Monday, September 13, 2010
Minnelli delights fans at Keith-Albee
Mark Webb/The Herald-Dispatch
Liza Minnelli performs at Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, in Huntington
September 12, 2010 @ 10:30 PM
JEAN TARBETT HARDIMAN
HUNTINGTON -- Kim and John Gross simply had to go see Liza Minnelli Sunday night in downtown Huntington. She's helped them make memories.
When the two were still dating 23 years ago in Miami, Fla., they went to see the Broadway performer during a show in Fort Lauderdale. They taught their three daughters all about her. And when they found out she was coming to Huntington, they knew they had to be there. Kim's mother, Ann Larsen, came along, too.
"It's so exciting that she's here," Kim Gross said. "She's beautiful, and she's wonderful."
Their family was among those who packed the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Sunday evening for Minnelli's show, which kicked off this season's Marshall Artists Series. Among the audience were fans of Minnelli's Broadway, movie and TV work, and fans of her mother, the late Judy Garland.
Marshall University junior Leslee Rice came with friends to the show partly because of Minnelli's talent and partly because of her loyalty to Minnelli's mother.
"I love the 'Wizard of Oz.' I have everything 'Wizard of Oz' ever made," she said. And seeing "Dorothy's" daughter live in Huntington seemed like a rare opportunity.
Minnelli, who has won an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Oscar, shared songs from "Confessions," her new Decca Records CD that will be out Sept. 28.