Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
The Act (1977 Original Broadway Cast)
Genres: Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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Liza shines it on!
sbunky | Canton, Ohio United States | 03/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In 1978, a friend and I drove overnight from Ohio to New York City without tickets to try to see "The Act." The Broadway Gods were looking down on us, because we were able to get front row aisle seats for an outrageous $25.00 a piece. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. What a wonderful reminder this CD is of that evening. Every song is a gem, but the showstoppers are "Bobo's," "There When I Need Him," "Arthur in the Afternoon," and of course, the mega-showstopper, "City Lights." But my favorite moment from the CD and from that night 25 years ago is "The Money Tree." Even typing those three words just now, gave me chills. The only thing better than hearing Liza sing that song on this CD was watching her sing it in person."
MINNELLI'S TOUR DE FORCE CLASSIC~BRAVO LIZA!!!
Bradly Briggs | TOLUCA LAKE, CALIFORNIA | 05/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anyone lucky enough to experience the Magic of Minnelli in the Kandler-Ebb classic "The Act" which was specially created to showcase Liza's kaleidoscopic talent, knows that this Legend has no peer then or now on the live concert stage and each time I attended this incredible event standing ovations were far too many to count and all well earned by Miss Minnelli. From the exhuberant opener "Shine It On", it is apparent that Liza is in peak vocal form singing with all of the passion and greatness that is her trademark. Romantic and reflective make "It's The Strangest Thing" a wonderfully appealing ballad while "Bobo's" is fun and energetic. Liza wearing a beautiful red dress came twirling down a pole and "Turning" became a beautiful and flowing ballet that turns into an engrossing up-tempo spiritual! "Little Do They Know" is a cute number for the chorus while love in the afternoon to relieve stress with a personal trainer make "Arthur In The Afternoon" a Liza classic which she would continue to include in her concerts for a number of years to great effect. Torchy and soulful make "The Money Tree" a passion filled stunning masterpiece as Liza pours everything she has into this greatly sung song and follows with a equally engrossing tour-de-force performance of "City Lights" which builds into a classic dance routine with Liza being lifted high into the air by a troup of dancers while belting out this showstopper making this one of Liza's major classics...full and rich yet tender and passionate is Liza's breathtakingly beautiful vocal on the winning "There When I Need Him" making it easy to see why so many fall in love with Minnelli's magical voice. I cannot think of any other singer who could bring so much to these songs as Liza does...she is simply incomparable throughout this great collection! "Hot Enough For You" is funky fun and the chorus does a reprise of "Little Do They Know" while Liza readies for the finale which is the reflective ballad "My Own Space" which is just a sublime Liza vocal with piano which is always a special treat! A soaring and soulful "Walking Papers" end this classic Tony Award Winning Show in a great spiritual fashion that has Liza singing with a great deal of passion and unmatched vocal brilliance. Anyone who appreciates a truly great singer will not want to miss this classic as Liza Minnelli is in peak form showing off the range of her remarkable talent~Viva Liza Minnelli!!!!!"
Fine Liza Minnelli vehicle
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 01/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"THE ACT was written for the talents of Liza Minnelli by her longtime friends and collaborators John Kander and Fred Ebb. It earned Miss Minnelli a Tony Award, though quickly began to flounder when she became ill and started missing performances.
THE ACT was built for Liza, so we're not going to see a revival of this show. The score is second-rate when you compare it to other Kander-Ebb scores like CABARET, CHICAGO and even THE RINK.
Liza Minnelli is the only reason to buy this cast album, where she belts out numbers like "Shine It On", "There When I Need Him", "Walking Papers" and the gorgeous ballad "It's the Strangest Thing".
A fine testament to Miss Minnelli's talents. [DRG CDRG6101]"