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Liza Goes to Germany

We need to discuss literally every aspect of this weird interstitial dance number at 44 minutes in, featuring two of Liza Minnelli’s backup dancers at a 1982 concert in Germany.

What flexible hips!

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Goldie and Liza Together Again

I kept a VCR for far longer than I should have because I owned a bootleg of  Goldie and Liza Together, the legendary (and mostly forgotten) TV special featuring Goldie Hawn and Liza Minnelli essaying some of the popular hits of the day. Or, the then-recent yesterday. But one of the joys of YouTube is that I now have a place to watch all my precious memories, rather than storing clunky VHS bricks in my home.

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Liza Loses Her Mind on The Arsenio Hall Show

First of all, have you ever seen Liza look more like a Normal? Second of all, those nights at Studio 54 clearly paid off in terms of dance moves alone. Look at her dancing by herself on The Arsenio Hall Show, performing the Pet Shop Boys’ dance remix of Sondheim’s “Losing My Mind”! (You can watch the trippy music video here!)

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The Name on Everybody’s Lips Is Gonna Be Liza

You know how Liza Minnelli played Roxie Hart in the original 1975 production of Chicago, right? No? Well, when star Gwen Verdon swallowed some confetti (this a decade after she swallowed a feather in Sweet Charity) and the show was already faltering at the box office, what choice did director Bob Fosse and songwriters Kander and Ebb have but to turn to their secret weapon, Liza with a z? She learned the entire role in a week flat; there was no advance publicity; she didn’t even get billing. And apparently attending one of those performances in that month was like being at a rock show.

More importantly, you can hear Liza performing “Roxie” live! She has a wildly different take on the role than either Verdon/Reinking or Renee Zellweger, but it’s amazing to hear her sounding amazing live on stage. (Also included here is Liza’s high-energy performance set to a lounge music version of “My Own Best Friend” on Sammy and Co.)

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Liza Loves Frank Mills

I really hate this song from Hair, and Liza’s bizarre, psychedelic cover on TV, all zoned out eyes and tentative upper register, doesn’t make me like it any more. And yet I can’t look away.

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Liza and Ann-Margret Together At Last

Well hell, who are we kidding? I have never once thought to myself in a moment of indecision or duress, “What would [insert Hollywood hunk’s name here] do?” I am much more likely to ponder what these two ladies would do, instead. So this week, keep in mind the survival of Liza Minnelli and Ann-Margret—and this unlikely but so perfect pairing.

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Liza’s Young at the Olympia

Before Bob Fosse and Cabaret, Liza Minnelli was just the big-voiced daughter of celebrities. She won a Tony Award for Flora the Red Menace and scored an Oscar nomination for her second film The Sterile Cuckoo. This is the era of her career that is the most fascinating and the least discussed. And part of that career is her concert at the Olympia in Paris.

Just a few years later, she’d perform the legendary Liza With a Z!, and the contrast between these two acts is staggering. Look at this extended ballroom dance break here and compare it to “I Gotcha” from Liza With a Z!. And compare her slightly manic performance style in Paris with the ease she exhibits a few years later under Fosse’s guidance.

Which is not to say that Liza at the Olympia is pointless. It’s actually a pretty moving concert, where Liza sings “Liza With a Z” in French and tries out some of the things she’ll be known for decades later—including ending the show with “Cabaret,” the first time she’d ever sung it publicly and the reason she was cast as Sally Bowles in the film. God bless the magic of YouTube for making this available after the jump! Continue reading

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