Photo Coverage: Liza Minnelli Returns to the Concert Stage!
Liza Minnelli performed in concert for one night only on November 20, at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island. Minnelli, who had been sidelined with bronchial pneumonia, has made a compete recovery and was in great form according to those in attendance.
'Liza Minnelli In Concert' features American standards with accompaniment by Minnelli's quartet.
The daughter of actress/singer Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli, Liza 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."
Additional appearances include:
November 22 - Dominican Republic- Santo Domingo National Theater
December 3 - Tucson, AZ - CentenniAl Hall
December 5 - San Francisco, CA - Davies Symphony Hall
January 12 - Indianapolis, IN - Hilbert Circle Theatre