she will join the North Carolina Symphony for the gala opening of Cape Fear Community College’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center.
A CFCC spokesman says the school has sold more than 1,000 tickets for the show in the 1,500-seat auditorium. Tickets for the black-tie event are $225. Proceeds benefit the CFCC Foundation.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Tickets refunded for Liza Minnelli's Palladium concert

Tickets refunded for Liza Minnelli's Palladium concert~ The event has been called off by producers
Ticket holders for An Intimate Evening with Liza Minnelli, that was due to play at the Palladium on Sunday (20 September), have been refunded.
The show was due to be presented by veteran entertainer Bruce Forsyth and would have included an in-depth Q&A and a selection of songs. Tickets were priced up to £175.
Minnelli has a long association with the Palladium stretching back to 1964 when she joined her mother in concert. She performed solo concerts at the venue in 1973, 1978 and 1986.
The show was being produced by Rocco Buonvino, who was behind similar events featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.
There has been no official statement from producers regarding the cancellation.
A representative of the Cabaret star said: "For months Liza has been preparing for these shows and she was devastated to hear of this unfortunate news. She has always thought of London a second home and will miss seeing her friends and devoted fans."
Minnelli's dates in Sheffield and Glasgow have also been cancelled.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Breaking News: Liza Minnelli UK Concert Tour Canceled

Breaking News: Liza Minnelli UK Concert Tour Canceled   September 13  by bwwnewsdesk

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Burning ambition to play Liza Minnelli

September 12, 2015 7:40am

Monday, September 7, 2015>

Liza Minnelli Unfazed By Agent's Memoir

In June (15), Stevie Phillips released Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me in which she wrote about the drug abuse suffered by the star's late mother Judy Garland, and detailed Minnelli's own problems with addiction.
When asked about the book during an interview with Britain's Weekend magazine, Minnelli acts unaware of its existence and explains that she refuses to read anything about herself upon the advice of late actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor.
Minnelli says, "I never read any of that stuff... Because it might upset me... She (Taylor) told me she never read a single thing about herself, so I stopped, right there and then, which meant there was never anything lousy going around in my brain. That was good advice."
When asked if she would like to set the record straight with her own autobiography, she replies, "I don't feel like it. I don't want to do it unless I'm really enthusiastic about it. Right now I'm too enthusiastic about so many other things. The way I see it, I'm at the bow of a boat moving ahead. All the nonsense behind me is the wake and I'm impervious to it as I plough on."
Minnelli entered rehab earlier this year (15) to tackle substance abuse issues

Sunday, September 6, 2015

"I'm Not Going Anywhere" - Liza Minnelli Talks Perseverance, Concerts, and More!"  BROADWAYWORLD.COM
Surviving is an instinct which means it just comes naturally. I don't examine it. I just get right on and do it," Minneli says. "I'm still here. My job is to prove them wrong. And I'm not going anywhere." Thank goodness for that!
When asked about a recent tell-all book written about her mother Judy Garland, which claims to expose the "real Judy," Minnelli just lets it roll off, saying, "I never read any of that stuff, because it might upset me. [Elizabeth Taylor] told me she never read a single thing about herself, so I stopped too, right there and then, which meant there was never anything lousy going round in my brain. That was good advice."
As for a Liza autobiography? We won't be seeing one anytime soon.
"I don't feel like it. I don't want to do it unless I'm really enthusiastic about it," she says. "Right now I'm too enthusiastic about so many other things. The way I see it, I'm at the bow of a boat moving ahead. All the nonsense behind me is the wake and I'm impervious to it as I plough on."
Her upcoming concerts at the London Palladium in September will feature pre-show Q and A sessions, and the fearless Minnelli isn't screening the questions beforehand. "They can ask me anything they want! I've always liked a live audience. I find it scary when there's no audience - on TV, in films. There's this woman singing in my head who wants to tell her own story. I was a teenager when I started singing and I wasn't very good. That's why I developed the trick of acting out the songs."
As for her continuing performance schedule, she doesn't seem to want to stop anytime soon, or even slow down. "Performers like to perform. It's what I do." She says not even the notion of turning 70 can be a deterrent, "Listen, everyone ages but not everyone has to get old. I've never lost my curiosity and I think that keeps you young."

Liza Minnelli was born in Los Angeles and made her screen debut as a toddler in the musical In the Good Old Summertime in 1949. One of the world's best-loved entertainers, she won Tony awards for Flora, the Red Menace in 1965, Liza at the Winter Garden in 1977, The Act in 1978 and Liza's at the Palace in 2009. Nominated for an Academy Award for The Sterile Cuckoo in 1969, she went on to win the Best Actress prize for her best-known film, Cabaret (1973), which also won her a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA. She won an Emmy for Liza with a Z (72) and was also the recipient of a Grammy Legend Award in 1990 making her one of the few artists who have won entertainment's top six awards. Film credits include Charlie Bubbles (67), Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (70), Lucky Lady (75), A Matter of Time (76), New York, New York (77), Arthur (81), Stepping Out (91), and Oh In Ohio (06).
Sir Bruce Forsyth is one of the UK's most loved stars and has now been in showbusiness for eight decades. It is a career that started in the middle of World War Two when, aged just 14, he left school and began performing professionally billed as "Boy Bruce The Mighty Atom". Sixteen years later in 1958, he became an "overnight" star when he was chosen to host Sunday Night At The London Palladium and he has appeared consistently on prime time television in the UK ever since - The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right, Bruce's Price Is Right, You Bet!, numerous specials including Sammy and Bruce and Strictly Come Dancing from which he retired last year as main presenter after 11 series. A consummate live performer with numerous theatrical appearances across the world, most recent challenges and successes have included performing his 'One Man' Show at The Royal Albert Hall and making his debut (as an octogenarian!) at The Glastonbury Festival. In 1998 he was awarded the OBE, in 2006, the CBE and in 2011 a Knighthood for his services to the entertainment industry while in 2008, as well as celebrating his 80th birthday, Bruce was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship, the highest accolade the Academy can bestow.
Rocco Buonvino (Promoter) has staged some of the biggest global entertain ment events, from sold-out concerts to musical theatre productions and bespoke events with superstar artists. To name just a few: Robin Gibb's TitanicRequiem Concert at Westminster Central Hall, shows by world renowned artists such as Cliff RichardRod Stewart, The Chemical Brothers, Duran Duran, and the starp-studded Beatles Symphonica, held at The Royal Albert Hall, star performers included Dame Shirley BasseyTony ChristieBeverley Knight and Susan Black. The latest events this year include An Evening with Sylvester Stallone (London Palladium and Phones4U Arena, Manchester), An Evening with Al Pacino (London Palladium), A Conversation with John Travolta (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), and An Evening with Arnold Schwarzenegger in London.
Liza will also perform An Intimate Evening with Liza Minnelli in Sheffield at the City Hall on Tuesday 22 Septemberand at the Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow on Thursday 24 September.
Source: Daily Mail

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Liza Minnelli sells showstopper home for $8.37M

Liza Minnelli sells showstopper home for $8.37M

Legendary performer Liza Minnelli has sold her iconic Upper East Side home for $8.37 million, according to city property records.
Although Minnelli has been spending more time in Los Angeles for work and to be closer to her family and friends, she “will always consider New York to be her home,” says Scott Gorenstein, a spokesperson for Minnelli. “While she sold her apartment, Liza still plans to spend a lot of time in the city and will be here in the upcoming weeks to rehearse her new show, “Great Day.”
The apartment was on the 21st floor of the Imperial House, a non descript post-war building by Emery Roth & Sons at 150 East 69th Street.
The buyers are Robert Beyer and Loren Pack.
The Cabaret star, whose gutsy, full-of-life performances have become part of New York’s cultural fabric, has been battling substance abuse — like her late mother, Judy Garland, before her.
Earlier this year, Minnelli was in a Malibu rehab clinic.
Her latest song, “Until the End,” with Wynton Marsalis, was written and produced by Oscar-nominated composer and producer J. Ralph. The home sale was first reported in the Real Deal.

Monday, August 31, 2015

CHANNEL Seven has announced its next biopic TV production to be based on the life of openly-gay Australian singer Peter Allen.
Actor Joel Jackson will play the roll of Allen in the telmovie, which will air in September, alongside Sara West as Liza Minnelli and Sigrid Thornton as Judy Garland. Other cast members include Rebecca Gibney and Rob Mills.
The biopic will focus on Allen’s private life, from growing up in rural Australia, his marriage to Liza Minnelli in 1967 to living openly with his partner, Texan fashion model Gregory Connell.

Meet the Woman Who Took On Judy, Liza, and Bowie

Meet the Woman Who Took On Judy, Liza, and Bowie

Handling Judy Garland's emotional crises, finding David Bowie in a gay lip lock, and making Liza Minnelli a star were all in a day's work for talent agent Stevie Phillips, who lays out her phenomenal career in a new memoir.



One night in the early 1960s, Stevie Phillips, future talent agent and then road manager for Judy Garland, went to collect the star at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Boston for that evening’s concert at Boston Garden. In her suite, Garland looked at Phillips and smiled as they discussed what makeup supplies to take to the show — and then the great entertainer slit her own left wrist with a razor, sending blood spurting all over the lavish accommodations.
It was one of many times Phillips witnessed Garland harming herself, whether with a razor, a broken compact mirror, a match, or her endless supply of prescription drugs, washed down with cheap wine. And what happened next was indicative of both how Garland’s handlers treated her and how the star always rose to the occasion. Phillips’s boss, David Begelman (with whom Garland was having an affair), got Garland medical attention and then instructed Phillips to buy enough bracelets to hide the bandages. She did, and Garland went onstage as planned, doing “such a wonderful show no one could have suspected she wasn’t at the top of her form,” Phillips writes in her recently released memoir.
That memoir, Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me…, details four decades of Phillips’s adventures in show business. Eventually a top talent agent and Broadway producer, Phillips was an ambitious, movie-obsessed 24-year-old when she first met Garland, toward the end of 1960. She was doing general office work for Begelman and Freddie Fields at their just-opened agency, Freddie Fields Associates. Garland was their third client.
Phillips had been enchanted by Garland’s luminous screen presence in 1944’s Meet Me in St. Louis, but by 1960, Garland had developed a reputation for being difficult and unreliable, and she was no longer welcome in Hollywood. A successful concert tour could help restart her career.
Begelman and Fields proposed that Phillips accompany Garland on tour, taking care of the star’s needs and above all making sure she went through with her shows. Phillips ended up facing challenges she couldn’t possibly have expected but also learned that she could survive just about anything. 
She became an up-close witness to both Garland’s incredible talent and the psychic pain she seemed to suffer constantly, even though she could sometimes be delightful company. She came to realize that both were part of Garland’s appeal, especially to her huge number of gay fans. “Judy’s pain was something they could identify with,” Phillips says in an interview The Advocate.
Phillips’s association with Garland lasted just about two years, a period marked by concerts in venues both splendid and squalid, late nights in hotel rooms as Phillips sat up with the star until she consumed enough substances to make her sleep, and long limousine rides, including one in which, Phillips writes, Garland groped her in a sexual manner.
Phillips, who is straight, wasn’t interested, and Garland backed off. As to whether Garland was seriously interested or just doing something for effect, Phillips isn’t sure. “There were rumors about her being bisexual,” Phillips tells The Advocate, but she adds that she never witnessed Judy in a liaison with a woman. “My smell test is ‘Was you there, Charlie?’ and the answer is no.”
She does say Garland was highly sexed in general. “She loved having sex, and she loved men, and she had mischief,” the agent recalls in the interview. She also deeply craved love and was usually denied it, surrounded by people who mainly wanted to use her.
Phillips finally told Fields and Begelman she could no longer work with Garland after accompanying the star on a disastrous Caribbean vacation. On the flight back to Miami, Garland was supposedly refreshing her makeup when she deliberately broke a mirror and cut her face to ribbons with the shards, Phillips writes.
Although she knew Garland needed help, Phillips didn’t know where to begin to give it, and she recognized that her bosses were exploiting a sick woman. She told them she’d stay with the agency but not work with Judy anymore, and she wanted to be a full-fledged agent. Her first client: Liza Minnelli.
Minnelli, she writes, was essentially a lost little girl, neglected both by Garland and her father, director Vincente Minnelli. But she had a zest for life and undeniable talent. Phillips helped her become a star; with Phillips as her agent, Liza won a Tony in her Broadway debut, Flora, the Red Menace, then an Oscar for Cabaret.
Phillips recounts both good times and bad with Minnelli, including her wedding to gay entertainer Peter Allen in 1967, which was the last time Phillips would see Garland in person. Asked why both Minnelli and Garland married gay men (Vincente Minnelli was rumored to be gay, and Mark Herron, her fourth husband, definitely was), Phillips says they had genuine affection for these men, but there were career considerations too.
Noting that Vincente Minnelli filmed Garland with such love and care, Phillips says, “How could she not love him?” Liza and Peter Allen, she adds, “were the best of friends and loved each other’s company,” and they frequently performed together early in their careers. In her experience, Phillips adds, show business has lived up to its reputation as a welcoming place for LGBT people, many of whom have become her friends, such as Albert Poland, the founder of the Judy Garland fan club.
The business also has a reputation for ruthlessness, and Phillips writes about encountering plenty of that. Her relationship with Liza didn’t end well; as she tells it, having reached the heights of stardom, Minnelli unceremoniously dumped Phillips as her agent. Getting dumped happens to agents a lot, even ones as successful as Phillips and her friend Sue Mengers (the “Sue” of the title), a colleague at Creative Management Associates (into which Fields and Begelman’s firm evolved). Phillips has some none-too-flattering stories to tell about stars who have dumped her, but her book contains positive portrayals as well. Robert Redford (the “Bob” of the title) emerges as a man of great integrity; he was even a gentleman about switching agents, something for which Phillips blames herself, as she didn’t recognize that he wanted to become a director.
“Robert Redford was a prince,” she tells The Advocate. “When he moved on, I understood it. I felt I had dropped the ball.”
Another client she praises is David Bowie, “so intelligent and so gifted,” despite an incident early in their relationship. She signed Bowie just off the success of his 1972 Ziggy Stardust album and booked a massive concert tour for him; almost immediately he wanted to cancel it. She flew from her home base in New York to confront him at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. He was sitting on another man’s lap, they were kissing, and he wouldn’t say a word to her.
She left, frustrated, but on the way home she realized that Bowie probably knew canceling the tour would be disastrous and came to the conclusion he’d staged the event so he wouldn’t have to talk to her. She felt she could persuade him to postpone the tour instead of canceling, and the rest, as they say, is history.
She also has good words for Joan Hackett, a talented actress and good friend who died young; producer Hal Prince, whose name she says suits him; the Broadway cast and creative team of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, on which she was a producer; and numerous others. She’s gotten some criticism for her statements about Garland, although she’s hardly the first to discuss the icon’s difficult side.
“In the guise of love and admiration for Garland, Phillips trashes her former idol repeatedly with every sad tale of bad behavior she trots out,” Lisa Schwartzbaum wrote of the memoir in The New York Times Book Review. Schwartzbaum termed the book “revolting,” adding, “The character slashing here might make even horror fans go, Ick.
Phillips appears to take such critiques in stride. The review, she tells The Advocate, “was not about the book — it was about ‘Who is she to write about this legend?’” She also says she’s not bitter toward Garland and has come to understand her. A catalyst in that understanding was the breakup of Phillips’s marriage to composer Dave Grusin, which sent Phillips into an emotional tailspin and made her recognize herself as codependent — drawn to people in pain, people with addictions. And she wanted to tell this story.
“Suffering a deep depression (although never as deep as Judy’s, whose condition fitted the classic definition of manic-depression), I could finally identify, at least somewhat, with how Judy felt as she valiantly tried to go forward every day,” she writes in the memoir. She also recognizes Garland’s importance in her career and life, writing, “I’m still standing because of the greatest lesson Judy Garland taught me: how not to fold.”
And Phillips says that knowing what she knows now, she’d still advise any young person with showbiz ambitions to “go for it.” She’s continuing to look toward the future herself, discussing the possibility that her book might form the basis for a fictionalized film or TV series about a young female talent agent. And looking back, she would still go into the industry. “I’ve had a magnificent career,” she says.

Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me…, published by St. Martin's Press, is out now. Order here.