Friday, November 30, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
|Betty White, Liza Minnelli, Wendie Malick and Tamara Tunie Visit Michael Feinstein|
Betty White, Liza Minnelli, Wendie Malick and Tamara Tunie were on hand for opening night of Michael Feinstein's "A Gershwin Holiday" engagement at Feinstein's at Loews Regency.
28 Nov 2012
The show continues through Dec. 22.
Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, Master Classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country. Michael serves on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board, an organization dedicated to ensuring the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America’s sound recording heritage.
Feinstein's at Loews Regency is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street. There is a $60 cover charge per person with a $40 food and beverage minimum. Special packages with signed books and a “meet and greet” opportunity are also available. Jackets are suggested but not required. For reservations, call (212) 339-4095. For more information, visit FeinsteinsAtTheRegency.com.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
Adams on Reel Women: Liza Minnelli on beauty, mom and dad, and her first Oscar nomination for ‘The Sterile Cuckoo’
By Thelma Adams | The Reel Breakdown – Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:11 PM EST
It's that voice that got me when Liza Minnelli phoned last Friday. The way it squeaks at times and then expands with feeling; the way it rises up as if it's trying to touch you, to prod you, to share the same emotion as the speaker. The way the voice never stays still and carries a bit of her mother, Judy Garland, like a genetic imprint, but still is all Liza (with a "z").
Liza made her film debut as a lead actress in 1969 for director Alan J. Pakula in "The Sterile Cuckoo." Now available for the first time on DVD and Blu-Ray from Olive Films, the dramedy is a simple story: A young woman named Mary Ann "Pookie" Adams takes the bus upstate to a girl's college near Hamilton, New York. She meets a straight-laced boy, Jerry (Wendell 'Where is he now?' Burton), who's traveling to the neighboring men's college and badgers him into a friendship. In her freshman year, Pookie loses both her virginity and her equilibrium, but manages to come out the other end with her spirit battered but intact.
Minnelli earned an Oscar nomination for this, her first lead role in a film notable for the strong portrayal of a kooky young woman of unconventional beauty at its center. It anticipates "Love Story," which came out the following year, without the melodrama and uber-beauties Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal. Pakula, having gotten his taste of directing with "The Sterile Cuckoo," went on to make the "paranoia" trilogy "Klute," "The Parallax View," and "All the President's Men." Meanwhile, the newly minted Oscar nominee went on to win an Oscar for "Cabaret" and star in "New York, New York" and "Arthur." She's recently turned up on TV's "Arrested Development." And Liza popped around by phone to discuss "The Sterile Cuckoo," her first-born and a movie of which she's still enormously and rightfully proud.
Thelma Adams: I'm so happy there's a revival of "The Sterile Cuckoo." It was made over 40 years ago and it still looks fresh and raw. When was the last time you saw it?
Liza Minnelli: It's been years. I went to the opening with everybody in L.A. At the time, I didn't care much about doing movies. I loved Broadway. And my friend Tony Bill sent me the book and thought I should play Pookie Adams. I loved the character. I fought for it and I waited. I went in to audition and everybody was dressed in kooky clothes — it was the '60s. I wore what my father would have dressed me in for school but with the zipper undone on the skirt. The shirt collar was in the sweater. And they believed in me.
TA: What happened next?
LM: So Alan Pakula, who was producing, said he would do it. His partner Robert Mulligan ("To Kill a Mockingbird") was the director. And then Alan said, "I want to direct it." We went to studios and they wouldn't accept me. They said, "She's not discovered, people. She's never been in a film." So meanwhile, I went to London and got a job in Pakula's "Charlie Bubbles" to get a credit. The studio still didn't want to do it, so Alan changed studios to Paramount and we finally got it done.
TA: Do you think it hurt your career that you're not — I hate to say it — conventionally beautiful?
LM: Of course, but neither was Pookie. I hope I helped her out a little bit. My father [director Vincente Minnelli] was very smart. After I cut my hair off — before the screen test I had long hair — he said you still look almost too distinctive. "You should dye you hair," Daddy said. "You should have it streaked."(Because I have dark Italian hair.) Daddy said, "You have to look more conventional, more nothing. And you're very distinctive." So I followed his advice and it worked.
TA: It definitely did. What I love about the movie is that it's constructed around this rare bird of a young woman. She's not conventionally beautiful like Ali MacGraw in "Love Story." Pookie doesn't fit in, although she tries. She's not an obvious love object. She's in your face. She withholds emotional information. She gets drunk and tells intimate secrets about other girls, only some of which are true. And yet she is an idiosyncratic character that fits perfectly in the American movies of the late 1960s and 1970s.
LM: The best I can do in this article is agree with you. In that era, conventional beauty was happening, in movies like "Love Story," and all those wonderful movies with perfectly happy endings. It was weird — the guys were starting to get less conventional: Jack Nicholson, John Cassavetes, and Dustin Hoffman.
TA: There's a wonderfully awkward scene when Pookie and Jerry go off to one of those seaside cabin courts in the dead of winter to make love for the first time. She wants to have sex and he's reticent once they've finally entered the chilly hotel room. And it's clearly told from Pookie's point of view.
LM: I was so into the part and into Pookie. I was looking at everything from her perspective. We went up to Hamilton College. We were really isolated. It was wonderful. I never went to college and I changed schools so much because we traveled. I knew how Pookie felt in school. Being quiet and not saying much of anything. I wasn't like her, but I understood her. She was lonely and needy and full of spirit. She was not part of the in crowd, the kind of girl that had one best friend in school. We changed schools so often you didn't have time to be in the groove and I was shy. I was much more like Pookie than Sally Bowles.
TA: How was the movie received at the time?
LM: It was received really well and I got nominated for an Academy Award. I couldn't believe it!
I was all surprised and my dad said, "You do a good job and these are the consequences." He said, "I'm really proud of you."
TA: How did your mother [Judy Garland] react?
LM: I remember being so enthusiastic about this, that I had found a part that I could play. I sent her the script and she called me. I was in New York and she said, "Why do you want to do this part?" I said, "It's a really good part." She said, "But she's so lonely."
TA: What was your response?
LM: "There's part of her in all of us, isn't there? Isn't that why you're asking, Mother?"
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
LIZA MINNELLI TO APPEAR ON CURRENT TV's JOY BEHAR: SAY ANYTHING!" ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
"Joy Behar: Say Anything!" will welcome the legendary Liza Minnelli for the first time on Tuesday, November 20.
Minnelli will be a guest on the Current TV program to talk about her new CD Liza Minnelli Live At The Winter Garden which was released earlier this year and her year-long tour which concludes on December 13 & 14 at the Segerstrom Center For the Arts in Costa, Mesa, CA.
The long-awaited Live At The Winter Garden recording is derived from the original master engineered by Phil Ramone. The recording includes performances from Minnelli's Broadway show in Janyary 1974 as well as three recently discovered live bonus tracks that were not included on the original LP. Only pirated versions of the album have circulated since.
Liza's Costa Mesa concerts will find her sharing the stage with MenAlive: The Orange County Gay Men's Chorus. She will perform a signature set accompanied by her own band and will collaborate on numbers featuring the MenAlive Chorus.
"Joy Behar: Say Anything!" airs on Current TV at 6:00PM (EST) and repeats at 9:00PM (EST).
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Liza Minnelli, Carolee Carmello, Kathie Lee Gifford, Have Faith in Broadway's Scandalous on Opening Night
Hoda Kotb, Frank Gifford, Kris Jenner, Matt Lauer, and Regis Philbin were among those took in the heavenly new bio-musical at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Guests at the performance included Gifford's husband, football legend Frank Gifford, and their children Cassidy and Cody; Gifford's Today Show cohorts Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Sara Haines, Willie Geist, Jill Martin, and Bobbie Thomas; Tony and Oscar winner Liza Minnelli; legendary TV personality Regis Philbin, television personality Kris Jenner, playwright Theresa Rebeck, Tony Award-winner Lillias White, and stage favorites Eve Plumb, Jim Caruso, and Jackie Hoffman.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Huffington Post | By Amanda McGowan Posted: 11/14/2012 8:56 am EST
Liza Minnelli Sports A Fall Style That's Award-Worthy
Liza really came into her own during the '70s when she often wore the designs of her best friend and default personal stylist Halston. Once under Halston's fashionable wing, the raven-haired beauty became a favorite of Andy Warhol and a frequent party-goer at Studio 54. She also developed a killer wardrobe with sequins, draped
In this 1970 photo Liza grins for the paparazzi as she steps out in a swoon-worthy fall look. With her matching gray suit, fur stole and silver pendant necklace she oozes seventies New York cool. We can only imagine what hip party she was headed to. Would you try Liza's chic ensemble?
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
In a statement, NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt called Minnelli “the essence of a multi-talented, singular show business sensation, particularly for her extraordinary contributions to Broadway."
"What could be more fitting than to have her legendary talent on a show that celebrates a world Liza has dazzled for decades?” Greenblatt said. “I had the pleasure of working with Liza when we restored her landmark television special ‘Liza With a Z' at Showtime, and to see her artistry up close and personal is a thing to behold."
(Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times / August 11, 2012)
By Everett Evans | November 12, 2012
Liza Minnelli can still do it - still storm on stage, take command and galvanize an audience.
She proved that Saturday at Galveston's Grand 1894 Opera House, from the moment she strutted out
It made a fitting opener for a star who is one of the last of her breed: the pure entertainer who's crazy about performing, loves her audience and always gives it everything she's got.
Sure, the voice is not what it once was - breathless at times, with moments of slurred diction or uncertain pitch. It's hard for her to nail those big high notes now, harder still to hold them, so she sometimes tries the repeat-attack approach. Yet the anticipatory "Can I hit it?" leading into such moments only puts the audience more in her corner. Her step, too, is wobbly now and then, and she spends half her stage time perched in a director's chair. Given her tumultuous life and health problems of recent years (including
Yet it's amazing how little any of this matters, because her presence, charisma and performer's instincts are undiminished. The gutsiness and indomitability are as much a part of her mystique as her storied career and phenomenal lineage. The rapport between the star and her fans has an almost-revivalistic fervor, as was certainly the case Saturday. She knows how to build the rapt attention and rhapsodic enthusiasm to fever pitch, making every song a personal manifesto.
Especially plying her husky lower range in intimate readings of quieter ballads, Minnelli's voice still impressed with its warmth, musicality and genuine passion.
Naturally, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Minnelli's own patron saints among the great songwriters, were well represented. She recalled her replacement stint in the original "Chicago" with the torchy "My Own Best Friend." Of course, the night's biggest cheers greeted her signature songs "Maybe This Time," "Cabaret," "New York, New York," and (arguably the team's best of all) "The World Goes Round," in which her intense focus and charged delivery proved particularly potent.
Her superb accompanist/music director Billy Stritch and his seven-member band supported her splendidly throughout; he also contributed some spiffy vocals, really percolating in "No Moon at All."
Even without sequins (the airline lost her luggage, she said, explaining her simple red sweater over black top and slacks), Minnelli razzle-dazzled 'em. Whatever it is that makes a star, she's still got it.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Posted: October 4, 2012
“Well, I am one of the 10 best dressed women in the world — so they tell me.” Who tells you? “They tell me.” She gave an abrupt shout of laughter and then looked gloomy, as if the sound of her voice depressed her. Dressed in a beige knitted suit bordered with a brown frieze and wearing no make-up, she apologised for keeping us waiting just a few minutes, and explained that she had been rehearsing for the three concerts that she was to do in London later that week. “Do you mind if I eat something? I haven’t had a bite all day.” Rapidly she spooned her way through a plate of clear soup, crunched some celery, and cut a slice of cheese which she ate like cake. Did she diet? “No, I really don’t have to. I drop pounds when I work; the weight just rolls off.” When she I was younger she tipped the scales at over ll stone; she’s thinner now, but still nicely curvy rather than model-girl skinny.
LM: I'm still the gal who sits in a dressing room somewhere in the world anxiously waiting to hear the cue from a stage manager yell "You got FIVE minutes before curtain goes up, Miss Minnelli!" That's when I know I'm still alive!
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
By Everett Evans | November 8, 2012 | Updated: November 8, 2012 10:28pmEveryone knows Liza Minnelli is a legend. But did you know she's now also a landmark?
No kidding, the New York Landmarks Conservancy this very month has declared Minnelli a living landmark. True, the honor has been bestowed upon a number of theater greats, but it does underscore Minnelli's iconic status. Call her legend, landmark or just plain Liza, she will perform Saturday at Galveston's Grand 1894 Opera House.
Her "Confessions" show takes its title from her well-received 2010 CD, a change of pace that showcased a gentler Minnelli in intimate renditions of her personal favorites, songs not previously associated with her. But she confides she'll make room for the signature numbers fans expect to hear.
With this year's 40th anniversary of the release of "Cabaret" and her "Live at the Winter Garden" concert just released on CD for the first time, many fans are looking back to the star's 1970s salad days. Yet however grateful for those times, Minnelli says she's most concerned with the here and now.
Q: Can you single out the proudest achievement of your career - the show or film that was most satisfying to do?
A: I always look forward to the next thing. I look forward to the Galveston date.
A: I hope they can expect a good show!
Q: One of the qualities most remarked upon throughout your career has been your dynamism, your way of giving 1,000 percent at every show. What's the secret to that?
A: Imagine that you have 2,000 people looking at you. You'd be energized, too, and want to do your best. It's called "Deliver!" That is my job, and I chose it, and I love to do it. And I sure don't want to disappoint anyone who's come out to see me. Whenever I go out onstage, I pretend I am in front of a big V. And standing behind me are my parents, and Fred and John, and Marvin (Hamlisch) and Bob (Fosse) - and really an army of all the people who have believed in me and helped me and been my friend. So I am never, never out there alone.
Q: Given your parentage and the environment of your early years, is there any way that you would not have gone into show business?
A: At one time, I wanted to be an ice skater.
Q: But that's performing, too, isn't it? Many people with legendary parents never quite emerge from their shadows. How did you manage it?
A: I learned the craft from the bottom. When I started as a teenager, I worked at everything, including hanging lights and scenery. This has always been something I was doing because I loved it. I grew up with this and, you know, I like to learn. And early on, I had the good fortune to meet these terrific people, like John and Fred, Bob Fosse and Marvin Hamlisch - people who influenced me and shaped my career. I looked for the best and tried to figure out how to work with them.
Q: I was very moved by "Minnelli on Minnelli," your 1999 Broadway show in tribute to your father. Do you feel a responsibility to the legacy of your parents?
A: It's not that I feel a responsibility. It's more like, "Man, you don't want to miss this, this was great!" I've always said my mother gave me my drive, and my father gave me my dreams. I never wanted to use them. If I did it, I wanted to do it myself and make them proud of me. That was a promise I made to both of them.
Q: You got a lot of attention for your cameo in "Sex and the City 2," doing Beyoncé's "Single Ladies."
A: That was fun. When I was asked to do it, I said, "Terrific." I know everybody in the cast, and I respect Beyoncé. We got Ron Lewis, whom I've worked with on several shows, to choreograph it. He included her (Beyoncé's) most famous moves but made them fit me.
Q: I understand "Arrested Development" is coming back, and you'll be back in your recurring role as Lucille Austere.
A: I love the whole cast, and Mitchell (Hurwitz, the series' creator) is dead wonderful. We've made some new episodes for Netflix already, and I'll be doing more when I go back after my tour dates.
Q: What keeps you going?
A: Health. Going to dance class every day. If you are a performer, you are an athlete. You have to keep up. I think back on all I've learned - that it's all been so interesting and exciting. Mostly, what I feel is a lot of gratitude. But, going forward, the most important thing to have is curiosity. What is happening now and what's next. And I'm a great audience. I go to see a lot of people, and I love to find new talent and help support it. (She gave major early boosts to the careers of Michael Feinstein and Billy Stritch.) Lately, I'm a big fan of a young singer and pianist named Nicholas King. He's really good, and he's serious about it and wants to learn. That's what I admire. When somebody doesn't just want to be a star, they want to do it well and have fun doing it.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice, Galveston
Tickets: $45-$185; 800-821-1894
Liza Minnelli at a glance
Liza Minnelli has been showbiz royalty from her birth - to mother Judy Garland, still regarded as one of the most electrifying entertainers of all time, and father, Vincente Minnelli, famed director of such classic films as "An American in Paris," "The Band Wagon" and "Gigi."
Yet Minnelli made it big on her own. She apprenticed in summer stock, made her off-Broadway debut at 17 in a 1963 revival of "Best Foot Forward" and two years later won her first Tony for her Broadway debut in "Flora the Red Menace." It was also the Broadway debut of John Kander and Fred Ebb and the beginning of the brilliant writing team's long and fruitful collaboration with Minnelli.
The rest is showbiz history, from her first Oscar nomination for "The Sterile Cuckoo" to her win for "Cabaret," other movies including "Arthur" and "New York, New York," such Broadway shows as "The Act" and "The Rink," and celebrated concerts at the Winter Garden, Carnegie Hall and Radio City. Along the way, she's also won four Tonys, two Golden Globes, an Emmy and a Grammy Legend Award.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Liza Minnelli, James M. and James L. Nederlander Are Honored as "Living Landmarks" at Nov. 8 Gala in NYC
By Michael Gioia
08 Nov 2012
The evening begins with cocktail hour at 7 PM and is followed by dinner at 8 PM.
Other 2012 honorees include chef Daniel Boulud, real estate icon Peter L. Malkin and business executive E. John Rosenwald, Jr. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro will receive the Lew Rudin Living Landmark Award for Public Service.
Louise Grunwald and Graydon Carter serve as honorary co-chairs at the gala, and the Celebration Committee includes former "Living Landmarks" Judy Collins, Barbara Goldsmith, Vartan Gregorian, Marian Heiskell, A.E. Hotchner, Ray Kelly, Mathilde Krim, Mary McFadden, Elizabeth Rohatyn, Amy and Howard Rubenstein, Tommy Tune and Bunny Williams.
Liz Smith, who co-chairs the event along with Peter G. Peterson, hosts. Music is provided by Peter Duchin and his orchestra.
The New York Landmarks Conservancy is dedicated to "celebrating, preserving and protecting the iconic buildings and diverse neighborhoods that define this vibrant and extraordinary City." Since its founding in 1973, it has loaned and granted more than $36 million to help people save their homes, cultural, civic and religious institutions.
Tickets for the gala start at $1,000; tables start at $10,000. For more information, contact Jenna Smith at (212) 995-5260 or email at JennaSmith@NYLandmarks.org.
Photo: ROLEX Presents JUMP FOR JOY! A Dance Variety Spectacular - Career Transition For Dancers’ 27th Anniversary Jubilee;
New York, NY. PHOTO CREDIT - Richard Termine © 2012 Richard Termine— at City Center.
PHOTO CREDIT - Richard Termine © 2012 Richard Termine — at City Center.
Photo: ROLEX Presents JUMP FOR JOY! A Dance Variety Spectacular - Career Transition For Dancers’ 27th Anniversary Jubilee; American Dance Machine...
Arthur Murray Dancers
Big Apple Circus
Cirque du Soleil
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Hybrid Movement Company
New York City Ballet
Jason Samuels Smith
Suzanne Farrell Ballet
Tigerpalast Varieté Theater Frankfurt
Amra-Faye Wright; rehearsal & performance photographed: Monday, November 5, 2012; 7:00 PM at City Center; New York, NY. Photograph: © 2012 Richard Termine
PHOTO CREDIT - Richard Termine © 2012 Richard Termine
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Liza Minnelli's concert Saturday at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre has been canceled because of the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the venue announced Friday.
Ms. Minnelli's management issued the following statement on her behalf: "Due to the horrific conditions suffered by so many people in the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, it is with great regret that Liza Minnelli's November 3 concert at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts has been cancelled.
"We hope to announce a future date in Wilkes-Barre when scheduling allows. Until then, refunds are available at point of purchase. Liza's thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy and she is looking forward to being with her fans at a later date."