Thursday, July 22, 2010
THE CURTAIN RISES ON JUDY & LIZA
This all new production presented by Waverly Productions will feature live performances of all of your favourite Judy and Liza hits including Cabaret, Maybe This Time and The Man That Got Away performed by West End stars Emma Dears (Mary Magdelene-Jesus Christ Superstar, Ellen –Miss Saigon) and Lucy Williamson (We Will Rock You, Fame and currently playing the lead role of Mavis in the UK No1 tour of Stepping Out). The performances will be intertwined with images of Judy and Liza, whilst Emma, as Liza and Lucy, playing Judy, tell the sensational stories of the lives of two of the world’s most legendary stars of stage and screen.
Emma and Lucy will be backed by a four piece band arranged by Greg Francis, providing the perfect setting for the songs of Judy and Liza, with Musical Direction from renowned Conductor and Composer Michael England, who has worked on a number of West End productions including Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot and Miss Saigon. Michael also conducted the 25th Anniversary cast recording of Les Miserables.
For more information visit www.judyandliza.com
‘So I would dance and she would sing, and it was kind of a family thing. Performing was part of our world.’ Liza Minnelli."
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Add a commentRecommend I’M very fortunate to be asked to go to all sorts of launches and openings. Most of the time it is good fun, a lot of the time it is boring.
But every so often you go to one and a spark is lit, and you think, I am watching something in the embryonic stages that could blossom and hit the public, who love music, right between the eyes. Especially if you are a fan of Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli.
How exciting to bring the music of these two icons to the stage. I must point out from the outset this is not a tribute act, this is two very talented ladies taking you on a journey through music, conversation and film footage between a mother and daughter.
I was sitting in the Noble House bar and restaurant at lunchtime not knowing what to expect. Liverpool-born Emma Dears looks uncannily like a young Liza Minnelli.
Then we were introduced to Lucy Williamson in a vintage dress that Judy definitely would have worn.
There was a feeling I was in the presence of two musical actresses capable of bringing to life two great ladies.
I thought at this time of day their vocal warm up must have been extensive – not the greatest time to sing.
They started and all the hairs on the back of my neck stood up.
I found myself near to tears with emotion. I can’t imagine what state I will be in watching the stage show Judy and Liza.
The show will be at the Hope Theatre at St Helens Theatre Royal and at New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion in November.
To top my lunchtime off the arrangement, by their musical director Michael England, of Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Maybe This Time was the icing on the cake.
Emma Dears will be appearing at Liverpool Pride this August and I’d like to leave you with a quote from Judy about her daughter: “I think she decided to go into showbusiness when she was an embryo – she kicked me so much.”