On May 1, star of stage and screen, the legendary Liza Minnelli stopped by a performance of The Bridges of Madison County, the new Broadway musical by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning team Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman, starring five-time Tony Award-nominee Kelli O'Hara, and and 2014 Drama Desk nominee Steven Pasquale
Minnelli posted a backstage photo on her official Facebook page,
featuring stars O'Hara and Pasquale along with the caption, "Last night
I went to see The Bridges of Madison County Musical which was
absolutely terrific. I couldn't wait to go backstage afterwards and tell
the cast how much I loved it."
One of the world's best-loved entertainers, Minnelli won Tony awards
for Flora, the Red Menace in 1965 and The Act in 1978, along with a
third for Best Personal Achievement, resulting from her 1974 engagement
at the Winter Garden Theatre. Nominated for an Academy Award for The
Sterile Cuckoo (1969), she won the best actress prize for her best-known
film, Cabaret (1972), which also won her a Golden Globe Award and a
BAFTA. She won an Emmy for Liza with a 'Z' (1972) and was also the
recipient of a Grammy Legend Award in 1989, making her one of the few
artists who have won entertainment's top six awards.
Film credits include Charlie Bubbles (1968), Tell Me That You Love
Me, Junie Moon (1970), Lucky Lady (1975), A Matter of Time (1976), New
York, New York (1977), Arthur (1981) Stepping Out (1991), and The Oh In
Ohio (2006). Liza recently attracted an entirely new generation of fans
with her acclaimed turn as "Lucille 2" on the Emmy-winning Best Comedy
Arrested Development, and for her appearance on the chart-topping album
The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance.
The Bridges of Madison County has been nominated for two Outer Critic
Circle Awards, nine Drama Desk Awards including Best New Musical, and
four Tony Awards including Best Actress (Kelli O'Hara), Best Original
Score (Jason Robert Brown), Best Orchestrations (Jason Robert Brown), andBest Lighting Design of a Musical (Donald Holder).
The Bridges of Madison County is based on the best selling novel by Robert James Waller.
The design team includes Michael Yeargan (scenic design), Catherine Zuber(costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), and Jon Weston (sound design). Casting was by Telsey + Company, Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA.
Photo credit: Angela LaGreca