Bonsoir Liliane!, Directed by Tommy Tune and Starring Liliane Montevecchi, Begins in Seattle Sept. 1

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Tony Award-winning director-choreographer Tommy Tune reunites with original Tony-winning Nine and Grand Hotel cast member Liliane Montevecchi for Bonsoir Liliane!, beginning Sept. 1 in Seattle, WA.

Liliane Montevecchi
Liliane Montevecchi Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Performed at Teatro ZinZanni’s speigltent, the evening comes to life as the acclaimed octogenarian recalls her career on stage and screen. Bonsoir Liliane! incorporates various performers from Teatro ZinZanni's line-up, who will conjure Montevecchi's story before their eyes.

Bonsoir Liliane! will run through Jan. 29, 2012. The evening promises "a journey where your fondest memories never die and your greatest wishes always come true."

"My concept is to work with the elements of ZinZanni and put them together in a different way; hopefully in a unique way. Because this show is an homage to Liliane, who has starred in many shows at ZinZanni, and this is her 80th year, we created a show that keyed off of her essence. She has accumulated a lot of souvenirs of the mind in these 80 years, so she will recall some real and some fantasized," Tune said in a statement.

Among the acts who will bring these memories to life are former Pacific Northwest principal ballerina Ariana Lallone, Tobias Larsson, acrobats Les Petits Freres, contortionist Vita Radionova and Diva and the Dixies.

Kevin Kent, of Red Swan Express, will lead audiences through the musical journey that will include the songs of Kurt Weill and various standards. Montevecchi earned a 1982 Tony Award for playing Liliane La Fleur in Tune's staging of the Maury Yeston-Arthur Kopit musical Nine. She reunited with Tune for Yeston's take on Grand Hotel in 1990, earning her second Tony Award nomination. She also appeared on Broadway in Folies Bergere and La Plume de Ma Tante. She began her career as a principal ballerina and appeared in such films as "Daddy Long Legs," "King Creole," as well as "Wall Street" and "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days."

A nine-time Tony Award winner, director-choreographer-actor Tune has helped create such Broadway shows as Nine, My One & Only, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, The Will Rogers Follies and Grand Hotel. He helmed Off-Broadway's The Club and Cloud Nine, and he spent two years starring in the Las Vegas production of the spectacular EFX at the MGM Grand Hotel. Tune was seen in the 2006 national tour of Dr. Dolittle, and helmed the new Broadway-aimed musical The Turn of the Century at the Goodman Theatre in fall 2008.

Teatro ZinZanni performs in its own spiegeltent located at 222 Mercer Street in Seattle. For tickets, visit ZinZanni.

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