The London Gay Big Band presents Liza with a ‘Z’ – and more! – starring Christina Bianco. An unforgettable revival of Liza Minnelli’s iconic 1972 concert with a dynamic new pulse!
Liza with a ‘Z’ was recorded in May 1972 at the Lyceum Theatre, New York and is considered to be the first filmed concert on television. It showcased the many talents of Liza Minnelli, with direction and choreography by the legendary Bob Fosse and featured music by Cabaret songwriting team John Kander and Fred Ebb. The hit concert special went on to win 4 Emmy Awards and the album was certified Gold.
Join vocal powerhouse and internationally acclaimed star, Christina Bianco as she and the 28-piece London Gay Big Band bring this unique concert event to life with a new pulse, while paying homage to the legendary Liza Minnelli! Award-winning choreographer David Allwood and his dance troupe reimagine Fosse’s original work, echoing his iconic style with a fresh, modern flair.
Expanding the original programme, additional Liza Minnelli hits are seamlessly incorporated into the concert, giving audiences a dynamic event they’ll never forget! Songs include Ring Them Bells, Son of a Preacher Man, God Bless The Child, All That Jazz, Bye Bye Blackbird, New York, New York and selections from the musical Cabaret.
From stage to screen, Christina Bianco’s singular voice and comedic charm have brought audiences around the world to their feet. Born and raised in New York, Bianco captured international acclaim as a YouTube sensation with her impression videos, leading to performances on major television programs including The Ellen Degeneres Show in the US and The Paul O’Grady Show in the UK.
A two-time Drama Desk Award nominated actress, Bianco’s stage credits include Forbidden Broadway in NYC and London’s West End, Fanny Brice at the Theatre Marigny’s celebrated production of Funny Girl in Paris and LV in the UK tour of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.
The London Gay Big Band, founded in the summer of 2011, is a scintillating jazz orchestra made up of predominantly – but not exclusively – LGBTQ+ musicians, bringing a fresh and fabulous vibe to the UK music scene. In 2014 they reached the Semi Finals of Britain’s Got Talent, performing live to a television audience of 7 million people. Previous appearances include Ronnie Scott’s, BST Hyde Park Festival, Southbank Centre, main stage for Pride in London, Roundhouse, Hackney Empire and the Clapham Grand, among many others.
Join us for this exciting and rare opportunity to experience the songs of Liza Minnelli performed live with a 28-piece jazz orchestra and leading lights of stage and screen – for one night only at the Theatre Royal Brighton.
LIZA WITH A ‘Z’ – and more! at Theatre Royal Brighton
LIZA WITH A ‘Z’ – and more! is at Theatre Royal Brighton on Saturday 16th September, 2023.
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