Liza Minnelli will be recording her show at 8 PM this evening at the Palace Theatre. Production sources have told Playbill On-Line that Angel Records will be releasing the resulting album, which is being produced in anticipation of a Minnelli tour.
Details were still sketchy, and Angel Records did not return a call by press time.
Tonight's performance at the Palace is one of two shows (Dec. 27 and Jan. 2) that were added to the original Minnelli on Minnelli run. "There are tickets available for this evening's performance, " a production source told Playbill On-Line.
As reported last week, this evening's recording is one of the first steps in the plan to take Minnelli on Minnelli on tour in 2000. On Dec. 14, Minnelli on Minnelli co-producer Stewart F. Lane told Playbill On Line that Minnelli could go on tour as early as March. Her limited engagement at the Palace closes Jan. 2.
"Our best reviews came from out of town," Lane told Playbill On-Line. "I think it's going to be a big tour." Excellent New York City reviews of Minnelli on Minnelli were considered essential to any extension of Minnelli's Broadway run in New York, but with the best reviews coming from outside the city, Lane and co producer Radio City Entertainment are focusing on a tour. Producer Lane said that after the CD recording, Minnelli would "go back to rehearsals in February and re-tool before re-opening in March."
Lane said he was not sure where the 15 city tour would actually begin, but that it might such key cities as Chicago, San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, Miami and Detroit, Lane told Playbill On-Line.
New York Post columnist Liz Smith reported on Dec. 23 that Minnelli already has bookings in San Francisco and the Kennedy Center.