Liza Minnelli Stepping Out! 2015

Liza Minnelli Stepping Out! 2015

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Minnelli's late show for Holocaust Centre

A late-running programme at Sunday's fundraiser for the Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire meant that star attraction Liza Minnelli did not take the stage until 11.45pm.
But the 400 audience members at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in central London were rewarded with a bravura show at what organisers said was the smallest venue the 65-year-old star had played.
As well as performing Cabaret and other well-known songs, Ms Minnelli regaled the crowd with anecdotes from a life in showbusiness.
Her appearance was the icing on the cake for organisers of the first White Rose Ball, inspired by an idea from a volunteer at the centre, which raises awareness of the Holocaust and other genocides. The fundraiser was developed by a committee including Groucho Club host Bernie Katz and its title reflects the centre's garden of white roses, the emblem of the anti-Hitler resistance movement in Germany.
Ms Minnelli, who toured the premises last week, dedicated her performance to the centre, praising the way it showed school groups that prejudice was unacceptable.
The meal featured dishes created by celebrity chefs Fergus Henderson and Tom Parker Bowles and the entertainment also included performances by the cast of Jersey Boys and the former Jonathan Ross chat show band, Four Poofs and a Piano. Among the celebrity diners were actress Emilia Fox and singer Will Young, who said the evening was both enjoyable and supporting a vital institution. "It's not necessarily about looking back - it's about looking forwards. It's so important to break down notions of bigotry and racism."
Auction lots ranged from a Fabergé egg to a Cindy Lass painting embedded with Swarovski crystals. A print from a limited run by graffiti artist Bansky fetched £4,000. Around £175,000 was raised on the night.
The first half was hosted by TV and radio presenter Richard Bacon, who joked that the organisers could not have chosen someone with a less kosher name. Taking over, Maureen Lipman - who donated one of her own paintings to the auction - stressed the importance of the centre's work.
"I think it's an incredible project. There's a big problem that, once the survivors have gone, it [the Shoah] will be open to revisionism, to people who say the Holocaust didn't really happen, or was not on that scale.
"That's why we need to educate the young," she said, adding that she was impressed that the centre also covered issues such as racism and bullying.
"A bequest to the Holocaust Centre is more important than your daughter's wedding, because it will ensure that your daughters and granddaughters are able to have a wedding."
Former Board of Deputies president Henry Grunwald introduced three short clips featuring testimony from survivors and an explanation about the White Rose movement. The centre had become "a second home for these survivors and crucially a place where they can tell their stories", he said.

Monday, September 26, 2011

MUSIC legend Liza Minnelli gave a moving performance this weekend after visiting the UK’s first holocaust centre.
The 65-year-old appeared at the White Rose charity ball on Sunday in front of guests including actors EmIlia Fox, Dougray Scott, Tara Fitzgerald, Maureen Lipman and singer Will Young.
During her hour-long midnight performance Liza swigged soft drinks and talked of her experience at the Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire where she met a holocaust survivor and schoolchildren: “When they took me up to the Holocaust Centre, I thought it was just going to be dreadful and depressing.
“But children are being told what happened and little by little they hear the journey of a survivor – it helps teach the children and helps him, too.”
The ball at the Park Plaza Hotel in central London raised £100,000 from the sale of tickets and auction items.
We hear hotel staff were in a tizz as Liza enjoyed a cigarette or three  three on the premises.
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Liza Minnelli's awesome live rendition of "Rose's Turn" from Jerry Herman's "GYPSY"

Liza Minnelli will be performing, while paintings, by graffiti artist Banksy and actress Maureen Lipman, will be auctioned.

The extraordinary efforts of a group of German students who resisted the Nazis are to be documented in a series of 140 character messages.
Next Sunday will see a host of stars gather at a London hotel for a ball in aid of the Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire.
Liza Minnelli will be performing, while paintings, by graffiti artist Banksy and actressMaureen Lipman, will be auctioned.
The ball has been named after the White Rose, the emblem of the anti-Hitler student resistance movement in Nazi Germany. Many of the members were executed or imprisoned for their activities after the movement was betrayed in 1943.
As part of the lead-up to the event, their exploits are being chronicled on the social networking site Twitter in a celebration of their bravery.
Every day this week the organisers will post six messages on Twitter in the voices of Willi Graf and Hans and Sophie Scholl. The trio were among those executed by the Nazis.
Their comments will be based on diaries, interrogation reports and other historical materials.
"The drama is based in the historical record as far as possible," said Helen Whitney, chief executive of the Holocaust Centre. "Where dramatic licence has been taken, the drama sticks as closely as possible to what we know of the characters of these three individuals."
The tweets will also be collated on to a blog at the end of every day.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Liza will appear at the The White Rose Charity Ball – Sunday 25th September in London

 Liza will appear at the The White Rose Charity Ball – Sunday 25th Septemberin London to support the Holocaust Memorial & Educational Centre & Aegis Trust

About the charity:

After the Holocaust, the world said “Never Again”, but genocide has continued to destroy lives around the world, while prejudice and discrimination‐ the roots from which division, hatred and extremism can grow – remain deeply embedded in our own society.

The Holocaust Centre is the only place of it’s kind in the UK dedicated to engaging young people and professionals alike, both with the history of the Holocaust and with the gift of choice we all enjoy ‐ whether to be apathetic in response to discrimination we witness on our doorsteps and around the world or to stand up and do something about it.

We are a voluntary committee comprising professionals in all walks of media and working in conjunction with Soho’s Famous Groucho Club, and staff from the Centre itself, leading a charge to raise money to perpetuate the continuation of the Centre, which, is currently operating at a loss.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Month-long Vincente Minnelli film retrospective opens in Lausanne
Wednesday, 7 September, 2011

Month-long Vincente Minnelli film retrospective opens in Lausanne

The Swiss Film Archive based in Lausanne kicks off its new season with a major retrospective dedicated to the work of legenAmerican filmmaker Vincente Minelli. Husband of Judy Garland and father to Liza Minnelli, he is perhaps best known for his musicals, like An American in ParisGigi, and The Bandwagon, which were innovative for its time. The Swiss Film Archive is screening all of Minnelli’s works, from comedies to dark dramas, until the end of September. WRS’s Marc Menichini asks Joe McElhaney, a film professor at Hunter College in New York who has written a book on the Hollywood icon, if one could say Vincente Minnelli brought a certain sophistication to the musical genre:

Liza Minnelli to Guest Star on JOY BEHAR SHOW, 9/9
Wednesday, September 7, 2011; Posted: 11:09 AM - by BWW News Desk 

The legendary Liza Minnelli will appear on The Joy Behar Show on Friday, September 9. The Joy Behar Show airs at 9:00PM (EST) on HLN. As one of New York's great ambassadors Liza was invited on the program to commemorate the World Trade Center's 10th anniversary. Liza reflects upon her infamous appearance at the first Met game following the attack along with how the city responded during that harrowing time.
The daughter of actress/singer Judy Garland and film director Vincente MinnelliLiza Minnelli was destined for stardom, beginning her professional career at age 16 in an off-Broadway revival of the musical Best Foot Forward. In 1965, Minnelli became the youngest woman ever to win a leading actress Tony Award for Flora the Red Menace at the age of 19. Since her early stage performances, Minnelli has continued to appear on Broadway in musicals such as Chicago, Victor/Victoria and The Act. In 1999, she paid tribute to her father in a show called Minnelli on Minnelli. Her most recent stint on Broadway in 2008's Liza's at the Palace... garnered her fourth Tony Award.
Minnelli's concert performances have electrified audiences around the world including London's Palladium, Sydney's Opera House, Paris' Olympia Theatre and New York's Carnegie Hall. In 1991, Minnelli's Radio City Music Hall concert engagement broke box office records playing to sold-out audiences for three weeks. She is noted as having starred in the first concert ever filmed for television in 1972. The resulting album "Liza with a Z" was a Top 20 album and won the Emmy for Outstanding Single Program and the prestigious Peabody Award. It has been released in recent years on DVD and aired on Showtime. This year, she will release a new CD, "Confessions" with her longtime collaborator pianist Billy Stritch.
Minnelli has also lit up the big screen in films such as "Charlie Bubbles," "The Sterile Cuckoo," "New York, New York" opposite Robert DeNiro, "Arthur," "Arthur 2" and, most famously, the 1972 film "Cabaret." In 2010, Minnelli will make a much talked about cameo appearance in "Sex and the City 2."
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Liza’s nyet to fashion...headed to Russia!
Don’t look for Liza Minnelli in the front row during Fashion Week -- she’s leaving town to spend a week in Russia. The legendary singer is to be an honorary guest at the Vladivostok Film Festival, where they’re screening her classic “Cabaret.” Minnelli’s absence will also be felt at the Alexander Wang after-party with Love magazine, given that Minnelli’s edgy pictorial for Love with Terry Richardson -- where Minnelli shows off a great pair of gams -- has already received a fair share of buzz.

Sunday, September 4, 2011