Start spreadin' the news. Liza Minnelli is heading back to New York for a series of concerts this summer.
The 56-year-old Minnelli, Variety reports, will perform in concert in The Big Apple beginning June 1. Rumor has it that Minnelli will perform 14 shows at the famed Beacon Theatre at Broadway and 74th Street. There has been no official announcement.
Minnelli, who has been plagued by various health problems over the years, is currently singing her heart out on the stage of London's Royal Albert Hall. The London concerts mark a comeback of sorts for the daughter of Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli. Her stage appearances in recent years have been few, due, apparently, to declining health.
Her fourth marriage to producer David Gest seems to have changed all that. The duo, who were married in lavish style last month in New York, have spoken of Gest's remarkable impact on Minnelli's life, both professionally and personally. Once overweight, she has trimmed down. Her Gest-driven London concerts have been greeted with rave reviews, and audiences have treated the star to several standing ovations per show. The new act, appropriately titled Liza's Back!, features a slew of her signature tunes including "New York, New York," "Cabaret," "Losing My Mind" and "And the World Goes 'Round." Admittedly, Minnelli does lip-synch a handful of the songs, although the majority are performed live, including an a capella version of "I'll Be Seeing You" dedicated to the late Queen Mother.
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. Minnelli earned Tonys for her work in Flora, the Red Menace and The Act as well as 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." Minnelli is also a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress. —By Andrew Gans