Monday, September 27, 2010
Portland Rolls out Red Carpet for Minnelli
Portland is rolling out the red carpet for megastar and performing legend Liza Minnelli. The singer and actress is scheduled to perform material from her new CD, Confessions, along with some old favorites, at Merrill Auditorium on Wednesday. She'll be accompanied by a sextet of musicians led by pianist Billy Stritch.
Tomorrow afternoon, Portland Mayor Nicholas Mavodones will present Minnelli with a key to the city. Minnelli is the winner of four Tony Awards, an Oscar, a Grammy, two Golden Globes and an Emmy. She is the daughter of two legends, singer and actress Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli.
At age 64, Minnelli is still performing widely, despite recent knee replacement surgery. Her new CD features material that she says she likes to sing with friends around the piano.