Tony Roberts returned to the production of Victor/Victoria Jan. 28, ending an alleged week-long feud with co-star Liza Minnelli by hugging and kissing her at the final curtain, and telling a reporter she is "one of the greatest talents show business has ever known."
Roberts had been out of the show -- reportedly sick with flu -- since Jan. 22 in what was reported by the New York Post Jan. 26 to be a protest over the fact that Minnelli kept muffing her lines. The show's producers and spokespersons insisted as late as Jan. 27 that Roberts still had the flu, but he appeared to have recovered for his return to the show Jan. 28.
According to Playbill On-Line members in the audience Feb. 28, a full house greeted Roberts with prolonged applause upon his entrance, and a standing ovation at the final curtain. The PBOL members report that both actors spoke to the audience, acknowledging the many youngsters in the audience attending as part of "Kids Night on Broadway." Minnelli recalled seeing Ethel Merman come down the aisle at the original Gypsy and Roberts waxed poetic about the "magic of Broadway."
The Post quoted Roberts at the stage door of the Marquis Theatre saying "Liza Minnelli is one of the greatest entertainers show business has ever known, and when she says she and I have had great moments on stage for the last 18 performances -- and some of the greatest moments I've ever known in the musical theatre -- I agree with her."
Thought the Post also quoted an unnamed cast member commenting, "That's one of the greatest performances he's ever given in his life." Minnelli is subbing for vacationing star Julie Andrews, who is slated to return to Victor/Victoria Feb. 4. Minnelli's final performance in the role will be Feb. 2.