Monthly Archives: December 2008


Read Peter Travers's 12/11 Doubt review from Rolling Stone:

Go ahead, jump to conclusions. Force your prejudices on other people. Insist that Iraq is hiding weapons of mass destruction. Wait, wrong argument. Doubt, based on John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning 2005 drama, is about a different kind of politics. Set in a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964, Doubt deals with a nascent war between Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Streep), the principal, and Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the parish priest. Since Streep and Hoffman are two of the best actors on the planet, expect fireworks. Chatting with boys in the schoolyard, Father Flynn spies the nun watching him from above. "The dragon looks hungry today," he says with a grin that the good sister is determined to wipe off his face . . .

(Follow the following link for the rest of the review:)


LIZA has been EXTENDED AGAIN — ANOTHER WEEK, now through Sunday, January 4th, 2009 :

For Immediate Release:

Due to rave reviews & overwhelming demand

"Liza's At The Palace…."
Extends Broadway Engagement AGAIN!

1 more week thru January 4th
Palace Theatre

Tickets for add'l. performances go on-sale December 12th

Due to rave reviews and overwhelming demand, "Liza's at the Palace…." the new hit show starring  Liza Minnelli will play an additional week of performances at Broadway's Palace Theatre (Broadway & 47th Street).  The engagement is now scheduled to play through January 4th—surpassing the originally announced closing date of December 28th. The extension includes evening (8PM) performances on Tuesday, Decembe r 30th, Friday, January 2nd and Saturday January 3rd plus a final matinee performance on Sunday, January 4th at 3 PM.

Produced by John Scher/Metropolitan Talent Presents & Jubilee Time Productions and directed and choreographed by Ron Lewis, the evening features many of her personal favorites and signature hits, followed by a dance-filled tribute to the groundbreaking late-1940s nightclub act of Minnelli's godmother, Kay Thompson. Gary Labriola serves as Executive Producer.

Along with a twelve-man orchestra led by conductor/drummer Michael Berkowitz and pianist/musical supervisor Billy Stritch,Liza’s At The Palace…. is highlighted with many of Liza’s showstoppers such as “Cabaret,” “Maybe This Time,” and “New York New York” – as well as songs by Charles Aznavour, Roger Edens, John Kander, Johnny Rodgers, Billy Stritch and David Zippel.

For the first time onstage, Liza pays an affectionate salute to her godmother, the late Kay Thompson who was a ground-breaking vocal arranger and musical director/vocal coach at MGM Studios. Supported by a quartet of dynamic singer/dancers, Liza performs musical numbers (with the original vocal arrangements) from Thompson’s historic act with The Williams Brothers. Songs include “I Love a Violin,” “Clap Yo’ Hands,” “Jubilee Time,” and “Hello Hello” – set to brand new staging and choreography by Mr. Lewis.=2 0Accompanying her onstage is Cortes Alexander, Jim Caruso, Tiger Martina and Johnny Rodgers.

With additional material by David Zippel, the concert performance features scenery by Ray Klausen, costumes by Roy Frowick Halston, lighting by Matt Berman and sound by Matt Krauss.
Liza Minnelli was born in Los Angeles and made her screen debut as a toddler in the musical In the Good Old Summertime in 1949. One of the world’s best-loved entertainers, she won Tony awards for Flora, the Red Menace in 1965 and The Act in 1978, along with a third for Best Personal Achievement, resulting from her 1974 engagement at the Winter Garden Theatre. Nominated for an Academy Award® for The Sterile Cuckoo (1969), she won the best actress prize for her best-known film, Cabaret (1972), which also won her a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA. She won an Emmy for Liza with a20'Z' (1972) and was also the recipient of a Grammy Legend Award in 1989, making her one of the few artists who have won entertainment's top six awards. Liza has also been the recipient of three David di Donatello Awards – for The Sterile Cuckoo (1969), Cabaret (1972) and Lifetime Achievement (2002). Film credits include Charlie Bubbles (1968), Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970), Lucky Lady (1975), A Matter of Time (1976), New York, New York (1977), Arthur (1981) Stepping Out (1991), and The Oh In Ohio (2006).  Liza recently attracted an entirely new generation of fans with her acclaimed turn as "Lucille 2" on the Emmy-winning Best Comedy Arrested Development, and for her appearance on the chart-topping album The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance.  For the latest on Liza, visit her website

Ron Lewis has been a staple on the Las Vegas scene for decades  and has worked with Liza since 1970. (Liza credits him with “winning her the Tony” for her performance in “The Act” on Broadway.)  Having worked on over 80 productions, Lewis has directed/choreographed shows for some of the biggest names in show business including Ann-Margret, Debbie Reynolds, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Paul20Anka.

Liza’s At The Palace….” plays the following performance schedule at the Palace Theatre (Broadway & 47th Street) : Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8PM with matinees on Sundays at 3PM. PLEASE NOTE: on Wednesday, December 24th there will be a special 3PM matinee performance and no 8PM evening show. In addition: there will be no performance on December 31st. Tickets prices range from $125 to $55. (***Upon special request by Liza— $25 seats will be made available at box office by daily lottery.  **** For more information and tickets by phone Tickets: 212-307-4100 or 800-755-4000 or log onto:



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by Conor McPherson

Scrumpy Jack, Chardonnay, and Smithwicks are the drinks of choice for Kevin, Dermot, and Joe, respectively.

These men are three down and out Dubliners; their drink choices are a direct reflection of their place (or lack there of) in modern day Dublin society. One young, one middle-aged, and one old, they tell us their stories, in monologue, from the longing in their hearts.

This play deals with lost loves and missed chances not in the tragic sense as a lot of American playwrights do. McPherson refuses to reside in tragedy, injecting humor and insisting that things could always be worse. He also suggests that one’s own dream is not all that’s to be had, that friends, family and the little things are just as important.

An element of suspense is created throughout by these overlapping of stories that seem to have endless possibilities. Ultimately it’s McPherson’s ability to story-tell with simplistic yet surprising phrases that makes Port Authority a listener’s candy.

Cast: 3M

Monologues/Scenes: The play itself is a trilogy of male monologues intercut and intertwined. Each monologue is easily extractable (due to the fact that all three stories are independent of each other) as a possible one-man one-act.

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Like so many of the great Irish authors, McPherson's writing has a beautiful, lyrical quality and the characters he creates are not easily forgotten. Once again, he explores the heart and psyche of the common man in these three interconnected monologues. The young man who is desperate to move out of his parent's house once and for all; the middle-aged man, a borderline alcoholic and serial loser who has landed a job he's not qualified for; and the old man, a sprightly widower who tries to make the most of his mundane retirement home existence. Set against a backdrop of contemporary Dublin-these three different generations are vastly different yet all three share a common concern about lost love-and their own part in losing it. The power of these three interlocking stories grows gradually into one incisive portrait of Dublin life, in a play that is hilarious in its detail and moving in its portrait of ordinary lives.""

Conor McPherson was born in 1971 in Dublin. He is best known for "The Weir" which ran in London's West End for 18 months as well as a lengthy Broadway run. He has won the Laurence Olivier, Critics Circle, Evening Standard, Meyer-Whitworth, Stewart Parker and George Devine awards. Following "I Went Down" (1998), his second film, "Saltwater," which he directed himself, recently opened in London.

Also available by Conor McPherson: "

The Weir and Other Plays"

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Dublin Carol"

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Product Details

Publisher : Theatre Communications Group
Published : 01/01/2003
Format : Paperback , pages 91
ISBN-10 : 1559362073
ISBN-13 : 9781559362078


The New York Times interview with John Patrick Shanley  on the film of his Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play follows.  A selection from Doubt is included in One on One: The Best Men’s Monologues for the 21st Century from Applause Theatre & Cinema Books.

'Doubt’ and Doubts of a Workingman


Published: December 4, 2008

WHEN John Patrick Shanley steps into a Midtown Manhattan hangout known for its theater clientele, few would guess how much he belonged.

There is little about his sure gait, workingman hands or no-nonsense affect that flicks at the artist within, let alone a playwright, often the more delicately wrought of the species. Only the eyes, weakened by glaucoma but working, suggest anything other than a tough guy from the Bronx. And in that gaze he is constantly calibrating everything around him, seeing a great deal and concluding not much.

“It’s an important part of my personality that I continually adjudicate, but I never reach a verdict,” he explains . . .



Compiled by Scott Schechter–producer, Minnelli-Garland historian, and developer of Liza’s Web site,–what follows are LIZA’S AT THE PALACE press links.  For more information on the show see the November 27 Stage Voices post below; for additional coverage, see . 




Liza's at the Palace…! opened on Broadway last night, December 3rd and was invited to the star-studded Opening Night party so we could share the celebration with you!




Radiant Liza Minnelli Glitters, Struts at Palace: Jeremy Gerard  

Review by Jeremy Gerard

Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) — The shimmering outfits — white, black and, of course, red — are by Halston. The familiar anthems are by John Kander and Fred Ebb. The backlit silhouette — legs apart, hair spiky, right arm thrust skyward, is unmistakable . . .




Photo Coverage: LIZA'S AT THE PALACE…! Arrivals

Liza's at the Palace…! opened on Broadway last night, December 3rd and was on the red carpet for all the starry arrivals as Liza opened her new show! . .





Veteran entertainer LIZA MINNELLI has dazzled critics with her comeback show – making a triumphant return to Broadway after nearly a decade.
The star returned to the New York stage in her headlining show Liza's at the Palace on Wednesday (03Dec08).



“I’d walk a million miles, for one of those smiles, from my Mammmmmmmyyyy!!”

It was goose-bump central as Liza Minnelli stood alone onstage, beautifully lit, drenched with sweat and belted out the old Al Jolson standard. Liza has performed this before, always to great effect — come on, she’s singing a song about “my mammy,” and we all know who Liza’s mammy was . . .  






Liza Minnelli reigns in opening at The Palace Theatre

BY LINDA WINER Britney who? Liza Minnelli is not having a comeback as much as an actual resurrection on Broadway in "Liza's at the Palace," a slick and exuberant time-capsule that opened last night in the theater where both she and her late mother, Judy Garland, have famously lived their ups and downs in public . . .,0,4667810.story




Liza Is Back In Business

Ms. Minnelli may be 62, but she's still a legend—and now she (and her new hips) are returning to Broadway.



Thursday, December 4th 2008, 3:51 PM


Liza Minnelli at "Liza's at the Palace" Opening Night performance at the Palace Theatre.

Santa came early this year – with a fabulous present wrapped in shiny sequins and shimmering stardust: Liza Minnelli . . .






Published: December 5, 2008

I wish I had met Kay Thompson, the creative whirlwind who inspirits the second act of Liza Minnelli’s new show, “Liza’s at the Palace …,” or simply had the chance to sit at her feet and absorb her presence. From the moment Ms. Minnelli joins forces with a male singing and dancing quartet to resurrect parts of a famous nightclub act Thompson created in the late 1940s and early ’50s with the Williams Brothers, the Palace Theater blasts off into orbit . . .






Liza Minnelli lights up Broadway's Palace Theatre


Thursday, December 4, 2008

(12-04) 09:00 PST NEW YORK, (AP) —

The woman knows how to a work a room. Even one as big and as historic as the Palace Theatre, that shrine to vaudeville on the corner of Broadway and 47th Street on the edge of Times Square . . .




Palace Guests

Sandra Bernhard, Tony Danza, Vincent D'Onofrio, Christine Ebersole, Cheyenne Jackson, Shirley MacLaine, Mary-Louise Parker, Elaine Stritch and more stars attend the opening of Liza's at the Palace…!

THE 33 TV:

Liza Minnelli lights up Broadway's Palace Theatre


NEW YORK (AP) — The woman knows how to a work a room. Even one as big and as historic as the Palace Theatre, that shrine to vaudeville on the corner of Broadway and 47th Street on the edge of Times Square . . .


Liza's at the Palace

 (Palace Theater; 1,740 seats; $125 top)


There’s a standard set of questions to be asked about any Liza Minnelli show: 1. How did she look? 2. How did she sound? 3. Did she open wearing black, white or red? 4. How many superlatives did she spout? 5. Did she mention David Gest? 6. Was she fabulous? A trainwreck? A fabulous trainwreck? For the peace of mind of all the hardcore acolytes desperate to know about “Liza’s at the Palace,” let’s get those answers out of the way immediately: 1. Terrific. 2: Pretty darn good. 3. White (vintage Halston). 4. Lost count. 5. Only obliquely, and not by name. 6. Kinda fabulous . . .



Theater Review of Liza's at the Palace

“Do you remember when I used to sit down during the second act? Now I do it during the first act,” says 62-year-old Liza Minnelli, who is making her first Broadway appearance in a decade at the Palace Theatre, where her mother Judy Garland once triumphed . . .