New Song Going Into Vic/Vic in Time for Liza

News   New Song Going Into Vic/Vic in Time for Liza Liza Minnelli, who launched her career on Broadway with the short-lived musical Flora, the Red Menace, will return Jan. 7 in a much higer profile project: filling in for Julie Andrews, star of Broadway's Victor/Victoria, while Andrews takes a four-week break. Minnelli, who won an Academy Award as Sally Bowles in the 1972 film version of the musical Cabaret, will star as Victoria Grant through Feb. 2.

Not much information has come out about how Minnelli's take on the character will differ from Andrews', but production spokesperson Alice Herrick did tell Playbill On-Line that a new song, "Who Can I Tell" (sung by Victoria) will now close act one, replacing "Crazy World." According to Herrick, this change was going to go in effect anyway, with or without Liza's monthlong stint. In fact, Julie Andrews may pop the song in for a performance or two before going on her vacation.

The rest of the show will stay essentially the same, with a little new choreography for the "Jazz Hot" number.

Minnelli's last Broadway appearance was in 1983's Kander & Ebb musical, The Rink. She also appeared on Broadway in Flora, the Red Menace, Chicago and The Act.

Victor/Victoria won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, while Julie Andrews' portrayal of a gender-bending nightclub singer won Best Actress in A Musical for both the OCC and Drama Desk. Rachel York captured OCC and Drama Desk Awards as Best Featured Actress in a musical.

Andrews was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Actress in a Musical, but famously announced that she was withdrawing her name from consideration because no one else from the show was nominated. Her name appeared on the Tony ballot, but she lost to Donna Murphy of The King and I. Blake Edwards' 1982 film, "Victor/Victoria," starred Andrews, alongside Robert Preston (as Toddy, played by Tony Roberts in the current musical) and James Garner. Henry Mancini (music) and Leslie Bricusse (lyrics) wrote the musical's score, which contains additional material by Frank Wildhorn.

Julie Andrews' first Broadway show was The Boyfriend, followed by My Fair Lady and Camelot. She returned to the stage after a long film-career absence to appear in an Off-Broadway revue of Stephen Sondheim songs, Putting It Together, in 1993.

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