Now that her much-in-the-news New York concerts at the Beacon Theatre are over, Liza Minnelli is focusing on several new projects.
David Gest, Minnelli's new husband-producer, spoke with USA Today and explained that Minnelli will release a live CD in Oct. featuring songs from her recent "Liza's Back!" concerts. The recording will be released on Clive Davis' J Records label with Phil Ramone producing. Gest is also negotiating a Las Vegas stint for the singer, who hasn't appeared at the Nevada hotspot in nearly five years. A holiday concert dubbed "Liza's Christmas Spectacular" is also in the works with stops planned for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Florida and overseas venues.
Gest denied rumors that Minnelli plans to star in Gypsy either on Broadway or on tour and added that although a Minnelli autobiography is not a priority, adopting a child is.
The Oscar-winning star of Cabaret was last on Broadway in a tribute to her late father entitled Minnelli on Minnelli, which she then took on a tour that was cut short due to poor health. Her marriage to producer Gest earlier this year has reinvigorated both the star and her career. 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-actress is also a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress.
—By Andrew Gans