Natasha Richardson may be winning acclaim for her Sally Bowles in the current Broadway revival of Cabaret, but for many, the role remains synonymous with Liza Minnelli, whose other Broadway credits include The Rink and Flora The Red Menace.
Her last Broadway assignment was as understudy to Julie Andrews in Victor/Victoria, but for years Minnelli has toured in her own concert show. Now North Carolina theatregoers can see "Liza In Concert," Apr. 26 and 27 only, at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center's Belk space in Charlotte.
Liza in Concert also features male vocalists of the Cortes Alexander Trio (with musical director Bill LaVorgna), and Minnelli's 12-piece band joining the singer on showstoppers from her musicals and films, as well as specialty material.
Minnelli's October 1996 concert at NY's Westbury Music Fair (which featured the same personnel) offered the expected Minnelli hits ("New York, New York," "Cabaret") as well as numbers from her recent album, "Gently" -- subtitled "The Makeout Album." Among the tunes on this Angel Records release are "I Got Lost In His Arms" (from Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun), "Embraceable You," a duet with Johnny Mathis on his "Chances Are," and a Herbie Hancock-arranged "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning."
A 19-year-old Minnelli won the Tony for her first Broadway starring role, in 1965's Flora, The Red Menace, though her most famous role was in Bob Fosse's film version of another Kander & Ebb musical, Cabaret. She also won an Emmy Award for her TV special, "Liza With a Z." She claims to be the only entertainer in history to sell out three full weeks at NY's Carnegie Hall. Minnelli is, of course, the daughter of Judy Garland and film director, Vincente Minnelli.
For tickets ($35-$75) and information on Liza In Concert in Charlotte, NC, call (704) 372-1000.
-- By David Lefkowitz