With her father's (the great director, Vincente Minnelli) facial features and her mother's (Judy Garland) brassy vocal delivery, Liza Minnelli has spent most of her career seeming like a performer lost in time. A major talent, she burst onto television, Broadway and film while still a teen in the late '60s. The links to her mother's famous Âtake no prisonersÂ vocal approach are more genetic than studied. Being a little sensitive to her connections, Minnelli at first avoided singing but couldn't hide her talent for long. She is no longer the Tony and Oscar winning Cabaret superstar she was in the 1970s, but she is still a vital stage performer, and her collaboration with the Pet Shop Boys was a hit across Europe. With today's renewed interest in classic pop singing, she released her best album, Gently, a collection of standards featuring such jazz names as Herbie Hancock and Pete Jolly) in 1996. Sadly, she suffers from the same problems as her mother and she has become tabloid fodder of late, aging decades over a period of a few months.
Liza Minnelli Concert Films
Live From Radio City Music Hall
Runtime: 1 hr 34 minLiza Minelli - Live From Radio City Music Hall chronicles her sold-out 1992 tour, filled with dazzling choreography and gorgeous costumes. Liza is in rare form with renditions of “Some People,” “Imagine,” “Theme From 'New York, New York',” and more.
Liza Minnelli Top Tracks
A Moonlight Serenade On The Queen Mary 2
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minSurrounded by a room of ballroom dancers and backed by a 15-piece orchestra, Carly Simon taped two nights of concerts on the Queen Mary 2 in early September of 2005. The six-day voyage (from New York City to Southampton, England) onboard the most famous ocean liner in the world.
An Evening of Nostalgia
Runtime: 1 hr 8 min'An Evening Of Nostalgia With Annie Lennox' captures one of music’s most popular and acclaimed artists in her only full concert performance of songs from her Grammy-nominated 'Nostalgia' album. Fronting a 19-piece band, including string and horn sections, and unveiling striking lighting and production elements created especially for this concert, Lennox demonstrates her distinctive vocal and performance talents on an array of songs from the classic American songbook, ranging from “Summertime”, “Georgia On My Mind”, “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless the Child” to one of rock ’n’ roll’s most enduring classics, “I Put a Spell On You”. As she does on her Nostalgia album that spawned this one-of-a-kind concert, the singular approach Lennox brings to these classics enables them to resonate for a 21st century audience. The artist concludes her extraordinary show with a four song selection of her own hits performed solo at the piano, including “Here Comes the Rain Again”, “Why” and “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”. Beautifully filmed by director Natalie Johns at the downtown Los Angeles art-deco landmark The Orpheum Theatre on January 28, 2015, 'An Evening Of Nostalgia With Annie Lennox' is a truly unique concert performance that music fans the world over can now experience for themselves.
Live at Lincoln Center
Runtime: 54 minIn 2003, Idina originated the role of "the green girl," the misunderstood witch in the hit musical "Wicked" which included her show-stopping performance of the song "Defying Gravity." In 2007, she re-recorded and remixed "Gravity" and the song went on to become a Top 5 hit on the Billboard Dance Chart. Her star turn in "Wicked" won her a Tony Award and huge critical acclaim. Other credits include two Drama Desk nominations for her roles in "The Wild Party" and "See What I Wanna See" at the Public Theatre. Film credits include starring roles in the Disney romantic fable, "Enchanted," "Rent" and Robert Towne's "Ask The Dust." Inspired by artists like Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand - triple threats who have conquered stage, film and success as recording artists, Idina Menzel stands poised to embark on her ultimate challenge a solo artist singing her very own songs.
The Judy Garland Show
Runtime: 48 minThis CBS special, filmed in 1962 and colorized in this version, brings together three legends in a once-in-a-lifetime concert. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin indulge in their usual Rat Pack high jinks, swilling drinks, trading barbs and crooning catchy tunes. But it's Judy Garland in the spotlight here, the crown jewel among gems, belting out classics such as "The Man That Got Away," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and more.
Back to Brooklyn
Runtime: 2 hr 17 minBarbra Streisand was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Still in her teens, she left home to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress. She went on to conquer the worlds of stage, screen, and music, winning the Tony Award, multiple Oscars, Emmys, and selling out concerts around the world. She’s the most successful female recording artist in popular music history and the only singer to have a number-one album in five consecutive decades. This concert video, recorded on October 11th & 13th, 2012, captures Barbra's triumphant return to her hometown. With special guest Chris Botti and a thrilling duet with her son, Jason Gould, Barbra achieves yet another career milestone, proving along the way that you can take the girl out of Brooklyn, but you can’t take Brooklyn out of the girl!
Live In Amsterdam: Wildest Dreams Tour
Runtime: 1 hr 31 minTina Turner is a musical legend. From her early days in the Ike and Tina Turner Revue in the sixties, with hits such as Nutbush City Limits, River Deep Mountain High and Proud Mary through to her solo success in the eighties and nineties with classic tracks including Lets Stay Together, Whats Love Got To Do With It and Private Dancer, she has maintained her status as one of the great female vocalists. The concert was recorded in Amsterdam in 1996 on the tour for the Wildest Dreams album and captures Tina at her dynamic best. All her hits are included and can now be heard in the best possible sound.
Runtime: 1 hr 11 minWorld-renowned vocalist and all-around cool guy Tony Bennett brings a touch of old-school class to MTV's Unplugged . Includes guest performers Elvis Costello and K.D. Lang and the songs It Had to Be You, Fly Me to the Moon, They Can't Take That Away from Me, Rags to Riches and more.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 55 minCyndi Lauper, the punky New York princess who just wanted to have fun in the 80's, has matured into a woman who can add an organic honesty to classic standards, as featured on this Soundstage and in her most recent album At Last. From Edith Piaf's "La Vie En Rose" and "Hymn to Love," to the playful "Makin' Whoopee," to somber serenades like "Unchained Melody," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "Walk on By," Lauper elevates her adoring audience with a revealing candor, an impressive range and a pensive sense for interpretation.
But her performance is also a celebration with Lauper's innate sparkle shining through the fun flashbacks "Time After Time," "True Colors," "Money Changes Everything," "Shine" and, of course, "Girls Just Want To Have Fun." With the audience dancing on chairs, and the artist running up the aisles and delivering anecdotal asides, Grammy-winning Lauper reveals that she's a true performer - at ease with her identity as a modern pop powerhouse, but prepared to revel in her most recent reincarnation.