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It’s Super Liza – A Liquor Powered Superhero in Sequins

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I saw this at MOVA Lounge the other night and couldn’t stop laughing. It is a short video clip of a superhero version of Liza Minelli whose goal is to help all the gays in NYC who are in need. Not only is this liquor powered Heroine true to a stereotypical form, but it is absolutely hilarious. Kiss the “blackbirds” goodbye and realize that when Super Liza’s on the scene, every day “is a Cabaret old chum“.

If you’ve been to NYC and like the piano bars, I think that one of the funniest things that you may not get from this video is that when Liza goes to get fueled up to fight evil, she goes to a gay piano bar called Don’t Tell Mama (which I always review here when I go to NYC). The funny part about Super Liza going to Don’t Tell Mama in NYC is that “Don’t Tell Mama” is a song from the show Cabaret which Liza made famous. I love that they actually took a famous icon like Liza and made her into a superhero, but it could get kind of scary if they took other broadway stars and turned them into superheroes as well.

Could you imaging a super powered Bernadette Peters with her hair lasso or a super powered Kristin Chenoweth that uses her power of cuteness and voice to fight off evil and protect the gays. What about a super powered Barbara who fights for deals so you “can get it on wholesale” or even a Carol Channing that can talk to Diamonds and make them attack since they are her best friends. There are a ton of funny broadway star superheroes they could invent.

I never actually watched the show that produced this video clip, I think it’s that big gay sketch show, but I am completely tempted to start watching now if all of the clips are as good as the Super Liza one. If you’ve watched the show and liked it, feel free to leave a comment below or to share your own favorite clip from their show. Thank you all again for reading.

The Money Song from Cabaret – F*cking Lazy People

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One thing that annoyed the crap out of me and still does are the people that bitch that they don’t get paid enough or make enough and never actually work a full day in their life. I remember when I used to work for another company one of my employees would constantly bitch about not making enough and always say how he/she deserved a promotion. I was always shocked when this person would complain about it because this person not only either clocked out on time every day instead of staying late, but the person never actually did anything at work or met a single deadline. It was almost amazing the amount of confidence this person had when he/she would request a raise every couple of weeks and complain about not getting paid enough when they actually had zero relevant skills and couldn’t actually get any work done. It always made me kind of pissed and also think of The Money Song from Cabaret.

The Money Song from Cabaret is all about money and wanting or getting more. It’s an awesome song that completely shows this new generation of people who are in the work force and automatically expect to get promotions, raises and extra bonuses without actually having to work. In The Money Song from Cabaret, Liza Minelli and Joel Grey both sing about money and wanting and having more. They sing about different currencies and how they love having a ton of it. It’s almost like each of these people that are entering the work force are these two people singing about money and not realizing that until they actually learn enough to be promoted or actually sell enough of the company’s services, generate enough revenue, work long enough, they don’t actually deserve a raise. Showing up for work on time is what you are supposed to do, not something that should get you a promotion. It’s kind of funny how the new generation of people going into corporate America think that just because they show up on time, stay until they are supposed to leave, not later, and because they don’t take their entire lunch they should get paid more. It’s called doing their job, not doing extra. It always shocks me when I hear them talk and complain about doing a project on time and not getting a thank you for it. They are getting paid for doing a good job, not for completing something and then expecting praise. HR departments and other people are making excuses for them, but it’s freaking ridiculous that they think this way and it’s almost sad to see that these people are going to be in charge of our economy one day. Listening to them talk is actually like listening to The Money Song from Cabaret and although it’s funny to watch and sing a long to, it’s kind of scary that these people actually think like this. Anyways, just wanted to vent about it for a minute.

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I’m going to see Liza!!! Yes with a Z

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Ok, I know you all are about to be jealous of this star studded Diva oriented weekend in Washington DC.  Not only do we never get the parties that NYC, LA, San Francisco, London, Chicago, etc… get, but we never have the amazing Broadway shows or variety that these cities get.  The one thing we do have that is unique though is the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

The Kennedy Center is not an amazing old styled theatre but it is a huge complex with amazing sound and can easily host all of the top shows in the world.  This is where I went to see Hairspray for the first time and many other shows.  We also have the touring cast of Mary Poppins coming through soon but more importantly we have the Kennedy Center Spring Gala coming through this weekend.

The Kennedy Center spring gala in Washington DC is sort of like the kick off season to Summer shows and events.  The Kennedy Center goes all out and brings in Broadway stars of all calibers and styles.  This year they have completely gone out of their way to bring in some of the best, most well known talent around.  The odd thing though is that there are still tickets available.  Some of my friends just bought theirs last night.  I found it shocking because of this years line up of talented performers and Actors.

The show headliner is none other than one of the original Divas, the great Liza Minelli.

Liza Minelli

Liza Minelli

Liza Minelli is not only the daughter of the famous Judy Garland, but Liza Minelli is an icon, one of the most recognizable faces and voices in American Pop Culture and history and no matter where you go or what you watch, you will probably run across a reference to her.  She has appeared in tons of movies, tv shows, jokes.  Liza has hit cds like like Liza with a Z and pretty much destroyed the show Cabaret for anyone else who would ever try to take it on.  Liza Minelli is a legend that I dare anyone to try to take on.  She is above and beyond going to be one of the highlights of this show.  This picture of Liza came from the Kennedy Center Website.  http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/specialevents/gala/

So if Liza Minelli isn’t enough of a headliner for you, the next star to take the stage is the amazing and seriously talented Ben Vereen.

Ben Vereen you’ll remember from countless Broadway shows including Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin and the list goes on.  For those of you not into theatre, which I don’t understand why you’d be here if you weren’t, he was in Funny Lady, All That Jazz, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will and Grace and the list goes on with his TV appearances and roles as well.  He is also the god father to R&B sensation Usher.  Ben is one of the most talented Actors in modern times and I cannot wait to see him perform.  He dances, sings, acts and steals shows.  Between him and Liza Minelli, can it get any better?  Actually yes.

Aaron Lazar, many of you will not know him, reinvented many roles and recreated some of the most loved characters on Broadway.  He was in the recent revival of Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities and the classic A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim.  Aaron has also been on TV in Ugly Betty, The notorious Bettie Page (if your name is Betty you better watch out for this one) and countless other show appearances.  Aaron may not be well known, but his talent should be.

The next Actor I would like to mention is one whose name you won’t remember but whose voice and image you will never forget.  Andrea McArdle was the original Annie.  Not only did she create the role of the red headed orphan, but I think she created one of the most memorable American Icons that almost everyone can remember from their childhood.  Everyone remembers watching it and everyone recognizes the red poster and red lettering for the red headed orphan.  Sure she has done other things since Annie but when you create such an iconic role and character as Little Orphan Annie, it is hard to do anything else.

Some other performers who will be there include Elizabeth Ashley, Raul Esparza, Opera Singers; Elmore James and Harolyn Blackwell and the list of show stopping celebrities goes on and on.  It is insane how much talent The Kennedy Center booked for the Kennedy Center Spring Gala 2010 and I cannot wait to watch all of these icons and amazing performers show why they are the incredible Actors and Actresses that they are and why they have reached Celebrity Status in the Theatre, Screen and Entertainment industry.

If you haven’t bought your ticket to the Kennedy Center Spring Gala yet, you seriously need to hurry up because if word gets out that people like Liza Minelli are in town tickets will sell fast!  Hurry up and buy your ticket today and then come back and share how you liked the show after.