When the line up for a recital is a soprano, pianist and clarinetist one would assume that at a certain point all three would perform together. Not at La Scala when Barbara Frittoli gave her scheduled recital. Her luxury accompanist was to have been Daniel Barenboim, but he was forced to withdraw due to an injury. La Scala's excellent Fabrizio Meloni was there with his … [Read more...] about Barbara Frittoli at La Scala: odd but nice
With “Elaine Stritch at the Carlyle: Movin’ Over and Out” which runs from 2 - 6 April one of the greatest stars of the stage leaves it for good. Elaine Stritch, with her signature leggings and white blouse, offered a cabaret that was more talk than song, and her colleagues turned out in force. At the Cafe Carlyle for the opening was Bernadette Peters, Tony Bennett, Liza … [Read more...] about At 88, Elaine Stritch bows out for good
Andrew Lloyd Webber told CNN's Piers Morgan that Michael Jackson wanted to play the title role in the film version of "The Phantom of the Opera." According to Webber, the King of Pop came to see the Broadway show multiple times -- years before the film came out -- and he and Jackson had spoken about a potential "Phantom" movie role. However, Webber said, "People in those … [Read more...] about Michael Jackson wanted to play Phantom in a film version
London was a big town for her. When I did the show at Carnegie Hall, there were people hating it, people sort of accepting it, people kind of [exhibiting] a general weariness of the whole situation. When I did it in London, it was across-the-board excitement and acceptance, and “This is fantastic!” It was almost like the same thing that she went through. I guess old lines … [Read more...] about Rufus Wainwright talks to Vanity Fair about Judy and Liza
Ok, not actually singing together. But when five-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga played Madison Square Garden last week as part of her Monster Ball Tour, Liza Minnelli and Billy Stritch were in the audience and, of course, went to meet Gaga backstage. The Playbill blog reports Gaga's recounting of her teachers' advice: 'You know, you’re never gonna play the heroine, and … [Read more...] about Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli – together!