Liza In Fire Island! My Inside Report From The Front Row

Categories: Liza Minnelli

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She was there!

Onstage!

At the Ice Palace in Cherry Grove, Fire Island, as presented by Daniel Nardicio (above photo, yellow shirt)!

Doing two shows!

And I hear she got a nice week in Fire Island with her friends, so it was a lovely experience all around.

But let's start at the top.

On Friday, Nardicio had his weekly underwear party at the Ice Palace, filled with hotties in their skivvies prancing around as a gogo boy lay half naked on a table, surrounded by food.

I cohosted with Will Wikle, which meant I wore many layers while floating around and beaming a lot.

The next night, same place, Liza entertained with Alan Cumming.

Cumming emerged onstage first, telling us that this would be the gayest night in modern history--apparently even gayer than the underwear bash the previous night, when he'd gamely placed a jellybean in the food boy's crack.

I determined to find it!

Cumming then dazzled with smart, funny, touching, observant song stylings.

From his Adele/Gaga/Kate Perry mashup to his own confessional tune to a cover of Annie Lennox's "Why?" and beyond, he was sensationally strong and also provided a great, steady counterpart to Liza.

And out she came! Wearing black pants, a black bugled beaded top, and a thin, blood red scarf!

Liza and Cumming did an adorably free-wheeling "Baby It's Cold Outside."

She made florid arm gestures while singing that Aznavour song "What Makes A Man A Man"--sort of the original "I Am What I Am"--and she would certainly know about the need for gay expression after a couple of her husbands, lol.

She and Cumming did "Money" from Cabaret.

She belted "Maybe This Time" as Cumming added some sarcastic counterpoint. (Liza: "Maybe this time he'll stay." Cumming: "Fat chance, Liza.")

And they closed with "Cabaret," and lots of musical carrying on about how they won't die like Elsie.

The whole thing was an orgy of appreciation. The crowd was in heaven all through it.

Oh, and I stayed at the Belvedere, that charming and legendary white castle oasis, where I think I saw the food guy and the jellybean wasn't there anymore.

Like I said, magical!


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15 comments
zebrasnake
zebrasnake

you make me wish i was a beautiful rich young gay man.  *sigh*

pierce
pierce

She can barely sing anymore, she can't dance anymore (all those surgeries: poor thing), but I will always love huh! And if she's heading toward the same end as her mother (singing for tips at gay bars), at least she outlived Mama by a mile!

 

 

 

latenitebump
latenitebump

did anybody leave any coke laying around?

exackerly
exackerly

You stayed at the White Castle?

jackson30
jackson30 topcommenter

New songs by Adele, Gaga, and Katy Perry are tried? Gee, things happen very quickly, I guess.

williamHK
williamHK like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @jackson30

 I don't like any of the above singers or Annie Lennox, and who wants to hear his interpretations of these semi-current songs when one can hear the originals on Pandora?

williamHK
williamHK

Is she back on the sauce?  I hope so, and Cummings' repertoire is totally cliched & tired, he needs a new musical director, stat!

ladybug9
ladybug9

That was fun. But at the second show, people who'd been at the first show were spoiling the jokes by caling out the punchlines. Still, it was fun.

musto
musto moderator editor like.author.displayName 1 Like

Liza also paused to tell a joke--about a man who was laying across people's seats in a theater, gurgling and incoherent. When someone finally asked "Where did you come from?" he responded, "The balcony."

musto
musto moderator editor like.author.displayName 1 Like

People there had paid good money and were truly Liza lovers. Some of them had even bought tickets for both shows. So no one was looking at it from am overly critical point of view. Liza had the spirit and was really game and fun. So we loved it.

CafeMuscato
CafeMuscato

Too, too fab! But the pipes - were they there? And the diction? Was she Miracle Comeback Liza - i.e genuinely terrif - or was it more trip-down-memory-lane-so-let's-be-nice-about-it?

ladybug9
ladybug9

I was there! It was hotter than hell, and the seating was kind of a mess, but like you say, it was completely magickal with lots of good feelings in the air. I saw Liza at Cherry's after her second show.

blissbaby
blissbaby

I didn't know about this! Sounds absolutely incredible and intimate.

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