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by Michael Portantiere


    Boasting of having recently lost 45 pounds, Liza Minnelli looked "terrific!" in the concert she gave in Coney Island's Seaside Park last Thursday, with Christopher Cross (of "Arthur's Theme" fame) as her opening act. Although she was jet lagged and seemed to be in pain of some sort, Liza also sounded great -- better, in fact, than I've heard on any occasion during the past 15 years or so. Lovingly supported by musical director Billy Stritch and a 12-piece band, she wowed the fan-filled crowd with "My Own Best Friend," "Cabaret, "Maybe This Time," "Ring Them Bells," "New York, New York," and other selections from her stack of hits, plus "Teach Me Tonight," "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?", "My Ship / The Man I Love," and several more gems. Here are a few photos of the indomitable Miss M. doing her amazing stuff.







    Monday, August 11, 2008 at 11:33 PM | Item Link

    Michael Portantiere comes to BroadwayStars with more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for such media outlets as TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has also contributed articles and reviews to AfterElton.com, Playbill, and Stagebill, and has written notes for several major cast albums. Additionally, Michael is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several notable websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.)
    He can be reached at [email protected]

    The last five columns written by Michael Portantiere:

    07/13/2010: Presidential Material

    07/04/2010: Hardy Boy

    06/29/2010: High School Stars

    06/21/2010: Falling in Love Again

    06/17/2010: A Meeting of the 'mos (and Their Friends)

    For a listing of all features written by Michael, click here.