Showing posts with label liza minnelli. Show all posts
Showing posts with label liza minnelli. Show all posts

Saturday, June 15, 2013

My Favorite Broadway - The Leading Ladies

o what a night!!! host julie andrews, bebe neuwirth, karen ziemba, linda eder, priscilla lopez, dorothy loudon, liza minnelli, marin mazzie, audra mcdonald, judy kuhn and elaine stritch shine in my galaxy. the rest aren't too shabby either.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bob Fosse's 'Cabaret' Restored to Original Glory

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took a stray bit of dirt to scratch the perfection of "Cabaret," and painstaking effort to return the 1972 film to cinematic glory.
The restored "Cabaret" is opening the TCM Classic Film Festival that runs Thursday to Sunday in Los Angeles. Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, the movie's stars, were scheduled to attend the ceremony marking the movie's 40th anniversary.
Minnelli's turn as cabaret singer Sally Bowles captured a best actress Academy Award and cemented her young stardom. She said making "Cabaret" was a joyful "secret," filmed in Munich and far away from meddling Los Angeles studio bosses.
Other TCM film festival events include a tribute to "Vertigo" star Kim Novak.
TCM said it expects to air the restored "Cabaret" later this year.

most all of the musical numbers existed within the cabaret in the oscar winning film version. the horrific and chilling 'tomorrow belongs to me' was sung in a german beer garden by a member of hitler youth. it absolutely is the most frightening song ever written for and sung in a musical.

The sun on the meadow is summery warm
The stag in the forest runs free
But gathered together to greet the storm
Tomorrow belongs to me

The branch on the linden is leafy and green
The Rhine gives its gold to the sea (Gold to the sea)
But somewhere a glory awaits unseen
Tomorrow belongs to me

The babe in his cradle is closing his eyes
The blossom embraces the bee
But soon says the whisper, arise, arise
Tomorrow belongs to me
Tomorrow belongs to me

Now Fatherland, Fatherland, show us the sign
Your children have waited to see
The morning will come
When the world is mine
Tomorrow belongs to me
Tomorrow belongs to me
Tomorrow belongs to me
Tomorrow belongs to me

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Oscarbation: A Look Back at 1969 for Best Actress


i hope you indulge me. the oscars are to gay men what the super bowl is too straight men. they don't always get their favorites in the game. we don't always get the performances in that we think should be there or the one that should have won out of the five choices given.

i hope to make this a sunday regular as we head toward oscar season. more during the week time permitting. but we start today.

for those of you who follow my blog you have probably guessed i love actresses. so that's where i'll begin with the best actress nominees of 1969. i'll endeavor to add supporting actresses from time to time.

1969 was a year that all the female nominees deserved to be nominated.

they were:

genevieve bujold in 'anne of a thousand days'
jane fonda in 'they shoot horses don't they'
liza minelli in ''the sterile cuckoo'
jean simmons in 'the happy ending'
maggie smith in 'the prime of miss jean brodie'

so in ascending order here goes:

jean simmons
a wonderful performance in a small film. ms. simmons always lights up the screen large and small. in this film the light was not quite bright enough. her best film performance was in 'elmer gantry'. as a woman on the verge of a breakup in 'the happy ending' she gives a heartfelt performance but not an oscar winning performance.

liza minnelli
as 'pookie' adams ms minnelli broke your heart. it was her first 'staring' role and she delievered the goods. she went on to win the oscar three years later. in 1969 she should be proud to have been an also-ran.

genevive bujold
in her first major staring role ms bujold held her own opposite richard burton. no small feat. she has never been better than in this film. sadly she was never given a better role. again, she should feel proud she was nominated.

maggie smith
ms smith won the oscar. it was a worthy win when you look at all best actress winners in the academy's history. it's just that her performance was a tad too theatrical. not her fault really. it was a theater piece first and was wonderfully translated to the screen. she gave a brilliant 'stage' performance where she was always more comfortable. she gave a really good film performance but she was not the best actress of 1969 yet remains one of the best actress winners.

jane fonda
jane fonda would no longer be considered a pretty face, a sex symbol or henry fonda's daughter after her performance in 'they shoot horses don't they'. she proved her mettle in a heart wrenching performance in one of the best films in modern history. as a down and out of luck woman in the depression era she tried to make a buck in a dance marathon. she sold her soul, and body, to the slick emcee in an effort to win. but it was lost before it began. she took us on an emotional roller coaster and as much as we rooted for her we knew all was lost. her nomination and her performance stand the test of time.
ms fonda would go on to win two oscars in films that were far less than this one. this remains her best performance ever. her losing it one of oscar's bigger shames.

without reservations i say jane fonda is and was the best actress of 1969

who do you believe was the best actress of 1969 among the nominees. perhaps you believe it was an actress other than these. it can happen. i certainly have years like this.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Song of the Day: 'I Don't Want to Know'

following up on angela lansbury's birthday celebration i offer one more number from another of her tony winning roles in 'dear world'.

'i don't want to know'

and liza minnelli added her own special flair and sequins to a great broadway song

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

'The Day After That' from 'Kiss of the Spider Woman'

'kiss of the spider woman' opened in 1993 on broadway. the cast starred brent carver as molina, anthony crivello as valentin and chita rivera as spider woman/aurora (see sidebar) all of whom won tony awards.
the show itself won best musical, book and music and lyrics.

not long after liza minnelli recorded the 'day after that' which she premiered live at the un on world's aids day. it became an anthem in the fight against aids.

i've chosen to post two of liza's versions here.

however the best version of all was the original by anthony crivello who won a  most deserved tony award for his role as molina. this is the best i could do. it's not about the pictures or the video. it's all about the music, the lyrics and anthony's amazing voice.