Producer Stewart F. Lane is negotiating with Liza Minnelli's camp for a month-long show at the Palace this December. Nothing has been signed as yet, Lane told Playbill On-Line, but there could be some word late next week.
Minnelli's comeback show would be a symbolic and dramatic turning point in the singer's career, in part because of the poignant connection with her mother, the legendary Judy Garland. Garland staged her own famous comeback at the Palace in 1967, just a few years before she was found dead of a drug overdose at her home in London.
"Yes, we're in negotiation for a possible show," Lane told Playbill On-Line. "We're keeping our options open, and nothing definite has been signed." While any producer would be cautious during negotiations for a show of this importance, Lane clearly felt the historic implications of the run were not to be taken lightly.
"Judy Garland played a landmark performance of her career at the Palace in 1967. At the close of the millennium, to have her daughter -- who has been fighting the same problems -- return triumphantly at the same hall is certainly symbolic."
The show could feature Ms. Minnelli signing songs from movie musicals that were helmed by her father, director Vincente Minnelli. Press reports on the show indicate that the singer might perform songs from "An American in Paris," "Gigi," "Meet Me in St. Louis," and "The Band Wagon." Lane said that while Marvin Hamlisch was being considered for the role of musical director, he was not locked in yet.
-- By Murdoch McBride