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!

Musto
Musto

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

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?

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