Airing Sunday, August 22 at 3 p.m.
One of the first concert films made for television, “Liza with a Z” (1972) starred Liza Minnelli and was produced by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. Fosse also directed and choreographed the concert, while Ebb wrote and arranged the music with his songwriting partner John Kander. Minnelli performed highlights from “Cabaret,” along with a variety of popular songs and material written for her by Kander and Ebb, including the title song.
“Liza with a Z” wasn’t simply a case of putting cameras in front of an existing concert. Liza and her team rehearsed at a Broadway theatre for eight weeks, and the special was shot on film instead of video, a rarity for TV at that time. Marvin Hamlisch was the music conductor and Halston, a friend of Minnelli’s, designed the costumes. Premiering the same year as “Cabaret” (which would win Academy Awards for Liza and Fosse), “Liza with a Z” earned four Emmy Awards, a DGA Award and a Peabody.
Our celebration of Broadway continues next week, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. with a journey to Oz for the spectacular “Wicked in Concert”!
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