Liza Penning Screenplay About Life in a Cabaret, and Has CD, Acting and Concert Plans

News   Liza Penning Screenplay About Life in a Cabaret, and Has CD, Acting and Concert Plans Life will be a cabaret once more for Liza Minnelli, who said she is writing a screenplay for an original movie about a small cabaret in New York City.

During an appearance on NBC's "Today" Feb. 8, the star of "Cabaret" said that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Hollywood's "Chicago," TV's "Annie," "Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows") are attached to the project as producers. She would play the owner of the nightspot. It's not clear if the picture is intended for TV or feature film release.

The project is still in the very early stages. She's still writing it, she said, adding that she is now a member of the Writers Guild of America.

Minnelli said she is also working on a new album of songs by the famed actress, writer, singer and vocal coach-arranger Kay Thompson, who was Minnelli's godmother and Judy Garland's vocal guru. Thompson's vocal style was preserved in the Fred Astaire picture "Funny Face."

In addition to vocal performance bookings (including Westbury Music Fair Feb. 18-20, with Billy Stritch) and her recurring character in TV's "Arrested Development," Minnelli is also in the cast of the upcoming film, "The OH in Ohio," directed by Billy Kent. In it, she plays a sex therapist, she told Matt Lauer on "Today."

"The OH in Ohio" cast also includes Parker Posey, Paul Rudd, Danny DeVito, Keith David and Mischa Barton. According to Internet Movie Database, the picture is about "a woman with a seemingly idyllic life" who has achieved an orgasm. "Leaving her husband, she finds her G-spot with a very unlikely companion," IMDB reports.