Sunday, November 11, 2007

No. 39 - Liza With a Z

Bob Fosse won an Oscar (for directing Cabaret), a Tony (for Pippin) and an Emmy, all in the same year, 1973. His Emmy was for directing the TV special Liza With a Z, a one-woman show featuring 70's icon Liza Minnelli.

Liza puts on quite a show, one hour's worth of song and dance routines. She belts out the blues standard God Bless The Child by herself, then is joined by a chorus of dancers for I Gotcha and Son of a Preacher Man. Fosse's flamboyant choreography and staging are complemented by Minnelli's live-wire energy level.

Minnelli would later camp it up in Stanley Donen's Lucky Lady, and then explore new emotional heights and depths in Martin Scorsese's depressing New York, New York. But Liza With a Z is the perfect 70's musical artifact.

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