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Liza Minnelli Bringing Her Legendary Showmanship To Foxwoods

October 31, 2013


Oct. 31--They do not come any more legendary than Liza Minnelli, and on Nov. 8, the Academy, Tony, Emmy and "Legends" Grammy-award-winning star is coming to Foxwoods Resort Casino's MGM Grand Theater.

Considered one of the entertainment world's consummate performers, the 67-year-old is the superstar daughter of iconic actress and singer Judy Garland and celebrated director Vincente Minnelli. Her career highlights range from being the youngest woman ever to win a leading actress Tony Award for "Flora the Red Menace" to memorable Broadway appearances including "Chicago," to an award-winning movie career as Sally Bowles in "Cabaret." Her television program, "Liza with a Z," produced a Top 20 album and won the Emmy for Outstanding Single Program and the prestigious Peabody Award. Liza was in the midst of rehearsals in New York for her current concert tour and a bit out of breath but laughing when she Spilled the Beans with Java, after excusing herself just once so she could chase after her dog who had unexpectedly bolted through an open door.

Q: So how are you and what are you up to?

A: I'm in the middle of rehearsals for the show. And it feels great. I love to perform, we have a great show and there is nothing like a live audience.

Q: You are probably one of the most talked about celebrities, gossip wise, a combination of your pedigree, your talent and your visibility I assume. The latest is that you have had a massive facelift. True?

A: It is a very firm no to the facelift. Absolutely not. I got my drive from my mother and my dreams from my father. I have a thick skin when it comes to gossip and I don't ever want to be as rude as some people are.

Q: You seem to be timeless. What can people coming to see you expect from the show?

A: Expect a good show! John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote all my songs and they are so wonderful. "The World Goes Round" and "New York New York" and "Cabaret," all such great songs of theirs.

Q: What about some of the songs your mom made famous?

A: I never perform my mother's songs. I want to hear only her do them. It's out of respect and deep love for her. I would never consider performing her work.

Q: You seem to put your whole heart into what you do professionally. Did you learn that from your parents?

A: Some. I do concentrate on the singing and the delivery and I think those are the characteristics I have become famous for. I always think of each song as a little movie. So each night's show has many different little parts, little vignettes. I learned that from a mentor of mine, Charles Aznavour, who wrote for me, too, and translated my show "Liza With A Z" into French. As far as my parents, they were wonderful. And actually we are the only mother, daughter, father who have all won an Oscar.

Q: You set your performance bar so high. Is that the industry standard?

A: I think everybody used to have the work ethic I have. It's different now. We didn't go on one show and suddenly we were a star and then two months later we weren't anymore. There's a quickness to everything now. Andy Warhol said 15 minutes of fame for everyone, I say now it's two minutes. I trained, I studied hard for this profession. I was fascinated by it, especially Broadway. I love the state and I loved finding people who knew more than me. And I wanted to learn from them and I did.

Q: So with all the work you are involved in, is there any down time for you and is what you do on your own time private? Any men in you life?

A: There used to be a thing called privacy and now everything is online thanks to social media. You can date online, talk online, have sex online. This minute, I am not seeing anyone. And I don't think I would ever get married again.

Q: Michelle Williams is reprising your role in "Cabaret" in a new Broadway production. I know you have been asked a lot about it but is there anything bittersweet about watching someone else in that role?

A: No. The movie and the play are so radically different. My movie was classic. No one can redo a movie and it was extraordinary what Fosse did in that movie. No one can redo a movie. It was my dad who took the musical out of the theater and put it into film and out on the street with "Meet Me in St. Louis." Fosse took 'Cabaret' off the stage and into film, too.

Q: The role you would still like to do, the one you wish you hadn't?

A: I'm planning something for December in New York but can't say what it is yet. I don't have career regrets. You learn something from everything. I don't look back, I just want to go forward.

Q: Who do you admire these days when it comes to performers?

A: I don't want to name names. I think there are performers who are working at being inventive and tryrng to do great things. I think there are some wonderful movies now. One of my favorites is "Forrest Gump." I would love to work with Tom Hanks some day.

Q: You are, how should we put it, sassy, and have maintained a good reputation ever since you began in the business as a child. What do you think of performers like Miley Cyrus and others who are making questionable headlines and selling their product off of reputation rather than talent?

A: I think they are good performers. Very good. When I was in London, Miley Cyrus was on the cover of everything after the VMA awards so it must have worked. As far as what I don't like about it all, I don't tell anyone. It's not anyone's business.

Q: What do you think entertainers owe their audiences?

A: There should be a combination of joy and effort by the performer. It should be done well and the performer should do everything they can to make it great. Always give 100 percent because audiences aren't paying 50 percent to get in.

Q: Something a lot of people don't know about you?

A: I love Cheerios. Anything else, just look it up!

LIZA MINNELLI: Tickets begin at $62.50 for the show; purchase at the box office, or by calling 800-745-3000 or at


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