Liza Minnelli made a triumphant return to the concert stage at the IP Casino Resort & Spa in Biloxi, Mississippi. Liza Minnelli in Concert With Billy Stritch marked the first time Liza has performed since back-surgery sidelined the legendary performer last September.
People.com said, "She back!"
The New Orleans Times-Picayune said, "Dressed in a shimmering, black, off-the-shoulder tunic and pants, set off with a long fuchsia scarf, Minnelli hit the stage and her fans leapt to their feet, giving her a standing ovation before she sang a note."
Theaterlife.com says "HURRAY" "WE LOVE YOU LIZA"
The Mississippi Press said,"Minnelli opened the set with a mesmerizing rendition of the George and Ira Gershwin-penned Our Love Is Here To Stay, quickly demonstrating there are still few who can deliver a song like Liza Minnelli. Throughout the show, fans yelled out to Minnelli. "We love you!" "You’re the best!" "You’re awesome!" were among the calls, with Minnelli frequently responding in kind."
This September Liza will travel to the UK for a unique series of concerts which will find her being interviewed live on-stage talking about her extraordinary career, from growing up in Hollywood to the present day. These evenings will end with intimate songs from Liza, accompanied by her long time musical director and pianist Billy Stritch.
The first of these will be on September 20 at the famed London Palladium where the moderator will be Sir Bruce Forsyth, Britain’s famed television presenter and entertainer whose career spans 75 years. In 2012, the Guinness World Records recognized Forsyth as having the longest television career for a male entertainer.
Liza will then go on to Sheffield on September 22nd before wrapping up in Glasgow, Scotland on Sept. 24th.
Liza will be in Oklahoma and Texas October and November for a new show called "Great Day." As always she’ll have Billy Stritch on-stage with her and they’ll then be joined by Cortes Alexander and Jim Caruso who were with her when she did Liza’s at the Palace…. on Broadway in 2008/09.
Liza will mark a major milestone when she turns 70 next March.
Photography: Steven T. Lawrence