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Photo Coverage: Liza with a 'Z' Screening at the Ziegfeld Theatre

March 14
10:41 AM 2006
Prior to its highly anticipated re-airing on Showtime, the Ziegfeld Theatre (141 W. 54th St.) hosted a screening of "Liza with a 'Z'" to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on March 13th. Minnelli herself--celebrating her 60th birthday--appeared at the screening, which drew stars such as Tony Danza, Michael Cerveris, Parker Posey and Alan Cumming. After the screening, MAC Viva Glam presented a check for $25,000 to BC/EFA.

Showtime will air the star's Emmy Award-winning concert on April 1st.  Fully restored and digitally remastered, the 1972 concert will feature Minnelli (Tony Award-winner for Flora, The Red Menace and The Act, Oscar-winner for Cabaret) performing trademark numbers such as "Ring Them Bells," the title song and several songs from Cabaret as well as standards like "Bye, Bye Blackbird," "Mammy," and "Son of a Preacher Man." "Liza with a 'Z'" netted Emmy Awards for Minnelli (for Best Performance), Bob Fosse (Best Direction and Best Choreography), John Kander and Fred Ebb (Best Music, Lyrics and Special Material) and Outstanding Single Program--Variety and Popular Music. "Liza with a 'Z'" has not been seen on TV since a re-airing in September of 1973; the concert premiered on September 10th, 1972. Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (the Chicago film, TV musicals of "Annie," "The Music Man"), as well as Minnelli herself, are responsible for the Showtime deal.

For more information on Minnelli, visit www.limelightonliza.com.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.

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