Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Liza Minnelli's show salutes her godmother: New Liza interview from the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH Newspaper / STLToday.com, Friday, August 29th, 2008,
POST-DISPATCH THEATER CRITIC
08/31/2008Liza Minnelli is the only Academy Award winner whose parents both won Oscars of their own.But she doubts that genes explain everything. "If that were true," she laughed, "wouldn't things be different for Frank Sinatra Jr.?"But in the nature-vs.-nurture debate, Minnelli does all right on the nurture side, too. Her parents, entertainment legend Judy Garland and celebrated movie director Vincente Minnelli, knew everybody — and they introduced their daughter.The great lyricist Ira Gershwin was her godfather; her godmother was writer and performer Kay Thompson, of "Eloise" fame. Composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II bestowed the slightly misspelled name "Ensign Lisa Minelli" on one of the nurses in the chorus of their 1949 smash hit, "South Pacific." "They were just the neighbors," Minnelli says now.A superstar since the 1970s, a fashion icon in sequins and a jet-black gamine coif, a long-reliable source of tabloid gossip, Minnelli was born famous. Then she lived up to the legacy. She got an early start. Minnelli made her screen debut at 3, playing her mother's daughter in a 1949 costume musical, "In the Good Old Summertime."
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Photos by Derek Storm/Retna Ltd.
Monday nights might be dark on Broadway, but the stars certainly light up the stage at Birdland on their off nights! Jim Caruso's Cast Party has seen it's share of celeb-studded evenings, but on Monday, August 26, the club was jam-packed with showbiz royalty, all entertaining each other at the concert grand piano. Liza Minnelli brought the sold-out room to pin-drop silence with the Aznavour standard "You've Let Yourself Go," then launched into a duet with Billy Stritch of "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," dedicated to pal Mary-Louise Parker, who was also in the crowd. The new cast of Altar Boyz entertained everyone with one of their signature numbers, with composer Gary Adler at the piano. LaLa Brooks, who was the lead singer for The Crystals, sang her 1963 hit "Da Doo Ron Ron!" Manhattan Transfer alum Laurel Masse showed off a swingin' piece from her upcoming Broadway at Birdland concert. Josh Grisetti and Emily Shoolin performed a hilarious song from the York Theatre production of Enter Laughing. Broadway beauty Luba Mason performed "All That Jazz," and announced her Birdland debut to launch the upcoming Brazilian cd, "Krazy Love."
Jim Caruso's Cast Party takes place every Monday night at 9:30. Birdland is at 315 West 44 Street, NYC. Call 212-581-3080 for reservations. There is a $10 cover and $10 food/drink minimum.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Legendary singer Liza Minnelli is one of the bigger names confirmed for the 2008-09 season announced by The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall yesterday.
Minnelli performs at Roy Thomson Hall Mar. 2 (tickets $189.50, $59.50), her first visit to the venue since a four-night run there 26 years ago.
Monday, August 11, 2008
by Michael Portantiere
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
08/07/2008Liza Minnelli, an entertainer famed for her Oscar-, Tony- and Grammy-winning performances, will open the new Lindenwood Center for the Fine & Performing Arts with a solo concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 and 12.Her concert includes some of her biggest hits - "All That Jazz," "Cabaret," "New York, New York" - as well as a tribute to her godmother, the late Kay Thompson.
An actress and singer who came from St. Louis, Thompson is probably best known as the author of the "Eloise" books about a little girl who lives in the Plaza Hotel. Minnelli’s parents, of course, were film star Judy Garland and the celebrated director Vincent Minnelli. The Lindenwood Center, 2300 West Clay Avenue in St. Charles, is a $32-million addition to Lindenwood University. Tickets for "Liza Minnelli in Concert" go on sale Monday at telecharge.com ( 800-447-7400 ). The cost $125 to $200; tickets for most shows will range from $25-$75. For information about all the Lindenwood programs, including schedules and ticket prices, call the box office ( 636-949-4433 ) or visit lindenwoodcenter.com online.
Actually, most of it’s there at least for the rest of the season. The Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel are staying put, and Nathan’s, of course.Oh, far out! I love going to Nathan’s for a=2 0hot dog, with the works!
Nathan’s hot dogs are a great source of protein; a gal’s gotta keep up her energy somehow.And there’s so much dancing in this show! [Laughs] A whole section is based on my godmother, Kay Thompson. She was the best musician anybody had ever met: She changed the sound of music and harmonies; she starred in movies and a nightclub act that knocked everybody’s socks off; she was the [musical director] of MGM and a huge radio star. She had a real Renaissance life. A lot of the music that my godmother did I do in my show, so I jump around quite a bit.
What songs of hers will you do?Well, she was in Funny Face and she sang “Clap Your Hands” with Astaire. And there’s one song of hers that I just love an arrangement of which is, um… [Sings] “Won’t you come and go with me to the Mississippi.” You know, “Basin Street Blues.” We’ll do those for sure.
Are there any songs you feel obligated to sing but you’d rather say, “Oh, the hell with it”?Oh, no! That sounds awful, that’s like spitting in God’s eye! I mean, I’m so lucky. I just feel blessed that I can go on the stage and go in the studio. It’s a rare career I have.
Aside from your godmother, whom do you listen to when you feel like just putting on a record?Maroon 5, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett. There’s some good rock & roll going around—I’m on a couple of those albums! And then I’ll listen to classical music. I think music illustrates one’s heart. The last thing I listened to on my iPod was this wonderful writer singing a blues song called “A Very Dirty Shade of Blue.” It’s funny! [Giggles]
It’s interesting that you should perform the music of another member of your family circle. Do you find any difference between strictly your fans and those who discovered you through your lineage?You know, they may come for one reason, but they leave with another. As Fred Ebb said, “Whatever brings ’em in, you shouldn’t worry about it. It’s what they think when they go out that’s your problem!”
Liza Minnelli plays the Seaside Summer Concert Series Thu 7.
— Erin Meister
Thursday, August 7th 2008, 4:00 AM
The 62-year-old showbiz icon will be accompanied by 12 musicians on familiar tunes, including "Maybe This Time," "My Ship" and "The Man I Love."
"I choose songs as an actress chooses roles," says Minnelli. "Each song to me is a different character. I know what color hair and eyes the girl has, how many decals are on her refrigerator, what has led her to this exact moment."
Do you have a favorite song to sing in concert?
I love "So What" from "Cabaret." It wasn't in the movie, but Lotte Lenya sang it on stage. I do it every time I perform. "So What" is so profound. It says, "So you've got problems, so what." I just love that.
Do you relate?
I just love it.
You open the show with "I Can See Clearly Now" - an optimistic curtain-raiser. Is getting the right start important?
Well, you walk out on stage, you look at the audience, they look at you and the relationship starts. They make it all possible in that song. When I'm on stage, I'm like a tiger or some animal. I prowl around to see who's doing what and then act accordingly [laughs]. I find people's faces in the audience and I sing to them.
Guys or girls?
I don't flirt with the men, I just don't. I always want to get to his wife or his daughter as if to say, "You know what I'm talking about."
How do you keep a signature song like "New York, New York" fresh?
I think of a girl who's thinking, "I want to go to New York. I'm not already in New York. I want to go to New York, you know, and be on Broadway."
Speaking of Broadway, You've been working on a musical salute to your godmother, Kay Thompson, the actress and "Eloise" author. Are you doing any songs from that show tonight?
No. But I would love to bring the Kay show, with a little bit more work, to Broadway. I'm going to get Johnny [Kander, the "Cabaret" composer] to help me because he's great. I'm going to call it "Bazzaz," after a song Kay wrote, I think. I'm not sure. You know lawyers - you can't say anything until everything is signed. We're just in the middle of finding out the what and where and when. When we get everything settled and can step back, we'll know what to call it.
What do you feel on stage?
It's the place where one feels the most immediate. You can't think of the future and you can't think of the past. You've got to sing the lyric.
Getting there: The park is a short walk from the Stillwell Ave./Coney Island Station on the D Train and the W. Eighth St./N.Y. Aquarium Station on the Q or F.
I was able to catch some video to share and remember, but being there with Liza & hearing her voice fill the air was what it was all about, enjoy...
He's Funny That Way, just beautiful!
Liza's powerful "What Did I Have I Don't Have Now?"
life is a "CABARET"
the finale..."New York, New York"!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Hi all LIZA fans and internet goup members, an idea has come up that fans who want to meet and chat at the Liza Coney Lsland show this Thursday August the 7th should wear a RED RIBBON on thier shirt or wrist so we can easily approach each other to meet and enjoy our Liza day, it's going to be a great one, thanks Shannon & love, Sammy.