Diva returns to Palace Theater on Dec. 3
Liza with a Z is back on Broadway with a B.Liza Minnelli will play a brief stint at the Palace Theater beginning Dec. 3, performing a show called “Liza’s at the Palace …!” Minnelli will play nine perfs over two weeks, although the engagement could be extended if sales warrant. Production pays tribute to Minnelli’s godmother, Kay Thompson, the scribe, musician and vocal coach known for penning the “Eloise” series of children’s books (as well as for a memorable appearance in “Funny Face”). Broadway performance will also feature signature Minnelli tunes including “Cabaret,” “Maybe This Time” and “New York New York.” Show’s description resembles that of her currently touring concert production. Ron Lewis directs and choreographs, with Billy Stritch serving as musical supervisor and pianist for the Rialto outing. Conductor-drummer Michael Berkowitz leads the 12-member orchestra. Script, drawn from the thesp’s personal anecdotes, is written by Minnelli and David Zippel. Chorus for the show includes Cortes Alexander, Jim Caruso, Tiger Martina and Johnny Rodgers, with a design team including Ray Klausen (sets), Halston (costumes) and Matthew Berman (lights). Broadway run marks a return to the Palace for Minnelli, whose previous Broadway engagement, “Minnelli on Minnelli,” played the venue in 1999. That production was a tribute to her father, Vincente Minnelli. Legiters had already penciled “Liza’s at the Palace” into the calendar, after word that the performer was in negotiations for the engagement leaked out in press coverage of Minnelli’s upcoming perfs in Rhode Island. The Broadway run is produced by John Scher/Metropolitan Talent Presents and Jubilee Time Prods. At the Palace, the Minnelli show fits between the Oct. 19 closing of “Legally Blonde” and the Feb. 23 start date for the incoming revival of “West Side Story.” The Nederlander Org, which owns the Palace, has skedded a similar interim booking at the Marquis Theater next spring, with a Chinese acrobatics show slipped in between the closing of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” and the start of “9 to 5.”
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