An online evening of songs, stories, and tributes, A Love Letter to Liza celebrates storied triple-threat superstar Liza Minnelli’s 75th Birthday. Well-wishes and remembrances make up the great majority of the evening, delivered with varying levels of eloquence and duration. Jason Alexander’s is probably the most insightful and touching, Jim Caruso’s the most packed with stories. Many of them are quite funny – John Waters wishing he had taken a spontaneous travel suggestion from her, Charles Busch on her amazing understanding of lighting. A personal favorite was Lily Tomlin’s; in addition to her personal tribute, she allows several of her most famous character to greet Liza as well.
There were also performances throughout, most notably Kristen Chenoweth’s rousing, roaring “Maybe This Time” and a tender “Old Friends” from Michael Feinstein. The evening concludes with eye-popping video of cabaret singer Seth Sikes’s très très gay rendition of Minnelli’s hit “Ring Them Bells.” By turns sweet, moving and entertaining, A Love Letter to Liza ends up creating a multidimensional portrait of a performer whose tremendous talent is matched by her enormous generosity. Recommended.
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