Ruth Leon recommends…Liza With a Z

Ruth Leon recommends…Liza With a Z

Ruth Leon recommends

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January 22, 2022

Liza With a Z
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Liza Minnelli stars in a television concert directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. This is the Liza we remember at her best, the era when she won a Tony, an Olivier, an Emmy (for this programme) and an Oscar. Completely accessible and likeable, like her mother, she’s telling you every lyrical line as though she’s having a conversation with you.

Nearly all the songs are by Kander and Ebb, whose style fitted her perfectly and the choreography is Fosse’s best, at a time when Liza’s dancing was up there with his great interpreters, Gwen Verdon and Ann Reinking. She performs many of her hits, including the title number, Liza with a Z and Son of a Preacher Man. The concert concludes with a medley of songs from the film Cabaret, alone worth the price of admission.

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  • V. Lind says:

    To watch this 50-year-old concert you have to subscribe to a service. Try YouTube, where you can rent it, I would expect for a lot less, and google around — this may well be free online — I noticed something to that effect. I liked Cabaret but can’t stand her otherwise — even in Cabaret that wide-eyed “who, me?” expression got on my nerves — so am not interested enough to explore further.