Start spreadin' the news. Liza Minnelli is heading back to New York for a series of concerts this summer.
The 56-year-old Minnelli spoke with the New York Post about her upcoming engagement at the famed Beacon Theatre at Broadway and 74th Streets. Minnelli will perform ten nights — with top seats selling for $250 — beginning May 31. Minnelli's agent was unable to confirm the booking at press time.
Minnelli, who has been plagued by various health problems over the years, recently sang her heart out on the stage of London's Royal Albert Hall. The London concerts marked a comeback of sorts for the daughter of Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli. Her stage appearances in recent years have been few, due, apparently, to declining health.
Her fourth marriage to producer David Gest seems to have changed all that. The duo, who were married in lavish style last month in New York, have spoken of Gest's remarkable impact on Minnelli's life, both professionally and personally. Her London concerts were greeted with rave reviews, and audiences treated the star to several standing ovations per show. Her new act, appropriately titled Liza's Back!, featured a slew of signature tunes, including "New York, New York," "Cabaret," "Losing My Mind" and "And the World Goes 'Round." Admittedly, Minnelli lip-synched a handful of the songs, although the majority were performed live, including an a capella version of "I'll Be Seeing You" dedicated to the late Queen Mother.
The Oscar-winning star of Cabaret was last on Broadway in a tribute to her late father entitled Minnelli on Minnelli, which she then took on a tour that was cut short due to poor health. Minnelli earned Tonys for her work in Flora, the Red Menace and The Act as well as a special Tony in 1974 for "adding lustre to the Broadway season." Her film credits include "The Sterile Cuckoo," "Arthur," "New York, New York" and "Stepping Out." Minnelli is also a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress. —By Andrew Gans