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by Michael Portantiere

Less -- and Much More -- of Liza


    Boasting of having recently lost 45 pounds, Liza Minnelli looked "terrific!" in the concert she gave in Coney Island's Seaside Park last Thursday, with Christopher Cross (of "Arthur's Theme" fame) as her opening act. Although she was jet lagged and seemed to be in pain of some sort, Liza also sounded great -- better, in fact, than I've heard on any occasion during the past 15 years or so. Lovingly supported by musical director Billy Stritch and a 12-piece band, she wowed the fan-filled crowd with "My Own Best Friend," "Cabaret, "Maybe This Time," "Ring Them Bells," "New York, New York," and other selections from her stack of hits, plus "Teach Me Tonight," "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?", "My Ship / The Man I Love," and several more gems. Here are a few photos of the indomitable Miss M. doing her amazing stuff.







    Published on Monday, August 11, 2008

    Michael Portantiere has more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has interviewed theater notables for NPR.org, PLAYBILL, STAGEBILL, and OPERA NEWS, and has written notes for several cast albums. Michael is co-author of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: BEHIND THE MYLAR CURTAIN, published in 2008 by Hal Leonard/Applause. Additionally, he is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several major websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.) He can be reached at [email protected]

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