Sir Bruce Forsyth, one of the UK’s best loved stars and entertainers, is today announced as the host who will interview American showbiz legend Liza Minnelli on stage in the West End in An Evening With Liza Minneli.
Sir Bruce said: “I am absolutely delighted to be spending an evening in the company of one of the truly great entertainers of our age, someone I am also lucky to know as a dear friend. I am looking forward to guiding her on a trip down memory lane on the stage of the greatest theatre in the world – The London Palladium, where both of us have been lucky enough to perform in many times over the years. She’s got some great stories to tell and I’m sure it’s going to be a truly unforgettable evening.”
Liza was a special guest star who sang New York New York to Sir Bruce on his 80th birthday BBC TV show, Happy Birthday Brucie, in 2008, saying: “He’s a marvellous, wonderful man who I consider my buddy and who I just love.”
Currently in her sixth decade of performing, Liza Minnelli, winner of four Tony Awards, an Oscar, a Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards, an Emmy and a BAFTA, remains one of the world’s most consummate performers and beloved entertainers. In film, on record, on stage and on television, Liza has won critical acclaim, a multitude of fans, and recognition from her peers in show business, giving new dimension and credibility to the word ‘superstar.’
Now Liza is following in the footsteps of Hollywood movie greats Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino, John Travolta and Arnold Schwarzenegger by getting up-close and personal with her British fans on stage in the West End.
She said: I’m always so excited to return to Britain, which I’ve considered to be a second home for many years. I have so many friends there and I look forward to being back again for these special intimate evenings. Whenever I do concerts people always say they want to hear about me growing up, being on Broadway, in the movies, the people I’ve met and worked with… so this will give me a chance to share a lot more of those stories. I can’t wait to see you all again!”
An Evening with Liza Minnelli is destined to be a night, which will not be forgotten!
Liza Minnelli was born in Los Angeles and made her screen debut as a toddler in the musical In the Good Old Summertime in 1949. One of the world’s best-loved entertainers, she won Tony awards for Flora, the Red Menace in 1965, Liza at the Winter Garden in 1977, The Act in 1978 and Liza’s at the Palace in 2009. Nominated for an Academy Award® for The Sterile Cuckoo in 1969, she went on to win the Best Actress prize for her best-known film, Cabaret (1973), which also won her a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA. She won an Emmy for Liza with a Z (72) and was also the recipient of a Grammy Legend Award in 1990 making her one of the few artists who have won entertainment’s top six awards. Film credits include Charlie Bubbles (67), Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (70), Lucky Lady (75), A Matter of Time (76), New York, New York (77), Arthur (81), Stepping Out (91), and Oh In Ohio (06).
Sir Bruce Forsyth is one of the UK’s most loved stars and has now been in showbusiness for eight decades. It is a career that started in the middle of World War Two when, aged just 14, he left school and began performing professionally billed as “Boy Bruce The Mighty Atom”. Sixteen years later in 1958, he became an “overnight” star when he was chosen to host Sunday Night At The London Palladium and he has appeared consistently on prime time television in the UK ever since – The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right, Bruce’s Price Is Right, You Bet!, numerous specials including Sammy and Bruce and Strictly Come Dancing from which he retired last year as main presenter after 11 series. A consummate live performer with numerous theatrical appearances across the world, most recent challenges and successes have included performing his ‘One Man’ Show at The Royal Albert Hall and making his debut (as an octogenarian!) at The Glastonbury Festival. In 1998 he was awarded the OBE, in 2006, the CBE and in 2011 a Knighthood for his services to the entertainment industry while in 2008, as well as celebrating his 80th birthday, Bruce was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship, the highest accolade the Academy can bestow.
Liza will also perform An Intimate Evening with Liza Minnelli in Sheffield at the City Hall on Tuesday 22 September and at the Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow on Thursday 24 September.