The fabulous Liza Minnelli, an icon of stage and screen, queen of cabaret and winner of virtually every major award including an Oscar, four Tonys, two Golden Globes, a Grammy and an Emmy, makes her triumphant return to the Bowl stage after last year's opening gala, her sold-out Broadway show and a whirlwind European tour, Friday and Saturday, August 28 and 29, at 8:30 p.m. Hollywood Bowl audiences are in for an evening of pure entertainment as this unstoppable force commands the stage with irrepressible musical style, showbiz star power and stunning costumes, including a glamorous Halston ensemble.
Hollywood-born Minnelli performs selections from her recent release, Liza's at the Palace, a 2-CD set of her signature hits and personal favorites, such as her crowd-pleasing "Cabaret," "Liza with a Z," and "New York, New York." Her Broadway show last year garnered high praise - Steve Holden of The New York Times stated, "Liza Minnelli is a pure entertainer and there is none purer!" and David Rooney of Variety said, "Minnelli's charisma is undiminished and her vocals still have power, warmth and a startling ability to make every song personal." The triple-threat's recent European tour also received high praise.
The concerts mark Minnelli's first appearance on the Bowl stage since her 2008 induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and show-stopping performance. She is joined by Ross Konikoff and Dave Trigg, trumpets; Dan Levine, trombone; Chuck Wilson, Frank Perowsky and Ed Xiques, reeds; Mike Berkowitz, conductor and drums; Chip Jackson, bass; Bill Washer, guitar; David Nyberg, percussion; Rick Cutler, keyboards; and Billy Stritch, piano.
Liza Minnelli is now in her fifth decade as an internationally celebrated performer. Recently, after a triumphant 75-city international tour, she brought Liza's at The Palace to Broadway, which garnered her a 2009 Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. At age 19, Minnelli won her first Tony Award for her Broadway debut in Flora, the Red Menace. She was the youngest artist to win Best Actress in a Musical - a record she holds to this day. Minnelli has won two additional Tony Awards: one for her 1974 engagement at the Winter Garden Theatre, and one for her 1978 performance in The Act. She received a Tony nomination for her role in The Rink and was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2001. Additional Broadway credits include Chicago and Minnelli On Minnelli. Minnelli won an Academy Award for her legendary performance in the 1972 film Cabaret. Her other movies include The Sterile Cuckoo (Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations), New York, New York (Golden Globe nomination), Arthur (Golden Globe nomination), Stepping Out, Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, and Charlie Bubbles. Minnelli received the Emmy and Peabody Awards for her 1972 landmark TV special, "Liza With a ‘Z'." A restored and re-mastered DVD was released in 2006 by Showtime, which won a Satellite Award. She subsequently starred in television specials co-starring legends like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Mikhail Baryshnikov and Goldie Hawn. Minnelli recently achieved critical praise playing Lucille Austero, on the Emmy-winning "Arrested Development." As a recording artist, Minnelli has received a Grammy Living Legend Award and four Gold Record certifications. Highlights include the albums Liza With a ‘Z', Live at the Winter Garden, At Carnegie Hall and Results. Compilations include The Complete Capitol Collection and The Complete A&M Recordings. Liza Minnelli, her mother, Judy Garland, and her father, Vincente Minnelli, are the only family in Hollywood history to have all received an Academy Award.