Minnelli Plays Final Performance at the Palace Jan. 4

News   Minnelli Plays Final Performance at the Palace Jan. 4
 
The limited engagement of the critically acclaimed Liza's at the Palace . . .!, which was extended twice, ends its run at Broadway's Palace Theatre Jan. 4 at 3 PM.

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 was extended for a second time through Jan. 4.

Liza's at the Palace . . .! began previews and opened at the Palace on the same day, 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, features "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 also pays "an affectionate salute to her godmother, the late Kay Thompson," who coached Minnelli's late mother, the legendary Judy Garland. The Thompson tribute includes 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 on the Hybrid Recordings label. Helmed by producer Phil Ramone, the recording is also on sale during Minnelli's Broadway engagement. The first CD (Act I) features Minnelli's signature hits, while the second disc (Act II) features the tribute to Minnelli's godmother, Kay Thompson.

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

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