Today, May 9, stage and screen legend Liza Minnelli treated fans to a special CD signing of her new CD, Liza Minnelli: Live At The Winter Garden at Barnes & Noble in midtown Manhattan. BroadwayWorld was on hand and spoke with Liza about the special release decades after the recording was made and why it's still important now.
Masterworks Broadway is releasing Liza Minnelli’s historic concert album Liza Minnelli: Live At The Winter Garden. The long-awaited recording is derived from the original master engineered by Phil Ramone. The concert recording includes performances from Minnelli's legendary show in January 1974 as well as three recently discovered live bonus tracks that were recorded but not included on the original LP.
Winner of four Tony awards, an Oscar, a special “Legends” Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy, Minnelli is one of the world’s consummate performers. In film, on stage and in television, Liza has won critical acclaim, a multitude of fans, and recognition from her peers in show business, giving new dimension and credibility to the word “superstar.”
In between her many TV and film roles, Liza has never stopped touring and has long been considered one of the most exciting concert performers. She electrifies audiences around the world and has set records at the most prestigious venues, from the Palladium in London and Opera House in Sydney, to the Olympia Theatre in Paris and New York’s historic Carnegie Hall, where one of Liza’s greatest triumphs was her unprecedented three-week concert engagement in 1987. Liza was the first entertainer in the hall’s history to completely sell-out three weeks of appearances. She had earlier appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall in 1979. This appearance was every bit as unforgettable. On closing night the police had to disperse the crowd when they refused to leave the auditorium following multiple encores. Both of these concerts were recorded and are among the music industry’s most highly praised live concert recordings.
Minnelli won Tony Awards for Best Actress for both Flora The Red Menace and The Act. Who won the Academy Award for the film Cabaret and the Emmy Award for Liza With A "Z".