Thursday, July 30, 2009
Sadly, we couldn't post our favorite shot – the script he carried with him to today's first official rehearsal. He had dinner with Liza Minnelli on Sunday, so we presume the autograph is authentic. She signed the cover "John — Take no prisoners" then drew an arrow to the next page, where she continued, "and f— the wounded!" Really, we can't wait to see how he tops that. Follow him here.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Liza fan Emilio shares a story about Paris and Liza's "Losing My Mind"!
I have a Losing My Mind story:
It was either late 1989 or early 1990 (can't find my old passport). I was in Paris with my Mom and my best friend. One night, my firend and I we went to Le Palace disco, one of the hottest clubs in Paris.
There was a long line to get in. When we finally got in, the place was huge and the music great. Shortly after 0100 AM, they started playing Losing My Mind. The clubgoers started screaming in delight!!! Up to that point, as it was customary in clubs, they had played the first couple of minutes of a song and mixed it with the following one.
Not with Losing My Mind.
Not only did they play the remix in its entirety, but they re-played the mix again back-to-back FROM BEGINNING TO END!!!
I was so happy I had made it to the club and heard Liza's song!!! It was one of the highlights of my trip to Paris...
Monday, July 27, 2009
One night after celebrating her 40th birthday with an intimate family and friends party at NYC’s Hotel Griffou, Jennifer Lopez was at it again on Saturday. This time, the singer/actress and hubby Marc Anthony were joined by a handful of celebrity guests at what was called “An Evening For Lola” at the Edison Ballroom.
Among those in attendance for the bash were Ricky Martin, Liza Minnelli, Gayle King, and J.Lo’s co-star in The Backup Plan, Alex O’Loughlin.
Friday, July 24, 2009
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The one and only Liza Minnelli, an icon of stage and screen and winner of virtually every major award, including an Oscar, four Tonys, two Golden Globes, a Grammy and an Emmy, will present a holiday concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 22 in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.
Tickets for her concert, which will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo, are $126.50, $111.50 and $86.50, and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on July 31.
Tickets will be available in the Center for the Arts box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.com, or may be charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
For more information, go to http://www.ubcfa.org/.
The "American Idol" judgess appears as herself in a Sept. 13 dream sequence when Jane is feeling a little blue. In swoops Paula, bringing along a few of the inspirational encouragements she perfected on the reality show. Here's hoping they have nothing to do with ripping off Jane's head and hanging it from her rear view mirror!
As for Liza, she continues her small screen hot streak -- "Arrested Development," "Saturday Night Live" -- as a sister-sparring psychic on Sept. 20. But they're just two of the amazing celebs crossing paths with our beloved Jane!
"Drop Dead Diva's" Star Studded Season!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
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Liza Minnelli at Ventura's Rubicon Theatre
We’re not quite sure how she found it – we had no idea people who hang out in New York most of the time had even heard of the coastal city – but there she was, resplendent in black, at the gala premiere of “The Best Is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman.”
Perhaps it was the blinding light reflected off the sea of sequins outside the Rubicon Theatre that served as a Kleig light marker, leading Liza (we like to think we're on one-name basis with her, kinda like Madonna and Cher) to the 212-seat venue-in-a-former-church on Main Street.
The Oscar-, Emmy-, Tony- and Golden Globe-winning actress quietly made her way into the theater from a side door, slipping past dapper men in tuxes and women bedecked in sequins and furs – Yes, furs. In July. In the 82-degree heat. – to take her seat among Ventura’s sweaty elite.
Liza's connection to the show was simple: Her friend and longtime collaborator Billy Stritch is music director and performer in the revue-style show. So she served as chairwoman of the gala opening.
Audience members with just the right seats could catch a glimpse of Liza bopping her head, clicking her fingers in time to the music and even singing along with the performers on stage: Stritch, Lillias White, Jason Graae, Sally Mayes, David Burnham and Julia Murney. At one point midway through the show after White hit the final note in “The Oldest Profession” from “The Life,” Liza leaped to her feet to give the Tony winner a hearty standing O.
Afterward, nearly 300 people trekked over to the Marriott Ventura Beach Hotel for the opening night party. There, they received a special treat: The guest of honor and her pal Stritch performed “He’s Funny That Way” from her 2009 Tony-winning Broadway show “Liza’s at the Palace.” OK, so “Liza’s at the Marriott” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but we're sure no one was complaining.
“The Best Is Yet to Come” runs through Aug. 2. (Sorry, we’re told Liza probably won’t be attending future performances there.) You can read Charles McNulty's review of the production here.
You heard it here first: Liza's coming to town
Photo: Liza Minnelli with Billy Stritch. Credit: Rod Lathim
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The Desert Sun • July 19, 2009
Award-winning performer Liza Minnelli made a triumphant desert return when she took to the stage at Morongo Casino Resort and Spa Saturday night.
She recently won another Tony Award, this time for her Broadway tribute to her godmother, Kay Thompson.
Minnelli is no stranger to the area: She gave two benefit concerts in the Coachella Valley and her half sister lives in Rancho Mirage.
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Attention, old chum! Come hear the music play!
Go see Liza Minnelli on Saturday in Cabazon and you can ask her which of her acting credits she thinks is the best -- "Cabaret" or "Arthur 2: On the Rocks."
She's also known for her voice, which is the real reason to see the show. Ten bucks says there are sequins and sparkles involved, too.
by Vanessa Franko
Product Description : Brand new double CD collection.
Number of Discs : 2
1. It`s Just A Matter Of Time2. If I Were In Your Shoes3. Meantime4. Try To Remember5. I`m All I`ve Got6. Maybe Soon7. Maybe This Time8. Don`t Ever Leave Me9. The Travelin` Life10. Together Wherever We Go11. Blue Moon12. I Knew Him When13. Wait Till You See Him14. My Shining Hour15. I Like The Likes Of You16. It Amazes Me17. Looking At You18. I Never Have Seen Snow19. Plenty Of Time20. For Every Man There`s A Woman21. Lorelei22. Shouldn`t There Be Lightning?23. Nobody Knows You When You`re Down And Out24. There Is A Time (Le Temps)25. I (Who Have Nothing)26. M`lord27. Watch What Happens28. One Of Those Songs29. Days Of The Waltz30. Ay Marieke31. Love At Last You Have Found Me32. I`ll Build A Stairway To Paradise33. See The Old Man34. The Parisians35. Imprevu36. Did I Hurt Your Feelings?37. Hello, Dolly! (Live at The London Palladium)38. If I Were In Your Shoes (Live At The London Palladium)39. Maybe This Time (Live At The London Palladium)40. How Could You Believe Me When I Said ...... (Live At The London Palladium)41. The Man I Love42. But The World Goes `Round43. Theme From New York, New York
Release Date: 3rd August 2009Includes: The 3 sensational original 1960s Capitol albums: ‘Liza! Liza!’, ‘It Amazes Me’, and There Is A Time’; plus versions of singles previously unavailable on CD; rare and unreleased recordings from ‘Judy and Liza Live at the London Palladium’, and tracks from the ‘New York, New York’ film soundtrack.All tracks digitally re-mastered at Capitol Studios L.A in 2009 from the original analogue master tapes. Booklet includes sleeve notes by Will Friedwald and rare photos.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
My thought on this...
I think Liza, Bette and Babs would be # 1, 2 & 3..on the list of
Gay Men's list...not lesbian...just my thought.
But Liza is my NUMBER ONE!
As a lesbian...I don't' agree with this list...not totally.
Here's my list:
(the L word ladies): Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig
That's all I can think of at the moment,
I'm sure there are many many more...
Maybe in MY mind, these ladies are my icons
and who I think are so totally gorgeous and hot!
just one more thought I have to tell ya'll.
I was watching an episode of Boston Legal last night,
which by the way is my favorite show...anyway,
to make a long story short,
At the end of the show where Alan and Denny are sitting
on their balcony smoking cigars and drinkin their scotch....
Alan had a gun to his head earlier and they talked about
when that was happening to him, he didn't think about
the people who loved him, he thought about the people HE
loved...and of course Denny says...Me! "no" Alan says,
"it was Liza Minnelli"......
Scene and cut! Priceless!
Lots of Love,
Written by Rachel Cook
Wednesday, 15 July 2009 10:51
An international poll has revealed that Angelina Jolie is the ultimate lesbian heroine.
The survey asked 2600 lesbians to rate who they thought are they top lesbian icons and they came up with the following: 1) Jolie; 2) Madonna; 3) Pink; 4) Martina Navratilova; 5) Ellen DeGeneres; 6) Kylie Minogue; 7) Lady Gaga; 8) Annie Lennox; 9) Beyoncé; 10) Germaine Greer; 11) Liza Minnelli; 12) Gwen Stefani; 13) Cher; 14) Janet Jackson; 15) Tori Amos; 16) Britney Spears; 17) Cyndi Lauper; 18) Scarlet Johansson; 19) Sarah Jessica Parker; and 20) Dolly Parton.
That Jolie has topped our dream list is no surprise, we deigned her our Queen back in 1998 when she portrayed real life lesbian super model Gia. The fact that ex-girlfriend Jenny Shimizu can still get headlines from her affair with Jolie is testimony to not just ours, but the whole world’s obsession with Jolie’s sexuality. However, the majority of the other top lesbian heroines are questionable to say the least.
What were some of the poll-ees thinking when they voted for Britney Spears? Are we that shallow that all it took was one staged kiss with Madonna to capture our imagination? Maybe it was the shaved head. Surely it couldn’t be the snatch shots.
Then there is Janet Jackson. Why? What about Sarah Jessica Parker? What a slap in the face to the real Sex and the City lesbian, Cynthia Nixon. Obviously we’ll choose a straight bottle blonde over a ranga lesbian any day. I guess at least Scarlet is a real blonde.
There were clearly some gay men masquerading as lesbians who were polled because – hello – Minogue, Minnelli and CHER! Cher, who went “ballistic” when her daughter Chastity came out. Nice.
As only two real lesbians made the list obviously sexuality is not a priority when choosing a lesbian icon. kd lang, Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Girls were up for offer but no thanks we’ll take Madonna, Pink and Cyndi Lauper. Rosie O’Donnell came nowhere near making the cut but then again no group wants to claim her, especially lesbians we have successfully managed to ignore the fact that she ever came out. And even though Ellen comes in at number five, where’s her wife? I guess we’re only interested in the big, big names.
Even the one who started it all, Sappho, was nowhere in sight. Great thinkers such as Susan Sontag? No thanks, we’ll take Dolly Parton. Great talents such as Annie Leibowitz or Virginia Woolf? We say ‘Annie and Virginia who?’, and pass them over for Beyonce.
And where were any of the old favourites? Obviously there were some diehard 80s lesbians still pining for Annie Lennox, but where was that other object of lesbian fantasy, Ani Di Franco? It seems we also prefer the old standards in sport too – new breed tennis leso, Amelie Mauresmo, didn’t stand a chance against Navratilova.
The only saving grace was that Paris Hilton didn’t make the list. Word has it she was close though.
July 15, 2009
Jul. 15--The red carpet will be real. The paparazzi will be faux.
And the guest of honor will be a bona fide star.
The Rubicon Theatre Company plans to roll out a red walkway for Liza Minnelli on Sunday, when the singer-actress is scheduled to attend the official press opening of the world premiere of the Ventura theater's latest production, "The Best Is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman." Minnelli should be used to the red carpet routine -- she's won four Tony Awards, an Emmy, an Oscar and a Grammy.
Karyl Lynn Burns, Rubicon's producing artistic director, said that when Minnelli arrives at around 6 for the 7 p.m. show, kids posing as press photographers and fans attired in Rat Pack wear (because Rat Packers Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra made Coleman's songs famous) will await her.
"We're trying not to take ourselves too seriously," Burns said, laughing.
Minnelli doesn't star in the Rubicon show -- although the Coleman revue's cast and crew have impressive Broadway resumes of their own -- but she's agreed to be honorary chairwoman for the production's opening night gala, which includes the premiere and an after-party with a Rat Pack theme at the Ventura Beach Marriott.
To draw Minnelli to Ventura, timing, geography and show-biz loyalty worked in Rubicon's favor.
The singer, Burns said, was planning to be in the area because she's performing at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez on Thursday. More important, however, Billy Stritch, musical director for "The Best Is Yet to Come," is Minnelli's close friend and performing partner. Also, the Coleman show's director, David Zippel, Tony winner for "City of Angels," wrote some of the dialogue for Minnelli's "Liza at the Palace Show," which won a Tony this year for special theatrical event.
Burns said Minnelli, who will toast the cast and say a few words at the after-party, wants the premiere and gala to focus on the show's performers, but "we hope to persuade her to sing one number with Billy."
Although Sunday's performance of "The Best Is Yet to Come" is sold out, the theater is releasing more tickets for the after-party to guests who purchase tickets to the show for another night. Anyone is welcome to attend the red carpet event.
The show runs through Aug. 2. To purchase tickets ($150 for the gala; $39-$65 for regular shows), call 667-2900 or visit http://www.rubicontheatre.org. The Rubicon is at 1006 E. Main St. in downtown Ventura.
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Saturday, July 11, 2009
“Drop Dead Diva,” shot in Peachtree City, nab, Liza Minnelli, Rosie O’Donnell, Paula Abdul,in guest roles
“You’re the nice one!” Jane protests. “You tell everyone they look good!”
Abdul will be back in Atlanta soon to critique “American Idol” contestants for season nine, but this sequence was pure fiction. Shot in Peachtree City earlier this week, the “Idol” judge played a spoof of herself in a dream sequence for a new Lifetime dramedy “Drop Dead Diva,” debuting Sunday at 9 p.m.
The show is bit like “Heaven Can Wait” meets “Legally Blonde,” with a elements of “Freaky Friday” and “Ally McBeal” thrown in for good measure.
Fortunately, Deb, played by theater actress Brooke Elliott, maintains Jane’s legal knowledge so she can still function as a lawyer. Her sassy assistant is played by the only big name on the show: comedienne Margaret Cho.
The pilot for “Diva” was shot earlier this year, mostly in Midtown and Decatur. Once Lifetime gave the the show a thumbs up for 13 episodes, it began taping in Peachtree City in April.
“We are conditioned that beauty comes in a specific package,” said Elliott, who was on the same national tour of “Wicked” as “Idol” runner up Adam Lambert. “That’s not the reality out there. Middle America looks like me. We hope the audience gets that beauty is everywhere and that you don’t have to be size zero to be beautiful.”
While shows such as “Will and Grace” and “30 Rock” became known as guest star magnets, that reputation had to be earned. “Diva” is attracting attention before a single episode has even hit the airwaves. And it’s on a network that a few years ago was known primarily for its oft-mocked “women in peril” films.
But show producers have been showing the pilot around Hollywood circles and the buzz has been so good, they’ve enticed a coterie of big-name stars. Among those who have already flown into Peachtree City to act: Delta Burke (”Designing Women,”), Liza Minnelli, game show host Chuck Woolery, Elliott Gould, Tim Gunn (”Project Runway”) , Kathy Najimy (”Sister Act”), Jorja Fox (”CSI”) and Rosie O’Donnell.
“It’s unheard of,” said co-executive producer Josh Berman, who has similar duties on the hit shows “Bones” and “CSI.” “It’s the most gratifying thing you can imagine as a creator of a show. The first couple of days, writers come up with a list of dream stars. You know you have no money and it never works out. We have literally been able to get every dream actor we’ve wanted for this show.”
While there is a gimmicky aspect to guest stars, the extra publicity is a godsend to hopefully draw an audience beyond the core Lifetime viewer, said Craig Zadan, a co-executive producer whose credits include the film versions of “Hairspray” and “Chicago.”
Lifetime is making a major move into original series and is hoping to amp up its “cool” cred. Already, it has one highly touted series under its belt in “Army Wives.” And after a lengthy court battle, former Bravo stalwart “Project Runway” will debut next month on the network.
Abdul heard about the show through the “Idol” music director, who had a good friend attached to “Diva.” She watched the pilot and wanted in.
“It’s charming as can be,” she said between takes. “It has this magical pixie dust spread all over it. It’s really really well written and very endearing. I don’t know why they picked me because I’m none of that!” (Her episode will air in September.)
Lifetime has also been buoyed by early reviews “It’s hardly a new idea… (b)ut this new show actually makes it work, with both humor and heart,” wrote Star magazine, which gave the show 3.5 stars.
Sony Television built three major set pieces near Peachtree City’s private airport Falcon Field for a show that is supposedly set in Los Angeles: a well-heeled law firm, a decked-out Santa Monica beach pad and a courtroom modeled after a vintage one in Decatur, save for the marble, which is not earthquake-code compliant.
The area may lack palm trees, but the show’s location manager Mitch Harbeson has found places to shoot such as Newnan’s Oak Hill Cemetery and Peachtree City restaurants Thai Spice restaurant and Maguire’s Family and Friends Irish pub.
Taking advantage of improved tax incentives, TV shows and movies have flooded into Georgia. “I love shooting there,” Berman said. “I’d love to shoot everything there. The crews have been wonderful. And we could never do sets like that in Los Angeles. There’s not enough space and everything is so expensive.”
“Diva” employs 120 people, mostly local. The 13 episodes wrap in August.
Friday, July 10, 2009
If you have to ask “Liza who?” then you probably won’t care what we’re about to tell you: The Emmy-, Grammy-, Tony- and Golden Globe-winning performer will be making an appearance in Southern California.
That’s right, Liza’s not at the Palace, Liza’s at the Rubicon. Or she will be next weekend anyway to kick off the opening of “The Best is Yet to Come – The Music of Cy Coleman,” which will have its world premiere at the 206-seat theater in Ventura on July 19.
Coleman, who died in 2004, wrote the music for such shows as “Sweet Charity,” “City of Angels,” “The Life,” “Barnum,” “On the Twentieth Century” and “The Will Rogers Follies.” “The Best is Yet to Come,” devised and directed by Coleman’s friend David Zippel, features performances by Lillias White, Jason Graae, Sally Mayes, David Burnham, Julia Murney and Billy Stritch in a revue-style show with no dialogue.
For those who haven’t figured out who “Liza” is, here’s a clue: Minnelli. The Broadway diva, whose “Liza’s at the Palace” picked up a Tony Award last month for special theatrical event, is serving as the celebrity chairwoman of the Rubicon’s gala event.
Sorry, but tickets for the opening-night show apparently are sold out. We have it on good authority, however, that people willing to shell out $50 can attend the after-party at the Marriott Ventura Beach Hotel, where Minnelli might actually sing a number in honor of Stritch, her longtime collaborator who happens to be the musical director of “The Best is Yet to Come.” The catch is that you also have to buy a ticket to one of the performances to be eligible to purchase a $50 party ticket.
All of this is a fund-raiser for the Rubicon’s new works program. The production of "The Best is Yet to Come" runs through Aug. 2 at the Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St. in Ventura. For more information or to purchase tickets to the show, go to http://www.rubicontheatre.org/ or call (805) 667-2900.
-- Lisa Fung
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
For the first time onstage, in addition to many of her greatest hits, Liza also paid an affectionate salute to her godmother, the late Kay Thompson who was a ground-breaking vocal arranger and musical director/vocal coach at MGM Studios.
Directed by Ron Lewis and supported by a quartet of dynamic singer/dancers, Liza performed musical numbers (with the original vocal arrangements) from Thompson's historic act with The Williams Brothers. Songs include "I Love a Violin," "Clap Yo' Hands," "Jubilee Time," and "Hello Hello."
She was joined by her Broadway co-stars Cortes Alexander, Jim Caruso, Johnny Rodgers and Tiger Martina. The legendary Billy Stritch led the evening on piano as musical director and for those who got to see it, it was certainly an experience that they'll never forget!
The original Broadway cast recording of her incomparable show was released on February 3rd, 2009.
For more information visit, http://www.officiallizaminnelli.com/.