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.
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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.
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.
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.
Runtime: 2 hr 1 minThe Confessions Tour, filmed at London's Wembley Arena during her worldwide sold-out 25-city Confessions Tour (2006's top-grossing tour world-wide), features songs from throughout the dance diva's career but largely focuses on Confessions On A Dance Floor.
The Life of a Jazz Singer
Runtime: 1 hr 31 minAnita O’Day was one of the greatest of American jazz singers and this is her astonishing story—a journey of survival, and above all the endurance of her talent, told in a number of frank interviews with her and with those who knew her. Her career was long and eventful, spanning seven decades, her last album recorded when she was 84. Anita O’Day only ever wanted to be a singer and the film showcases performances that date back to the 50s with such artists as Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge, Stan Kenton, Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael. She is shown teaching Billy Taylor how to be a jazz vocalist. She speaks candidly, always candidly, with Dick Cavett, Bryant Gumble and David Frost, with clips from interviews done on 60 Minutes and CBS This Morning. Bert Stern, commenting on his experience filming Anita perform Sweet Georgia Brown for his film Jazz on a Summer’s Day, said it was the greatest rendition of the song ever made. Anita was a musical genius and pioneer who broke reverse race barriers. She was commonly regarded as one of the top female artists of her time, together with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. The film portrays her as a woman who lived her life the way she wanted without ever looking back. She speaks openly about how she had to overcome great adversities, including a 20-year addiction to heroin and alcohol. She chose never to have children and married for only a brief period. She lived an often lonely life that was sustained only by her passion for music. Personalities talk about her quirky personality, while jazz critics and her few still living contemporaries speak of her extraordinary talent and how amazing it is that she continued to sing for so long. The film shows Anita on tour in Europe well into her eighties and her making that final recording, shortly before her death, the death of an icon.
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.
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.
One Night Only: At the Village Vanguard
Runtime: 1 hr 23 minBarbra Streisand live at the Village Vanguard, New York's legendary jazz club. In September 2009, 48 years after her last club performance, a select group of fans and friends had the rare opportunity to experience Barbra in this ultimate up-close-and-personal setting. Accompanied only by piano, bass, guitar and drums, this is the artist at her most intimate.
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.
Live at Last
Runtime: 1 hr 45 minTwenty years after She's So Unusual made her an icon, Cyndi Lauper’s Live...At Last captures an intimate night at New York's Town Hall in 2004, featuring dramatically reworked renditions of her hits from "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" to "True Colors."