Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming Join Forces in Town Hall Birthday Concert Tonight
Nightlife impresario Daniel Nardicio brings Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming to the Manhattan stage for the first time when the two perform live at Town Hall tonight, March 13, and tomorrow, March 14. This is a transfer of their two sold-out shows in Fire Island. The concert takes place a day after Minnelli's 67th birthday.
Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming are two theatrical powerhouses who act, sing and both happen to be closely identified with the landmark musical "Cabaret." Liza famously won an Academy-Award for the movie version and Alan won a Tony-Award for the acclaimed Broadway revival.
At Town Hall these incomparable stars will duet on familiar songs from "Cabaret" and Liza will dip into her repertoire of signature songs known the world over. Alan will perform his renditions of songs - from Annie Lennox to his own original compositions. These two old friends will also interact on stage together-sharing stories, songs, and banter of their adventures in life and show-business.
Nardicio says: "It had always surprised me that no producer had thought to put these two long time friends on stage together- considering their consummate performing skills, their history with "Cabaret" and their friendship. It's a no-brainer. That's what people saw on the stage on Fire Island- two good friends having fun. I dare say that this show is a celebration of friendship in general."
About Liza Minnelli: The winner of four Tony Awards, an Oscar, a special "Legends" Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy is one of the entertainment world's consummate performers. In film, on stage and in television, Liza Minnelli has won critical acclaim, a multitude of fans and recognition from her peers in show business. She has given a new dimension and credibility to the word "superstar." Her engagement at Town Hall is a rare opportunity to see one of the stage's great legends perform live in an intimate, historical venue.
About Alan Cumming: Sure, you can catch Alan Cumming every week on CBS's hit drama The Good Wife where he plays legal operative Eli Gold, for which he has been nominated for two Emmys, but you probably know him from his long list of film successes. He's appeared in a James Bond Film and part of the X-Men franchise, not to mention Burlesque, Eyes Wide Shut, and even Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion. He got his start in the theater, performing in Cabaret, Threepenny Opera, and The Seagull. In 2009 he released his first solo album I Bought a Blue Car Today. Alan is not content to just perform. He has a best-selling fragrance called Cumming that launched in 2005 and another scent, Second Cumming, that arrived in 2011. He penned the novel Tommy's Tale in 2002. Cumming most recently had an exhibition of his photos entitled "Alan Cumming Snaps!". He lives in NYC with his husband Grant and his dogs Honey and Leon.
About Lance Horne: Composer-Lyricist-Musical Director Lance Horne has performed alongside, composed, and/or provided arrangements for Alan, Liza, Kristin Chenoweth, Ricki Lake, Cheyenne Jackson, Kelli O'Hara, Jake Shears, Meow Meow, Justin Bond, Sandra Bernhard, Amanda Palmer/Dresden Dolls, Boston Pops, Seoul Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, London Gay Men's Chorus, Sydney Dance Company, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parades; WestEnd appearances at the Vaudeville, Hippodrome, Garrick, Apollo,& Queen Elizabeth Hall. Festivals: Pina Bausch's Tanzfestival, Baryshnikov's Ringling, David Bowie's Highline,Toronto's Luminato, two seasons at the Geffen, three at Lincoln Center's American Songbook, five at Sydney Opera House & Carnegie Hall, opened for Death Cab, Michael Feinstein, & Dwight Yoakam. Command performance for President Obama, the First Lady, and Queen Elizabeth. MD: Prometheus Bound (Sater & Tankian/System of a Down, ART), Cabaret (starring Amanda Palmer, ART), Alice By Heart (National Theatre, London), international tours of Jekyll & Hyde, Handel's Messiah Rocks. Original material & arrangements: Vegas! The Show currently at Planet Hollywood Casino on the strip, & provided vocal arrangements for the Broadway production of Little Women, theme for Ricki Lake Show. His debut album First Things Last released on Yellow Sound Label (ADA/Warner) with concurrent concerts at Lincoln Center and on the West End. His musical Amandine opens at the Cherry Lane off-Broadway in January starring Gideon Glick & Tonya Pinkins.
About Daniel Nardicio: His parties in the East Village gay scene of the '90s are what brought him initially to the public's attention, but its with his large-scale nightlife events that have really brought him notoriety. Last Summer he launched his annual Icon Series, which brought acts like Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming, Sandra Bernhard, Margaret Cho, Peaches,and Meow Meow to Fire Island for the first time. He also held a weekly series at cabaret landmark Feinstein's where he brought the downtown world of avant-garde cabaret to a whole new crowd uptown.