Liza's at the Palace . . .! Extends Through the New Year

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The limited engagement of the critically acclaimed Liza's at the Palace . . .! has been extended for a second time.
Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli Photo by Rick Day

Produced by John Scher/Metropolitan Talent Presents & Jubilee Time Productions, the production was originally scheduled to run to Dec. 14 but was originally extended through Dec. 28. Due to ticket demand, the show will now play through Jan. 4, 2009.

New show dates are Dec. 30, 2008; Jan. 2, 2009; and Jan. 3, 2009 at 8 PM and Jan. 4, 2009 at 3 PM.

As previously reported, the Dec. 10 performance of Liza's at the Palace . . .! was canceled "due to health reasons and doctor's orders." In a statement Liza's at the Palace producer John Scher said, "This past opening week has been a marathon run for Liza—which unfortunately has led her to dehydration and her doctor has insisted she get some extra rest. Liza will return for the show's next scheduled performance on Friday, Dec 12th (8PM)." Ticket holders can exchange Dec. 10 tickets for any future scheduled performance.

Liza's at the Palace . . .! opened at Broadway's Palace Theatre Dec. 3.

Minnelli is joined onstage by Cortés Alexander, Jim Caruso, Tiger Martina and Johnny Rodgers. Conductor/drummer Michael Berkowitz and pianist/musical supervisor Billy Stritch lead a 12-person orchestra. Ron Lewis directs and choreographs Liza's at the Palace . . .!, which was scripted by Minnelli and Tony winner David Zippel. Gary Labriola is executive producer.

The production also features scenery by Ray Klausen, costumes by Halston, lighting by Matthew Berman and sound by Matt Kraus.

The evening, according to press notes, "will feature an incomparable Minnelli songfest including many of her personal favorites and signature hits, followed by a dance-filled tribute to the groundbreaking late-1940s nightclub act of Minnelli's godmother, Kay Thompson."

Liza Minnelli with (clockwise from left) Jim Caruso, Johnny Rodgers, Tiger Martina and Cortes Alexander
photo by Bill Westmoreland

Concertgoers can expect to hear Minnelli's renditions of "Cabaret," "Maybe This Time" and "New York, New York." Minnelli will also "pay an affectionate salute to her godmother, the late Kay Thompson," who coached Minnelli's late mother, the legendary Judy Garland. The Thompson tribute will include musical hits (with the original vocal arrangements) from Thompson's act, including "I Love a Violin," "Clap Yo' Hands," "Jubilee Time" and "Hello Hello." Liza Minnelli, an Oscar winner for her performance in Cabaret, was last on Broadway in a tribute to her late father entitled Minnelli on Minnelli; she also returned to New York City's Beacon Theatre with her acclaimed concert Liza's Back! In addition to her Tonys for Flora, the Red Menace and The Act, Minnelli was awarded 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." The singer is also a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress. Her album "Liza's Back!" is available on the J Records label, and "The Best of Liza Minnelli" was released on the Columbia/Legacy label. Showtime aired "Liza with a 'Z'," and Minnelli also received the Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 10th Annual Tony Awards Bash in Los Angeles.

"Liza's at The Palace," a new two-CD set celebrating Minnelli's return to Broadway's Palace Theatre, will arrive in stores Feb. 3, 2009, on the Hybrid Recordings label. Helmed by producer Phil Ramone, the recording will also be on sale during Minnelli's Broadway engagement. The first CD (Act I) features Minnelli's signature hits, while the second disc (Act II) features a tribute to Minnelli's godmother, Kay Thompson.

Show times are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 PM with matinees on Sundays at 3 PM.

The Palace Theatre is located at Broadway and 47th Street. Tickets, priced $25-$125, will be available by calling (212) 307-4100 or (800) 755-4000. For more information visit www.lizasatthepalace.com.

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