Liza Minnelli Comforted Costar of Broadway Flop

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At last night's Astaire Awards, Leslie Odom, Jr. won Outstanding Male Dancer In A Broadway Musical for his work in the short-lived evangelism tuner Leap of Faith.

In accepting the honor, Odom said about the show, "We weren't liked, in case you didn't hear.

"After we got the bad reviews, I was sitting there licking my wounds.

"The phone rang, and since it said '212', I picked it up. I thought, 'Maybe it's a job.'

"And I heard, "Leslie? It's Liza!

"I want you to know you're fabulous--and smile on your bows!

"I haven't read your reviews and I don't need to!"

A lovely gesture--and after all those horrid reviews, the show floated on the enthusiasm of the Liza types to pick up a Best Musical Tony nomination and now Odom has nabbed this award (over names like Hugh Jackman, Ricky Martin, and Matthew Broderick).

It's enough to make you believe a kid can rise out of a wheelchair and dance.


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10 comments
shirley
shirley

liza can get anybodys number who is famous

VonD
VonD

He. Is. Beautiful. I want to have his children. Lots of them. Stuffing in the oven, Leslie, let's get cooking!

Annabelle
Annabelle

I loved Leap of Faith and so did many others.  It just needed a bit more time to build an audience. And yes, Leslie was phenomenal! 

Jonster
Jonster

Go Liza.  This sounds typical of her.  Now, is she really humping on Tony Danza?!  I want the FACTS dammit!

Winston
Winston

I';m trying to imagine picking up the phone and it's Liza. Scary but kind of fun, no?

Marquesa
Marquesa

How did she get his number?

Musto
Musto

Strangely, no mention was made of their impending marriage, lol.

Musto
Musto

"Bows" as in "curtain calls."

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