Responding to a story in the New York Post that new choreography and even new songs were being developed for Liza Minnelli's month-long stint in Victor/Victoria, producer Tony Adams told Playbill On-Line that much of the story was taken out of context.
"It's way too early in the rehearsal process to make those kinds of decisions," Adams said. "Liza had a great number of concert engagements and one-nighters during this period, which we were expecting. Much of that time she was simply learning the dialogue. It's only now that she's begun serious rehearsals, so we're looking at it at a number-by-number basis. She's a major star, and we want the show to fit her as comfortably as possible, while considering the time limitations and the needs of the existing cast."
Asked what the difference would be between a typical understudy going into a role and the Liza situation, Adams said, "Well, we know what makes Liza special. And that can change the tone of the piece if not the essential character. It will certainly be fun to watch."
As for Julie Andrews, Adams said that she's "feeling great and fully recovered, thank God... It's not as if she's working under the strain of fighting a bug." Andrews returned to the show from her recent illness and is scheduled to play the show until Jan. 5, 1997. Minnelli is scheduled to take the role of Victoria Grant Jan. 7 to Feb. 2 only, after which Andrews is scheduled to return and stay with the show through June 1.