Liza Minnelli Stepping Out! 2015

Liza Minnelli Stepping Out! 2015

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

LIZA MINNELLI Happy New Year 2014!

Saturday, December 28, 2013


Friday, December 13, 2013

LIZA MOVIE FLASHBACK ~ 1970 "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon"!

Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970)

GP  -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  11 May 1970 (USA)

Directed by 

Otto Preminger

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)  

Marjorie Kellogg ...(novel)
Marjorie Kellogg ...(screenplay)

Cast (in credits order)  

Liza Minnelli ...
Ken Howard ...
Robert Moore ...
James Coco ...
Kay Thompson ...
Miss Gregory
Fred Williamson ...
Beach Boy
Ben Piazza ...
Emily Yancy ...
Leonard Frey ...
Clarice Taylor ...
James Beard ...
Sidney Wyner

Sunday, December 8, 2013

LIZA MINNELLI I'd Love you to Want Me from THE SINGER LP

Garland, Minnelli and me: Luft on family, fame and performing

Lorna Luft Lorna Luft
At 60, cabaret star Lorna Luft has seen it all. The daughter of Hollywood legend Judy Garland and film producer Sidney Luft, she lost her mother to an accidental overdose, watched her half-sister Liza Minnelli’s rapid rise to stardom and suffered the psychological impact of battling breast cancer. Now in remission, and an ambassador for cancer research, Luft will be performing a selection of seasonal music and “songs my mother taught me” in London next month.
Luft says she was always destined for a career in showbiz. The Hollywood life was the norm for her, having grown up in a home where stellar musicians, dancers and directors would visit regularly to shoot the breeeze with her Episcopalian mother and Jewish father. “To me, they were just people, they were just my mum’s friends. Other people might not think that’s normal, but that’s my normal. There are lots of children who have celebrities as parents but only a few of us have legends as parents. We’re ‘the children of’ and part of an unspoken club.”
In the diverse environment of her childhood home, she “was raised to accept all religions — our house had a church and a synagogue. We respected all religions and learnt to not believe that yours is better than anyone else’s.”
She made her performing debut on her mother’s TV show in 1963, chatting to singer Jack Jones and belting out a rousing version of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. An iconic image from her earlier years shows her being held up to the mic by her smiling mother.
“All those memories are still with me,” she says. “It’s always like that. Some families are a family of lawyers, others are doctors. Mine just happened to be a family in showbusiness. I might have wanted to be a nurse when I was five-years-old but I was always going to go into showbiz.”
No shrinking violet by anyone’s standards, Luft says there is no competitiveness with her equally brash elder sister. In fact, the duo have performed together on a number of occasions and speak at least twice a week.
“I’m so proud of Liza, she’s amazing,” Luft enthuses. “I was so happy with her rise to stardom and to watch her become a force of nature on stage. There’s no rivalry because of the seven-year age gap. When we were children
I was probably a real pain in the ass. I would always follow her around, as a sister does.”
Luft’s own career has incorporated film roles such as Paulette Rebchuck in Grease 2 and she is also an author and Emmy-nominated producer. She honed her cabaret style by performing in New York night clubs. “The clubs gave me the skills to perform today,” she explains. “I just love the intimacy of cabaret. People come to have a good time and not think about their troubles.”
And her musical standards are high. She admits that she is not a “big fan of the copycats. I only listen to the originals. The originals who really started a sound and made a change. I mean, what would Frank Sinatra
She is on top of current trends, admiring Lady Gaga and Madonna and “was a big fan of Amy Winehouse. I loved her whole package. I thought she was the real deal, from her lyrics to music and performance.” Her advice to the aspiring “original” is “to learn to do it all. You’d better learn to be the triple threat — sing, dance and act.” She counts singer Barry Manilow, theatre director Walter Bobbie and concert pianist Michael Feinstein among her “dear friends”.
In February 2012 Luft was diagnosed with breast cancer, recalling the diagnosis as “like being hit in the face by Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. I was terrified, scared, in denial. I literally didn’t know what to do.” After intially postponing treatment, she was pushed to get “educated and was victorious. My doctor told me to put on my paint and go to war. So that’s what I did.”
Her hair has started to grow back and the impact on her performance has been positive. “When I was diagnosed, I asked my doctor: ‘Will it affect my voice’? He said: ‘Yes, from this day on every song will have a new meaning.’ And it really does.”
And although Luft has followed the family showbiz tradition, Vanessa and Jesse, her children from her first marriage to Israeli-born rock musician Jake Hooker, have chosen more mainstream careers. “My kids have no interest in it. My daughter wants to be a chef and my son works in computers.”
“Looking forward” to her London shows, she adds: “I respect the British theatre and culture. All the art forms that are typically British. I know England very well, I used to come back and forth as a child. Plus my husband [Colin Freeman] is British, so we’re going to get a chance to see his family, who live just outside Portsmouth.
“Colin is not Jewish but he’s got every Jewish phrase — Yiddish is so expressive,” she laughs. “Plus, he loves a deli. Trust me.”
Lorna Luft’s Back in Business is at The Crazy Coqs — — Brasserie Zedel, in London’s Piccadilly, from December 3-7 and 10-14
have done without Bing Crosby?”

Friday, November 29, 2013

LIZA MINNELLI "Some Cats Know" SEXY~live performance (1996)

Liza Minnelli: Lady Gaga is a 'true artist'
Liza at Gaga concert,
Liza Minnelli: Lady Gaga is a 'true artist'
Veteran entertainer Liza Minnelli has confessed she is a huge fan of Lady Gaga and has hailed the pop star as a "true artist."
The "Cabaret" star is known for her own eccentric fashion choices, and she is full of admiration of Gaga's ability to constantly change her image.
In a post on her official Facebook page, Minnelli writes, "Whenever I see Lady Gaga in a new outfit I wonder how she finds the time! Her closet must be huge! I've been listening to her new CD and absolutely loving it. She's a true artist and we'll be hearing from her for a long long time."
Gaga did not let the compliment go unnoticed, responding on Twitter: "LIZA MINNELLI loves ARTPOP. My life is finally complete! I thought of you the whole way through SNL Liza i love you!"
Gaga made her hosting debut on "Saturday Night Live" earlier this month, where she stretched her acting muscles and performed tracks from her new album, "ARTPOP."

Friday, November 22, 2013

Liza Minnelli Thrills the Cast of After Midnight with a Backstage Visit

Fantasia Barrino, Liza Minnelli, Everett Bradley & Dule Hill
Talk about a star sighting! The one and only Liza Minnelli headed to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on November 21 for a night of great singing and dancing at After Midnight. As we all know, Liza with a Z knows plenty about selling a song onstage, so the cast of Broadway's jazzy new hit was beyond excited to hear her praise the show. went backstage with Minnelli after the performance for a Hot Shot with Fantasia Barrino, Everett Bradley and Dule Hill, then Liza happily gathered the members of the high-kicking ensemble for another sweet snaphot. Thanks for supporting new musicals, Liza!
antasia Barrino, Liza Minnelli, Everett Bradley & Dule Hill

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LORNA! ~ Lorna Luft (born November 21, 1952)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Liza and Goldie!

Liza Minnelli Bringing Her Legendary Showmanship To Foxwoods
October 31, 2013|By MARYELLEN FILLO,, The Hartford Courant
They do not come any more legendary than Liza Minnelli, and on Nov. 8, the Academy, Tony, Emmy and "Legends" Grammy-award-winning star is coming to Foxwoods Resort Casino's MGM Grand Theater.
Considered one of the entertainment world's consummate performers, the 67-year-old is the superstar daughter of iconic actress and singer Judy Garland and celebrated director Vincente Minnelli. Her career highlights range from being the youngest woman ever to win a leading actress Tony Award for "Flora the Red Menace" to memorable Broadway appearances including "Chicago," to an award-winning movie career as Sally Bowles in "Cabaret." Her television program, "Liza with a Z," produced a Top 20 album and won the Emmy for Outstanding Single Program and the prestigious Peabody Award. Liza was in the midst of rehearsals in New York for her current concert tour and a bit out of breath but laughing when she Spilled the Beans with Java, after excusing herself just once so she could chase after her dog who had unexpectedly bolted through an open door.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Goldie & Liza - All That Jazz

Friday, October 25, 2013

Liza Minnelli - Liza Minnelli Performs At Friends' Baby Shower

Moss Mabry costume sketch for Liza Minnelli in Rent-
Singer Liza Minnelli ignored the pain of a broken wrist and gifted her friends with a live performance at their baby shower on Sunday (20Oct13), according to a U.S. report.
The Cabaret star, who will serve as godmother to the unnamed couple's baby, performed a 30-minute set, complete with a piano player, for the expectant parents and guests at a party in New York City.
A source tells the New York Daily News, "It was such a great New York moment, something you won't forget. Liza practically came out from behind the couch and started putting on her whole show."
Last week (begs14Oct13), Minnelli took to the stage, while still recovering from her wrist injury, to raise funds for research into breast cancer, which her sister Lorna Luft is currently battling.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Liza Minnelli Performs With Sister A Day After Breaking Wrist! Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli perform at Birdland Jazz Club in New York City on Oct. 14, 2013. (credit: Getty Images)
The “Cabaret” star performed with her half-sister, Lorna Luft, for the first time since their duet at the 1993 Tony Awards.
Minnelli returned to the hospital for further treatment immediately after the performance at the jazz club Birdland benefiting the Women’s Health Initiative and the Dr. Philomena McAndrew Fund of Tower Cancer Research Foundation

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Liza & Ann-Margret (VIDEO) Broadway & Beyond Benefit 10-8-13

Liza Presents Rolex Dance Award to Ann-Margret
At the Career Transition for Dancers Gala, held Tuesday, Oct. 8, at New York's City Center, living legend Liza Minnelli presented her friend Ann-Margret with the 2013 Rolex Dance Award, the same award Minnelli was given at last year's event.
Among her remarks, Liza was going to say (according to her publicist Scott Gorenstein), "I may be her biggest fan ... along with 32 million other people. Why? Because of who she is and how she makes us feel. I remember seeing her in a movie with Elvis Presley, and for the first time I was not looking at Elvis the entire time. I was looking at her!"

Photos by Richard Termine 

After being introduced and beginning her tribute to Ann-Margret, a technical miscue occurred and the curtains rose to reveal Ann-Margret before Liza had a chance to properly finish her remarks.

Momentarily taken aback, Liza exclaimed, “Damn! I stayed up all night writing this!” and flashed her speech for all to see. Ann-Margret embraced Liza and said to her, “Can you believe the two of us are still alive?!”

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Liza and Peter wedding!

Liza Minnelli , Judy Garland, Vincente Minnelli and Peter Allen at the weddding, 1967.

BWW Reviews: Liza Minnelli Dazzles at Caesars in Atlantic City

Theadora Van Runkle costume sketch for Liza Minnelli in New York, New York (1977)
Liza is the winner of an Oscar, four Tony Awards, a special "Legends" Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy. She is known nationally and internationally as a brilliant artist and a show-biz superstar.
The theater was at full capacity, yet Liza made her fans feel as though they were an intimate part of her performance. Early in the show, she asked that the house lights be raised so she could see who she was singing to. "She said, I want to see you and I'm really glad you want to see me."
Minnelli opened the show with Teach Me Tonight, a song that set the stage for her versatile performance. With the ability to be alternately energetic, sentimental and dramatic, the evening included beloved pieces like Cabaret and the special duet, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, that she performed with her conductor and famed composer, Billy Stritch. Her musical accompaniment for the evening was perfect; the band that consists of musicians she has worked with for many years.
Liza declared the pleasure of having New York, New York written especially for her. The song began with her illuminated in a single spotlight and she thrilled the audience with her powerful rendition of the song.
As an encore, Liza delivered a special sentiment with the song, I'll Be Seeing You. And, so many people in the audience would delight at seeing Liza again and again. To say that
Liza Minnelli is a legend would be underestimating her effect on the current landscape of music and theater. Ever gracious, she is a gifted performer for the audiences of today and many more in the future.For more information of
Liza Minnelli and her future performances, visit her official web site,

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Liza in color on Ed Sullivan show!

Liza Minnelli In Paris 1969!

Liza on Ed Sullivan

Legendary Liza Minnelli ready to give fans what they want at Caesars Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:19 pm
Liza Minnelli likes to give her devoted fans what they want, so she’s sure to include their most requested numbers –– “New York, New York,” “Liza With a Z” and “Maybe This Time” — when she hits the stage this weekend in Atlantic City.Otherwise, the Tony-, Oscar-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning singer/actress knows she’ll hear from them.“People are wonderful — they tell you what they think, I love that,” says Minnelli, who performs 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Caesars Atlantic City. “I’ve always had wonderful audiences (in Atlantic City). A lot of people come back again and again, and that’s thrilling. I just like the whole atmosphere. It’s easy, but it’s sophisticated.”
Along with her most-requested tunes, Minnelli is sure to bring out show-stopping numbers such as the title track from “Cabaret,” “But The World Goes ‘Round” from “New York, New York” and a standard such as “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.”
Minnelli also is offering more intimate moments: “I Must Have that Man” from her 2010 album “Confessions” (Decca U.S.) and “What Makes a Man” by one of her favorite songwriters, Charles Aznavour.
However, Minnelli isn’t planning to perform a new song associated with the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” which is set in 1920s Atlantic City. Minnelli, along with Elvis Costello and Patti Smith, are among the artists featured on “Boardwalk Empire, Vol. 2” (ABKCO Records), a collection of standards from the era.
Minnelli takes on the bluesy number “You’ve Got To See Mama Ev’ry Night (Or You Can’t See Mama At All),” but hasn’t yet arranged it for the stage.
“I had a great old time. I tried to do it a little like Sophie Tucker because that’s the era,” she says.
Minnelli similarly had a blast reprising her small-screen role as Lucille Austero — aka Lucille 2 — in the recently released fourth season of “Arrested Development” on Netflix.
“The show is so smart,” Minnelli says. “She’s a wonderful character, and I love doing comedy.”
Even when Minnelli is performing in concert, the four-time Tony winner takes a character-driven approach to her work.
“For me, (each performance) has to be in character, and it has to be absolutely real,” Minnelli explains. “It’s an acting piece — each song is like a little movie.”
Despite having created the character of Sally Bowles for the 1972 big-screen version of “Cabaret,” Minnelli has no problem with others taking on the role. Michelle Williams will be the latest Sally in the upcoming Broadway revival. Minnelli won a Best Actress Academy Award for her work in the film.
“I’m thrilled — I love Michelle,” Minnelli says. “But the play is so different from the movie that you really can’t compare them.”
Soon after taking the stage in A.C., Minnelli will reunite with her half-sister Lorna Luft for two benefit shows in October at Birdland in New York for The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative of The Actors Fund and Tower Cancer Research Foundation.
The Lorna’s Pink Party dates will mark Minnelli’s first stage appearance in 20 years with her half-sister, who is also a stage actress and nightclub performer.
The two, whose mother is the legendary Judy Garland, last performed together at the 1993 Tony Awards ceremony, but they got their start at a much earlier age.
“When we were little, we (performed) all the time in the nursery,” Minnelli recalls. “Because I’m seven years older, I was so bossy with her. We both grew up around music — it just felt so good.”
Is Minnelli still the bossy older sister?
“No, she bosses me around now,” Minnelli says jokingly.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Liza Together with Lorna – first time in 20 years!Lorna’s Pink Party Lorna’s Pink Party

Lorna’s Pink Party A benefit for The Actors Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s Dr. Philomena McAndrew Fund
With appearances by: Nick Adams, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Jim Caruso, Kelly King, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Phyllis Newman, & Marcia Strassman
Monday, October 14th and 21st.
315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036 Tickets for LORNA’S PINK PARTY start at $250 and include drinks and dinner, with a very limited number of $75 standing room and $100 bar seating tickets. An exclusive post-show VIP photo opportunity with the stars is included with purchase of a $1,000 ticket. Special sponsorship packages are also available. Tickets can be purchased at or by phone at 212.221.7300 ext. 133 or email:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Liza Flashback ~ Summer Stock 1966, Pajama Game...

Summer Stock 1966, Pajama GameLiza Minelli, Stanley Grover & Sid Raymond

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Liza sings My Funny Valentine to Marvin Hamlisch

Liza Minnelli praises Michelle Williams's casting in 'Cabaret'

Liza Minnelli has praised the casting of Michelle Williams in Broadway's revival of Cabaret.

Williams will make her Broadway debut in Cabaret as Sally Bowles, opposite Alan Cumming as the Master of Ceremonies.

Minnelli - who won an Oscar for playing Sally Bowles in the 1972 film adaptation - shared with E! News that she is excited to see the new production.

"Michelle is a wonderful actress and I love Alan Cumming," she declared.

The star continued: "I'm excited to see what they will do with the show and am sure it will be great!"

Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall will be directing the Cabaret revival for the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Previews of Cabaret begin in March 2014.

Liza with Adam Ant...

Truth and Liza, 1990: I became quite good friends with Liza Minnelli when we were both touring Australia in 1981. She was fabulous and gave me a few tips on stagecraft. This was at the 1990 Brit Awards. I remember giving an award to Neneh Cherry that night – but, other than that, it’s a blur!