BWW Reviews: Liza Minnelli Dazzles at Caesars in Atlantic City
When Liza Minnelli first appeared onstage Saturday night at the Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars, Atlantic City, members of the audience enthusiastically rose to their feet. The reason why is clear. As an iconic songstress, Liza's abundant talent shines bright to excite and enchant her public.
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.
Photo Credit: Ruven Afandor