Liza Minnelli in Concert – Las Vegas 2011

photo by Scott Harrison – www.harrisonphotos.com

Last night, Michael and I had a great time seeing the Academy Award/Tony Award/Grammy Award/Emmy Award-winning legend Liza Minnelli at the Hilton Hotel here in Las Vegas.

So much has been written about Liza, her amazing career and incredible talent. There’s really not much to add to the lengthy and well-earned praise but to emphasize THIS is a truly great star.

A lot of talented performers/singers/actors out there – but star quality is something you are quite simply born with.

From the moment she took the stage the audience was completely in heaven. I lost count of how many standing ovations occurred throughout the evening.

Of course, she sang her iconic songs Cabaret, New York New York and World Goes ‘Round, to wild applause. But some of the even better moments came when she sang from her new CD “Confessions.”

“Confessions” is easily the most intimate and revealing recording of her career. The songs exploit her fantastic “story-telling-through-song” gift. A collection of American classics, “Confessions” features songs arranged simply and elegantly, with accompaniment by her long-time pianist, Billy Stritch – a musical star in his own right.

Special thanks to the fab Jim Caruso for helping get the much sought after tickets, and for taking us backstage to meet the legend herself. Jim performed with Liza for years and is the talented host (with often musical director Billy Stritch) of NYC’s “Cast Party,” which recently had a big splash here in Las Vegas.

She performs again tonight here in Las Vegas at the Hilton. If you haven’t seen Liza live, I highly recommend it. You don’t see many true legends in your lifetime.

photo by Scott Harrison – www.harrisonphotos.com