PHOTO CALL: Liza Minnelli and Sam Harris Join Forces at Birdland

News   PHOTO CALL: Liza Minnelli and Sam Harris Join Forces at Birdland
 
Liza Minnelli and Sam Harris teamed up for two concerts at the famed jazz club Birdland in Manhattan Nov. 20-21.

Part of the Broadway at Birdland series, the concerts were titled Schmoolie & Minnooli.

Billy Stritch was the musical director.

Here is a special peek at the debut performance:

Prior to Liza's at the Palace. . ., 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. Minnelli just released her latest solo recording, "Confessions."

Sam Harris shot to fame on the TV series "Star Search." In addition to his roles in The Producers and The Life (Tony nomination), Harris' other theatrical credits include the Broadway revival of Grease!, the L.A. productions of Hair and Pippin and the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The singer with the multi-octave range has also released several solo recordings including "Different Stages," "Standard Time" and "The Best of Christmas — Sam Harris Live!"

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