by Michael Portantiere
Boasting of having recently lost 45 pounds, Liza Minnelli looked "terrific!" in the concert she gave in Coney Island's Seaside Park last Thursday, with Christopher Cross (of "Arthur's Theme" fame) as her opening act. Although she was jet lagged and seemed to be in pain of some sort, Liza also sounded great -- better, in fact, than I've heard on any occasion during the past 15 years or so. Lovingly supported by musical director Billy Stritch and a 12-piece band, she wowed the fan-filled crowd with "My Own Best Friend," "Cabaret, "Maybe This Time," "Ring Them Bells," "New York, New York," and other selections from her stack of hits, plus "Teach Me Tonight," "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?", "My Ship / The Man I Love," and several more gems. Here are a few photos of the indomitable Miss M. doing her amazing stuff.