During Liza Minnelli's performance at Davies Symphony Hall on Sunday, she noticed a little girl sitting in the front row with her two daddies, Frank Silletti and Sonny Vukic. Six-year-old Ava Vukic was dressed as Minnelli in "Cabaret," in a costume that Silletti made. At the end of the show, Minnelli brought the little girl onstage, sat her in her lap, and sang "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" to her. It was a thrill, notes Silletti, who says the three of them visited Minnelli backstage afterward.
Wasn't Ava overwhelmed by being onstage? Silletti did notice that although Ava smiled back when Liza smiled at her, she looked a little nervous. She explained later: " 'Liza said that she just had knee surgery and I was afraid of hurting her knee.' "
P.S.: The night before, Minnelli, her former stepmother, Denise Hale, and Hale's pal designer, Ken Fulk, had dinner at Gary Danko. And after the performance, Minnelli had dinner at Morton's the Steakhouse. Spies said she was in a party of 12 and "even took the time to visit with other diners who approached her."