Liza Minnelli is exploring the idea of a stage show that would draw on the music and careers of her parents, Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli, a spokesman for the singer confirmed April 20.
Columnist Liz Smith had previously suggested that Minnelli on Minnelli would feature music associated with the films of her parents, who had long careers with M-G-M. A spokesman said such a project was in the "talk" stages, with longtime Minnelli collaborator Fred Ebb (The Act, "Liza With a Z") likely to be involved, but stressed there is no timetable or tour schedule.
If such a project were to happen, Minnelli would have a wealth of musical material to draw from: Her mother appeared in musical films with scores by Rodgers and Hart, Harburg and Arlen, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, and director Minnelli-helmed "An American in Paris," "Meet Me in St. Louis" and others.
Minnelli won the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) 1999 Board of Directors Award and performed at the April 5 MAC Awards in New York City. Her Broadway appearances include Flora the Red Menace, The Rink, The Act, Chicago and as a fill-in for Julie Andrews in Victor/Victoria. She won an Academy Award playing Sally Bowles in Bob Fosse's "Cabaret." Other film roles included "Arthur" and "The Sterile Cuckoo."
-- By Kenneth Jones