Liza Stepping Out!

Liza Stepping Out!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Liza Minnelli & Sam Harris - Use What You Got

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Liza Minnelli Joins EVERYTHING'S COMING UP BROADWAYWORLD.COM: A JULE STYNE TRIBUTE On May 11!

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Liza-Minnelli-Joins-EVERYTHINGS-COMING-UP-BROADWAYWORLDCOM-A-JULE-STYNE-TRIBUTE-On-May-11-20140408#



Today, we are incredibly priveleged and humbled to announce that legendary four-time Tony Award-winning Broadway and Hollywood icon Liza Minnelli has agreed to join the starry roster of leading ladies and gentlemen already confirmed for the event and pay tribute to the classic composer.
Tickets are now on sale for EVERYTHING'S COMING UP BROADWAYWORLD.COM, available here.
Following the sold-out success of BROADWAYWORLD.COM VISITS OZ, and FLY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO DAMON INTRABARTOLO earlier this year, this next event in the ongoing series will be an evening directed by BroadwayWorld's own Pat Cerasaro, creator of the popular InDepth InterView series and a wide range of other innovative content for the site, with music direction by Broadway and cabaret veteran Phil Hall.
Performing talent currently scheduled to appear includes (in alphabetical order): David Burtka, Carolee Carmello, Jennifer Diamond, Mandy Gonzalez, Anita Gillette, Randy Graff, Debbie Gravitte, Dee Hoty, Liza Minnelli, Marissa Mulder, Kate Shindle, Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek and Leslie Uggams, with some very special guests and additional surprises to be announced at a later date. Please note that as with all benefit concerts, talent announced is subject to change, based on scheduling.
Tickets are now on sale for EVERYTHING'S COMING UP BROADWAYWORLD.COM, available here.
Jule Styne is a Tony Award- and Academy Award-winning composer known for writing over 1500 songs over the course of his career, including scores for such notable Broadway musicals as GYPSY, FUNNY GIRL, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, PETER PAN, BELLS ARE RINGING, DO RE MI, SUGAR and HALLELUJAH, BABY! Teaming with lyricist Sammy Cahn in the 1940s, he also created a string of Hit Parade leaders and chart-topping hits, including the Oscar-winning "Three Coins In The Fountain" besides many hits culled from his film, TV and theatre scores. In addition to Sammy Cahn, Styne's illustrious collaborators include Stephen Sondheim, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Bob Merrill, Leo Robin and E.Y. Harburg, with their combined efforts over the years having produced such unforgettable showstopping standards as "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "Don't Rain On My Parade", "Let Me Entertain You", "The Party's Over", "People", "Never Never Land", "Just In Time", and "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend", just to name a few - many of which will be performed in this sure-to-be spectacular Mother's Day fundraising event.
Liza Minnelli Joins EVERYTHING'S COMING UP BROADWAYWORLD.COM: A JULE STYNE TRIBUTE On May 11!The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® was founded in 1993 by the late Evelyn H. Lauder as an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to funding innovative clinical and translational research. The mission of the Foundation is not just cure - the eradication of existing disease - but also prevention, which implies stopping cancers before they happen by knowing how they happen. Determined to continue Evelyn Lauder's philanthropic ambition and honor her lasting impact on research, BCRF is fiercely committed to pursuing her vision.
Currently, 91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF is directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than $465 million - over $71 million in fiscal year 2013 alone - to support research at medical institutions across the globe conducting the most advanced and promising breast cancer research.
For more information on the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, please call 646-497-2600 (toll-free, 1-866-FIND-A-CURE), or visit the Foundation web site: www.bcrfcure.org



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

13 Year Old Liza Minnelli sings OVER THE RAINBOW complete version Judy G...

DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE

Liza Minnelli Performs Stunning Rendition Of Her Mother’s Signature Tune “Over The Rainbow”We love us some Liza Minnelli here at Queerty. Besides being Hollywood royalty and one of the most talented entertainers on the planet, Liza has long been one of our most tirelessly devoted allies. However, there’s one thing she won’t do and that’s perform “(Somewhere) Over the Rainbow,” the hopeful Oscar-winning song that’s been associated with her beloved mother Judy Garland for 75 years. But what do you know? Someone just posted a clip of precociously-talented 13-year-old Liza delivering a gorgeous, wistful interpretation of the anthem on Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood, a TV special hosted by the famed gossip columnist. It’s worth the wait.                     Listen to this piece of vintage magic below...

 Full story here: http://www.queerty.com/liza-minnelli-performs-stunning-rendition-of-her-mothers-signature-tune-over-the-rainbow-20140408/$http://www.queerty.com/liza-minnelli-performs-stunning-rendition-of-her-mothers-signature-tune-over-the-rainbow-20140408/#ixzz2yOLhlsxZ

 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Legendary Hollywood Star Mickey Rooney Dies At 93

Stage legend Liza Minnelli posted the following statement on her Official Facebook page regarding the loss of the Hollywood star:

Mickey was somebody that everybody loved, but to me he was part of the family. He was one of a kind, and will be admired and respected always -- Liza Minnelli
http://www.npr.org/2014/04/07/300101780/legendary-hollywood-star-mickey-rooney-dies-at-93

Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 90-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and the Broadway theater, died Sunday at age 93.
Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died at his North Hollywood home.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Liza Minnelli-"ON SUCH A NIGHT AS THIS"[HD][Live 3.28.14] Davies Symphon...

Liza Minnelli EV'RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE"[HD][Live 3.28.14] Davies Sympho...

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Liza Minnelli's wonderful life

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-ca-liza-minnelli-conversation-20140323,0,3612180.story#axzz2xdk66wAQ

Liza Minnelli's wonderful life

The Sunday Conversation: Liza Minnelli is taking her new stage show, 'Simply Liza,' on the road, including her Disney Hall debut. She dishes the new show, her love of Broadway, being a fan of Lady Gaga and that Oscar dig.


In the next few months, Liza Minnelli will bring her new musical show, "Simply Liza," to Vienna, London, Paris and Amsterdam, among other places. There's one stage, however, on which this Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe and Tony winner has never set foot: Walt Disney Concert Hall. That'll change on Tuesday night, when "Liza With a Z" heads to downtown L.A. for a one-night-only performance of some of her favorite songs. Minnelli recently chatted about the show from her home in New York, on the eve of her 68th birthday.
You're a performing icon in so many different arenas — the Broadway stage, Hollywood films, intimate cabarets. Where do you feel most at home performing?
Oh, I think the stage. Because it's what I always wanted to do. I wanted to be an ice skater at first. And then I saw a Broadway show, "Bye Bye Birdie," when I was 12 or 13. I thought: "Noooo, I'd rather do that!" All these kids were in it. Everyone looked like they were having such a good time. It was exciting and immediate. I just became a Broadway baby after that. I started to study about it, I went to summer stock, I was a stage hand.
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You've appeared opposite Robert De Niro and Dudley Moore, been directed by Martin Scorsese. Who would you most like to work with that you haven't yet — sky's the limit?
All of the people you just said — I'd work with them forever, they're just wonderful. OK, let me see. Matthew McConaughey. Tom Hanks. Jared Leto. I admire them so much. I'm a big fan of movies.
What music do you listen to that might surprise us?
I listen to everything, because I love to move. Brazilian music. I love Ella Fitzgerald and Sinatra because of the words. But surprise? Lady Gaga, I love. She's a good singer; she plays the piano. She's a good musician, and she sat down and thought about how to get people's attention.
Speaking of which — what inspired the electric blue streaks in your hair at the Oscars? And were you offended by the joke Ellen DeGeneres made at your expense?
You know, I always loved that color, and I thought, "Well, why not?" So I copied a classic Halston in that color and I put the streaks in my hair and I said, "OK, here we go."
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Ellen — I got my feelings hurt a little bit, but not a lot. And I got over it really quickly. Ellen is terrific, she's really sweet. I don't think she would have necessarily gone out of her way to hurt my feelings — I mean, we know each other. I just think maybe she was advised badly.
What did you think about the Twitter storm the joke caused, with viewers calling Ellen "transphobic"?
In a funny kind of way, you're flattered when people are on your side so much. But Ellen is wonderful, and I'm so sorry that all of this caused [stress] for her. But I had a great time.
You were diagnosed with encephalitis in 2000. Doctors said you'd never perform again. Now you're touring worldwide. How did you will your health back?
They told me I'd never walk or talk again. I thought, "Nah! No, they're wrong!" But I was very, very frightened. I thought, "Wait a minute, wait a minute. My father always told me if you think about it, there's always a way — think!" So I thought, "What do I know how to do? I know how to rehearse." So that's what I did. I started with the alphabet until it was right.
Then the doctor came in, and I said, "I'd really like to try and walk." He said, "Liza, are you kidding? There's no [way]." I said, "I have to just try, one step." I put my hands on his shoulders, and he picked me up and I ended up on my.... But the next day, I did it again until I could take two steps. I channeled faith and determination and joy. I made up my mind that it wouldn't be true.
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What can we expect on Tuesday night?
I put together all the songs everybody always requests, and songs my musician friends really like, and songs that I like. I'll do "Liza With a Z" and "Ring Them Bells." It'll be intimate — sometimes I even ask them to turn off the house lights so I can see everybody. There are only six musicians and me. Think that'll be OK? I'm very excited about it.
You've been married four times. Would you ever go there again?
Are you nuts? Are you bananas, woman? Nay!
What do you do for fun when you're not stretched across a piano?
I date and I go out with my friends. Tomorrow is my 68th birthday, and my friends are taking me out to dinner; I'm going on the "Today" show in the morning, then to dinner at Gallaghers. I have three dogs who are divine, schnauzers, they're all related. I have a wonderful life.
deborah.vankin@latimes.com


Thursday, March 27, 2014

BWW Reviews: Endearing LIZA Minnelli Performs at Walt Disney Concert Hall Review

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/BWW-Reviews-Endearing-LIZA-Minnelli-Performs-at-Walt-Disney-Concert-Hall-20140326#.UzSIKs4ZttE


The one and only Liza Minnelli performed last night March 25 in Los Angeles, making her concert debut at the Walt Disney Hall downtown in her new show entitled Simply Liza. Her reception was incredible; with a multitude of standing ovations throughout from members of the packed house, it was obvious that the lady is still very much adored. In spite of some difficulty in walking and standing for a very long time, Liza gave her fans what they wanted, she put on one helluva show. She sat in a large director's chair while singing much of the time, kicking her feet in steady rhythms as if she were dancing. Later in the 100 minute one-act set she affectionately patted her chair and said she wanted to give it - her dear friend - a name. Adorable! Her rhythm, her intense passion for the music, the stage and for her audience is still very much a part of her. Liza is a true showman, has a fiercely funny sense of humor, loves being in front of her fans and adores her audience right back. When I saw her do The Act on Broadway in 1977, she amazed me with her vitality, stamina and nonstop dancing moves. Now some 40 years later, as much as I wanted to see the exact same Liza, it took me a while to realize... that I was. Her very presence lifted me and made me feel good. She is still amazing!She gets her sense of humor from her mother, Judy Garland. It's definitely her own, but there were times I felt like I was watching Judy. In her later years, if Judy couldn't hit a high note, she would not raise her arm. She shared this tidbit with Jack Paar on his show. She was brutally honest and oh so lovable. When Liza doesn't quite hit or sustain the high notes, as with "New York, New York" - she made a whole humorous production out of anticipating the final bars - it doesn't matter, because she is Liza, she is there, never giving up, giving it her best shot, entertaining us through and through and for that alone, she merits our deepest appreciation and love.
Backing up Liza was remarkable musical director Billy Stritch at the piano. The other six stellar musicians were: Chip Wilson on bass, Brian Brake on drums, Bill Hayes on percussion, Ross Konikoff on trumpet, Dave Trigg also on trumpet and Dan Willis on reeds, many of whom have been with Liza throughout her performing years.


The show was a musical walk down memory lane through Liza's career with some very fine unforgettable moments. Highlights included: her opening "Teach Me Tonight", "Our Love Is Here to Stay" and a dizzyingly delightful rendition of "Liza with a Z", which Kander & Ebb had written especially for her early on. She performed a very sturdy "What Did I Have I Don't Have Now", a terrific "Maybe This Time" followed by a super great rendition of "Cabaret". Funny, funny, funny... when Liza got to the lyric line about Elsie dying "Well, that's what comes from too much pills and liquor", she stopped with a long frozen pause, bringing down the house. There were two sensational Charles Aznavour songs: "You've Let Yourself Go", about a couple who have magically been in love a long, long time and "What Makes a Man a Man", one of the most dramatic and touching stories through song... ever. Liza adored Aznavour and her interpretation of the latter was simply the best... she got up walked around and struck a theatrical pose from behind at song's beginning and end. Remarkable stuff! Also on tap were more Kander & Ebb greats, a feverishly happy "Ring Them Bells", and "The World Goes Round" - Liza's favorite. Up then, a lovely duet with Stritch on "I Can't Give You Anything But Love". Stritch directly preceded this with a delightfully jazzy solo "No Moon At All" featuring great solo moments on bass and drums.
Liza described quite intimately what was to have been her Broadway debut in 1962 A Little Night Music by lyricist Marshall Barer and music by Hugh Martin - she would have worked with Jeanette MacDonald. Sadly, MacDonald passed away and the show never got produced. Liza treated us to a song from that ill-fated show "On Such a Night As This", filled with precious allusions to Hollywood and to other celebrities besides Miss MacDonald, such as Judy Garland. Wonderful, delicious, riveting material!
As her encore, Liza chose "Every Time We Say Goodbye", which really brought out her genuine warmth, sincerity and unique way with a lyric. Liza Minnelli is still a dynamic, personal storyteller via song, an endearing performer whose passion is full and eternal. It's no wonder she is so loved and cherished by one and all!

he one and only Liza Minnelli performed last night March 25 in Los Angeles, making her concert debut at the Walt Disney Hall downtown in her new show entitled Simply Liza. Her reception was incredible; with a multitude of standing ovations throughout from members of the packed house, it was obvious that the lady is still very much adored. In spite of some difficulty in walking and standing for a very long time, Liza gave her fans what they wanted, she put on one helluva show. She sat in a large director's chair while singing much of the time, kicking her feet in steady rhythms as if she were dancing. Later in the 100 minute one-act set she affectionately patted her chair and said she wanted to give it - her dear friend - a name. Adorable! Her rhythm, her intense passion for the music, the stage and for her audience is still very much a part of her. Liza is a true showman, has a fiercely funny sense of humor, loves being in front of her fans and adores her audience right back. When I saw her do The Act on Broadway in 1977, she amazed me with her vitality, stamina and nonstop dancing moves. Now some 40 years later, as much as I wanted to see the exact same Liza, it took me a while to realize... that I was. Her very presence lifted me and made me feel good. She is still amazing!
She gets her sense of humor from her mother, Judy Garland. It's definitely her own, but there were times I felt like I was watching Judy. In her later years, if Judy couldn't hit a high note, she would not raise her arm. She shared this tidbit with Jack Paar on his show. She was brutally honest and oh so lovable. When Liza doesn't quite hit or sustain the high notes, as with "New York, New York" - she made a whole humorous production out of anticipating the final bars - it doesn't matter, because she is Liza, she is there, never giving up, giving it her best shot, entertaining us through and through and for that alone, she merits our deepest appreciation and love.
Backing up Liza was remarkable musical director Billy Stritch at the piano. The other six stellar musicians were: Chip Wilson on bass, Brian Brake on drums, Bill Hayes on percussion, Ross Konikoff on trumpet, Dave Trigg also on trumpet and Dan Willis on reeds, many of whom have been with Liza throughout her performing years.



More On: Liza Minnelli, Walt Disney, Judy Garland, Billy Stritch, Brian Brake, Bill Hayes, Ross Konikoff, Dave Trigg, Dan Willis, Charles Aznavour.

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Don Grigware Don Grigware is an Ovation nominated actor and writer whose contributions to theatre through the years have included 6 years as theatre editor of NoHoLA, a contributor to LA Stage Magazine and currently on his own website:
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Don hails from Holyoke, Massachusetts and holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Education and Bilingual Studies. Don is a teacher of foreign language and ESL.
Don is a member of the prestigious Road Theatre Company in NoHo and is in his fifth year with BWW, currently serving as Senior Editor of the Los Angeles Page.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Liza Minnelli keeping things simple and having fun on 2014 concert tour

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March 25, 2014 Arts » Pop Music & Jazz

Liza Minnelli keeping things simple and having fun on 2014 concert tour 

Some performers are mononyms by design, like Cher or Madonna. Others evolve into mononyms because the sheer force of their talent and personality makes a surname, no matter how celebrated, superfluous. The point will be proven Friday when Davies Symphony Hall is home to “Simply Liza.”
The concert title is unintentionally ironic, since there’s rarely been anything simple about Liza Minnelli. Complexity is in her genes. The triple-threat artist — the child of Judy Garland, one of the world’s legendary performers, and masterful film director Vincent Minnelli — has been in the spotlight since she made her film debut as a toddler in her parents’ film “In the Good Old Summertime” in 1949.
“This one’s called ‘Simply Liza’ because it’s small,” says Minnelli. “There’s only six or seven musicians and me. That’s it!”
She laughs at the suggestion that it could have been called “Unencumbered Liza” when compared with her lavish and Emmy-winning television concert “Liza with a Z” or her many returns to Broadway’s Palace Theater. “Absolutely! But I’m having such fun with this one.”

She’s having fun with lots of things. She turned 68 this month and is making several tour stops in California. In between concerts she continues her philanthropic efforts, including appearing at a Los Angeles fundraiser last week.
The event was hosted by drag performer Miss Coco Peru and Liza commented online, “Coco and I are going to share an intimate conversation between a couple of girlfriends and raise a whole bunch of money for the LGBT homeless youth.”
Earlier this month, Minnelli had another drag moment, but only by proxy, when Oscar ceremony host Ellen DeGeneres made reference to her as “one of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have ever seen in my life,” closing with, “Good job, sir!”
Minnelli shrugged it off, later commenting that she didn’t think the joke landed, as comedians say, and that she didn’t think Ellen meant anything disrespectful on the night when Minnelli was there with half-siblings Lorna and Joe Luft to pay tribute to their mother, an experience she called “so emotional and so thrilling.”
Honoring her parental legacy — the Minnellis are the only Oscar-winning mother-father-daughter clan, among so many other accomplishments — has always been important to the also Tony-winning star. Still, she demurs when asked about what she sees as her own legacy.
“I think you think about that when you think you’re gonna die, don’t you?” She’d rather keep it in the present. “I’m excited about the new show,” she says, “and I’m really excited about coming to you!”
IF YOU GO
Liza Minnelli
Where: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Tickets: $25 to $150
Contact: (415) 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Liza Minnelli Comments On Oscars, Favorite Actors, Lady Gaga & More

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Liza-Minnelli-Comments-On-Oscars-Favorite-Actors-Lady-Gaga-More-20140324#.UzBacc4wDFx




Remarking on the Degeneres dig, Minnelli states, "Ellen - I got my feelings hurt a little bit, but not a lot. And I got over it really quickly. Ellen is terrific, she's really sweet. I don't think she would have necessarily gone out of her way to hurt my feelings - I mean, we know each other. I just think maybe she was advised badly."

Additionally, Minneli shares her opinion on her picks for actors she would love to collaborate with in the future, opining, "Matthew McConaughey. Tom Hanks. Jared Leto. I admire them so much. I'm a big fan of movies."
Furthermore, Minnelli espouses on her enthusiasm for fellow fashionista, artistic boundary-breaker and pop culture figure Lady Gaga, candidly commenting, "Lady Gaga, I love. She's a good singer; she plays the piano. She's a good musician, and she sat down and thought about how to get people's attention."



Liza Minnelli On Hollywood Childhood, Elvis & SIMPLY LIZA

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Liza-Minnelli-On-Hollywood-Childhood-Elvis-SIMPLY-LIZA-20140318#.UzBU7s4wDFw




Looking back at her legendary heritage - the only Oscar-winning offspring of two Academy Award winners, mother Judy Garland and father Vincente Minnelli - Minnelli states of her upbringing, "I never felt I had to live up to anything!" 

Commenting upon her affection for her favorite Broadway musical, BYE BYE BIRDIE, and its real-life inspiration, Elvis Presley, Minnelli remembers, "I loved Elvis."
Yet, when questioned why she did not proceed to pursue a career in rock music, Minnelli shares, "I couldn't do that. First of all, I was a girl! But I could dance like that! Still can!"
As for her new show, SIMPLY LIZA, Minnelli reveals, "It's called SIMPLY LIZA. It's songs that I like that other people like, some of which I haven't sung in a while and some that I've never sung, [like] 'Yes [I Can]' which opens the show."



Saturday, March 22, 2014

Liza Minnelli and Miss Coco Peru Raise Over $45K for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

http://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/Liza-Minnelli-and-Miss-Coco-Peru-Raise-Over-45K-for-the-LA-Gay-Lesbian-Center-20140321#.Uy1lHc4ZttE
by BWW News Desk
For the eighth installment of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's ongoing series, Conversations With Coco -- Miss Coco Peru's series of live, unscripted interviews with celebrated performing artists -- the L.A. drag legend welcomed the legendary, entertainer Liza Minnelli to the Center's Renberg Theatre. Like her previous get-togethers with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Miss Coco prepared a multi-media presentation featuring highlights of Ms. Minnelli's storied career and a casual yet in-depth conversation.

The sold-out evening raised over $45,000 for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

Conversations With Coco have proven to be among the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center's most popular offerings. "In case you don't know," says Miss Coco, "Conversations With Coco is sort of like Inside The Actors Studio, only it's much more fun," and I'm prettier than James Lipton -- sort of."

Liza Minnelli is in California with her 2014 tour "Simply Liza" and will perform the following shows:

March 22 Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage, CA
March 25 Walt Disney Hall Los Angeles, CA
March 28 Davies Hall San Francisco, CA