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Liza's At The Palace...! extends its run by two weeks
Liza Minnelli's new cabaret show on Broadway, Liza's At The Palace...!, has extended its run by two weeks.
The show, which begins performances on 3 Dec 2008 at the Palace Theatre, will now play through to 28 Dec 2008. The show's limited engagement was originally scheduled to end on 14 Dec 2008.
Produced by John Scher/Metropolitan Talent Presents & Jubilee Time Productions and directed and choreographed by Ron Lewis, the evening will feature a Minnelli songfest including many of her personal favorites and signature hits, followed by a dance-filled tribute to the groundbreaking late-1940s nightclub act of Minnelli's godmother, Kay Thompson.
Along with a twelve-man orchestra led by conductor/drummer Michael Berkowitz and pianist/musical supervisor Billy Stritch, Liza's At The Palace...! will be highlighted with many of Minnelliï¿½s showstoppers such as ï¿½Cabaret,ï¿½ ï¿½Maybe This Time,ï¿½ and ï¿½New York New Yorkï¿½ ï¿½ all written especially for her by the Broadway song writing partnership of John Kander and Fred Ebb.
For the first time onstage, Minnelli will pay an affectionate salute to her godmother, the late Kay Thompson who was a legendary performer (ï¿½Think Pink!ï¿½ from ï¿½Funny Faceï¿½), author (ï¿½Eloise at the Plazaï¿½) as well a gifted vocal arranger and Music Director/vocal coach at MGM Studios who worked with stars such as Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Lena Horne.
Supported by a quartet of singer/dancers, Minnelli will perform musical hits (with the original vocal arrangements) from Thompson's act including such numbers as ï¿½I Love a Violin,ï¿½ ï¿½Clap Yo' Hands,ï¿½ ï¿½Jubilee Timeï¿½ and ï¿½Hello Helloï¿½---set to brand-new staging and choreography by Mr. Lewis. Accompanying her onstage will be Cortï¿½s Alexander, Jim Caruso, Tiger Martina and Johnny Rodgers.
The concert performance will be scripted by Minnelli and Tony Award-winner David Zippel (City of Angels), and will be full of personal stories, anecdotes and reminiscences embraced in a theatrical setting featuring scenery by Ray Klausen, costumes by Halston, lighting by Matthew Berman and sound by Matt Krauss.
Minnelli was born in Los Angeles and made her screen debut as a toddler in the musical 'In the Good Old Summertime' in 1949. She won Tony awards for 'Flora, the Red Menace' in 1965 and 'The Act' in 1978, along with a third for Best Personal Achievement, resulting from her 1974 engagement at the Winter Garden Theatre. Nominated for an Academy Award for 'The Sterile Cuckoo' (1969), she won the best actress prize for her best-known film, 'Cabaret' (1972), which also won her a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA. She won an Emmy for 'Liza with a 'Z'' (1972) and was also the recipient of a Grammy Legend Award in 1989, making her one of the few artists who have won entertainment's top six awards.