LIBERACE & LIZA: A TRIBUTE Returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko
Hailed as a "lovingly tongue-in-cheek homage" (San Francisco Chronicle), Feinstein's at the Nikko is thrilled to welcome the return of Liberace & Liza: A Tribute-starring David Saffert and Jillian Snow Harris as the two legendary performers-on Wednesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m. Delighting in the costumes, music, and glamour of show business's wildest entertainers, guests will be smiling and clapping along to hits such as "Boogie Woogie," "Chopsticks," "Cabaret," and "New York, New York." Under the musical direction of Bo Ayars, who toured with "Lee" for 13 years as his arranger and music director, Liberace & Liza: A Tribute is a blinged-out and exhilarating night of musical and comical fireworks. Tickets for Liberace & Liza: A Tribute range in price from $30-$60 and are available now by calling 866-663-1063 or visiting www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com.
DAVID SAFFERT, like Liberace, is a classically trained pianist from Wisconsin. He has been seen on stage in sketch comedy, improv, solo piano concerts, and in his very own music & comedy variety shows. David has worked as a pianist (sans sequins) with organizations including the Guthrie Theater (MN), Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Opera, Oregon Symphony, and the Interlochen Arts Camp. Some of David's favorite Liberace tribute highlights have been at Feinstein's at the Nikko (CA), Tony Starlight's Showroom (OR), Portland talk show Late Night Action w/ Alex Falcone, OPB's Think Out Loud, and on All Classical Portland radio's live broadcasts of Thursday's @ 3. He appeared as the featured guest on two Under the Vegas Sun television episodes which were filmed at the Liberace Mansion in Las Vegas.
JILLIAN SNOW HARRIS is a singer and actor who graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She has worked predominately in comedy, gracing the stages of Gotham Comedy Club, the Laugh Factory, and Comix NYC as a Liza Minnelli impersonator. After seeing her perform, Michael Musto of theVillage Voice said, "This could open up Minnelli to a whole new audience!" Jillian temporarily hung up the Liza wig when she was offered the part of Janis Joplin in the Off-Broadway production of "27 Heaven." Soon after, her love for portraying those whom she idolized became a fruitful and fulfilling venture. Eventually, Jillian fled New York so she could get some sleep and found exile in Portland, Oregon. She was recently featured in the U.S. premiers of Liza, Liza, Liza and Liberace & Liza Christmas! A Tribute, and is currently a featured guest at Tony Starlight's Showroom portraying not only Liza, but also Bernadette Peters, Eartha Kitt, and Judy Garland.
Bo Ayars served for 13 years as Music Director for Liberace, contributing his conducting and arranging talents to Lee's worldwide live performances, TV specials, and recordings. At various times, Bo has been Music Director, Conductor, Arranger, Pianist, and Music Producer for several super-stars, including Liberace, Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Rachel Welch, and Jim Nabors. He's conducted three editions of the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall and was Music Director for several national tours with the Walt Disney company.
Located within Hotel Nikko (222 Mason Street, San Francisco), Feinstein's at the Nikko presents a wide range of entertainers from stage and screen all within an intimate 140-seat cabaret setting. Past performers include Tony Danza, Lea Salonga, Megan Hilty, Minnie Driver, Jeff Goldblum, Billy Porter, Betty Buckley, Caissie Levy, Darren Criss, Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt, Jim Brickman, Kathleen Turner, Linda Eder, Cheyenne Jackson, Rita Moreno, Tommy Tune...and Michael Feinstein himself!
There is a $20 food and beverage minimum per person inside the showroom which guests can use towards cocktails as well as a variety of small plates crafted exclusively for Feinstein's at the Nikko, through Restaurant Anzu. Cheese and dessert platters will also be available in the showroom.
For additional information on Feinstein's at the Nikko, visit: www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com.
Photo Credit: Mike Marchlewski