Posts Tagged: Liza Minelli

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.

Liza Minelli Performing All The Single Ladies – Awesome Video

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One of my favorite lines and scenes from Sex in the City 2 is when one of the girls asks Samantha why she brought her dog to the gay wedding. Her response was “What’s one more little bitch with an attitude”. I love her character in the show and later on in that same scene someone asked if the wedding could get any gayer and it does. All of the sudden at the end of the scene you hear the intro for Beyonce’s All the Single Ladies and Liza Minella appears with two drag queen Liza Minelli’s to perform it. The next comment is “When something is this gay, Liza just manifests”. The one liners and Liza Minelli performing Single Ladies in Sex in the City 2 made this movie amazing,,,if you were a fan of the show. If you weren’t a fan of the show then you were probably ready to walk out right when Liza started to sing.

Liza performing All the Single Ladies in Sex in the City 2 is by far one of the most memorable scenes. Everyone in the audience went crazy and it was almost like actually watching her live. Unfortunately when I saw her live at the kennedy center in DC her performance was a bit off and it looked like she wasn’t with it, but she was still amazing and it is hard to find people that can have a presence like she does, even with all of the talent currently on broadway. Although there are a million amazing performers, almost none of them can walk on stage and everyone just knows they are there and can actually feel the energy coming off of them.

It’s amazing to be able to see a video and feel someone’s energy and then when you see that same person in real life, you actually get to feel it. Although it may seem like some people have a huge presence, when you actually see someone like her perform, even the people in the back row are blown away and can actually feel her on the stage and are drawn in. That is one of the things that made her one of the most memorable and loved broadway stars of all time. Her energy and her presence are absolutely incredible and that is one of the reasons everyone still loves her.

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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.