Liza Minnelli makes rare Nashville appearance at TPAC performance, November 13

Performance date: November 13, 2010; Andrew Jackson Hall

Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville

Performance time: 8:00 p.m.

Tickets: $50-150 for single tickets, depending on seat locations. Tickets go on sale to the public July 23, at www.tpac.org, by calling 615/782-4040, or by visiting TPAC Box Office locations (Downtown and at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in The Mall at Green Hills).

Web sites: www.tpac.org; www.officiallizaminnelli.com

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center announces an evening with the legendary Liza Minnelli in Andrew Jackson Hall on November 13, 2010, at 8 pm.  A highlight of TPAC’s 30th anniversary celebration and a rare Nashville appearance, Liza will sing sensational American standards in a glamorous and intimate concert.

The show will feature some of the greatest songs of all time performed in their purest, most intimate form with Liza and her quartet.  Liza will be accompanied by Billy Stritch.

“It’s such an honor to host a legend and talent like Liza Minnelli,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC’s president and CEO.  “The contributions she has made to the performing arts world are influential and respected worldwide, so having her perform in Nashville is so very special.  The opportunity to hear her sing in Andrew Jackson Hall will be unforgettable.  TPAC celebrates 30 years this upcoming season, and when our doors opened in 1980, Liza was already a legend.  An icon like her is an ideal addition to this anniversary season, and a concert that shouldn’t be missed.”

Liza Minnelli was born on March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California to the actress/songwriter Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli, the film director responsible for such classics as “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “An American in Paris.”  She began her career at a very early age, co-starring with her mother in the movie “In the Good Old Summertime” in 1949.  At the age of 10, Liza hosted the first-ever TV broadcast of “The Wizard of Oz”, reaching a viewing audience of about 45 million people.  By the time she was 19, she had landed the lead role in “Flora, the Red Menace”. This Broadway performance won her a Tony for the Best Actress in a Musical.

In 1967 she went on to star in several films that showcased her superb acting abilities (“Charlie Bubbles,” “The Sterile Cuckoo,” and “Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon”).

In 1972, her movie career peaked when she played Sally Bowles in “Cabaret.” The film won eight Oscars, including the Best Actress for Liza.  The role also earned her a Golden Globe and a British Film Academy Award.  The unqualified success of “Cabaret” put Liza on the covers of Time and Newsweek in the same week.  Liza also starred in the first concert ever filmed for live television in 1972.  “Liza with a Z” produced a Top 20 album and won the Emmy for Outstanding Single Program.  It has been released in recent years as a DVD.

Liza went on to appear opposite Robert DeNiro in the musical “New York, New York,” directed by Martin Scorsese, in 1977.  In 1981, she co-starred with Dudley Moore in the movie “Arthur”, going on to make the sequel “Arthur 2” in 1998.

Liza added a second Golden Globe to her already impressive list of awards in 1985 wither her performance in “A Time to Live”, a made-for-TV movie.   In 1989, she produced an album with Britain’s Pet Shop Boys called “Results” that was a huge hit all over Europe.

In 1997, Liza took over from an ailing Julie Andrews in Broadway’s “Victor/Victoria.” Andrews had to leave the show to undergo a vocal cord surgery which was not completely successful.  Liza later underwent the identical surgical procedure and made a full recovery.  Liza returned to the state in December 1999 to pay tribute to her father in a show called “Minnelli on Minnelli” at New York’s Palace Theater.

Shortly after the CD of “Minnelli on Minnelli” was released in February 2000, Liza was hospitalized for encephalitis.  The prognosis was grim: she was told that she would never walk, talk, dance, or sing again. But Liza’s incredible will, determination and relentless hard work proved them wrong, and by June 2002, she was back on stage at the Beacon Theater in New York.  Her triumphant comeback CD entitled “Liza’s Back!” was released in October 2002 and she was seen as Lucille Austero in TV’s critically-acclaimed Arrested Development.

In 2008 Liza returned to Broadway with “Liza’s at the Palace…” which went on to win the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event, marking her four Tony Award.  She recreated the show at the MDM Grand where her performance was filmed for a public television special and a DVD.  The show’s cast recording was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Liza continues her extraordinary music career with ongoing concert tours in the U.S. and Europe, as well as recording a new album.

Tickets to Liza Minnelli go on sale to the public July 23, 2010, and range from $50-150, depending upon seat locations. For tickets, visit www.tpac.org, call 615-782-4040, or visit the TPAC Box Office (Downtown or at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in The Mall at Green Hills).

Anyone who renews or purchases season tickets to the 2010-2011 series of HCA/TriStar Broadway at TPAC by April 30 will be automatically entered to win a pair of VIP tickets to see Liza Minnelli in concert at TPAC, including a meet-and-greet opportunity.  No purchase necessary; to enter the drawing without a purchase, please visit the TPAC Box Office (downtown location only).

This performance of Liza Minnelli is part of TPAC Presents.  Institutional sponsors for TPAC include American Airlines, Coca-Cola, Dasani and Nova Copy.  Nissan North America, Inc. is a Sustaining Partner for TPAC.

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to providing and supporting the presentation of the performing arts to the citizens of Tennessee. Its four stages are home to Broadway in Nashville at TPAC, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, Tennessee Repertory Theatre and a variety of special engagements.  TPAC administers one of the largest and most comprehensive arts-in-education programs in the United States, offering learning opportunities for children and adults.  The organization has served more than 1.5 million students from pre-school to high school over the past two decades.  For more information, visit the web site, www.tpac.org.

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