Liza's at the Palace to Be Filmed for Television; DVD Release, Too

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18 Sep 2009

Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli

The Tony-winning Liza's at the Palace — featuring award-winning singing actress Liza Minnelli — will be filmed in the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

American Public Television (APT) will distribute the television special in late November 2009. The performance will be available to public television viewers through the month of December and will then be released to the general public in early 2010 by MPI Home Video.

Minnelli will be joined by her musical director and pianist Billy Stritch as well as her quartet of singer/dancers: Cortes Alexander, Jim Caruso, Johnny Rodgers and Tiger Martina. The show is directed by Ron Lewis; Michael Berkowitz is musical conductor/drummer.

All of the material performed during Minnelli's Tony-winning New York engagement will be included in the broadcast. The program captures many of Minnelli's greatest hits as well as an affectionate tribute to her godmother, the late Kay Thompson.

Eric Luskin, vice president of APT's Premium Service, said in a statement, "This is an exciting project and we are thrilled to bring it to public television audiences. We are very proud to work with a legendary entertainer such as Liza Minnelli, continuing our tradition of distributing top-rated musical productions to public television audiences."

The television event will be directed by Matthew Diamond and executive produced by JoAnn Young, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.