Bruce Forsyth has been announced as the host who will interview American showbiz legend Liza Minnelli on Sunday 20 September at the London Palladium in An Evening With Liza Minnelli.
Forsyth said: “I am absolutely delighted to be spending an evening in the company of one of the truly great entertainers of our age, someone I am also lucky to know as a dear friend. I am looking forward to guiding her on a trip down memory lane on the stage of the greatest theatre in the world – the London Palladium, where both of us have been lucky enough to perform many times over the years. She’s got some great stories to tell and I’m sure it’s going to be a truly unforgettable evening.”
Minnelli added: “I’m always so excited to return to Britain, which I’ve considered to be a second home for many years. I have so many friends there and I look forward to being back again for these special intimate evenings. Whenever I do concerts people always say they want to hear about me growing up, being on Broadway, in the movies, the people I’ve met and worked with… so this will give me a chance to share a lot more of those stories.”
Minnelli was a special guest star who sang ‘New York, New York’ to Forsyth on his 80th birthday BBC TV show Happy Birthday Brucie, in 2008, saying: “He’s a marvellous, wonderful man who I consider my buddy and who I just love.”
Currently in her sixth decade of performing, Minnelli, winner of four Tony Awards, an Oscar a Grammy, two Golden Globe awards, an Emmy and a BAFTA, remains one of the world’s most consummate performers and beloved entertainers.
Now Minnelli is following in the footsteps of Hollywood movie greats Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino, John Travolta and Arnold Schwarzenegger by getting up-close and personal with her British fans on stage in the West End.
Minnelli will also perform An Intimate Evening With Liza Minnelli at Sheffield City Hall on 22 September and the Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow on 24 September.