Just one week into her triumphant return to the Great White Way, Liza Minnelli has been ordered to sit out tonight's performance of her Liza's At The Palace...! due to dehydration.
According to an official statement:
Fortunately for Liza fans, when one closet door closes, another opens. Shortly after this announcement was made, Playbill confirmed that Minnelli is adding another week of performances on to her already extended Broadway show. Liza's At The Palace...! will now run through January 4, 2009.
Due to health reasons and doctor’s orders, Liza Minnelli will not perform Liza’s At The Palace...! this evening. Co-producer John Scher stated, “This past opening week has been a marathon run for Liza -- which unfortunately has led her to dehydration and her doctor has insisted she get some extra rest. Liza will return for the show’s next scheduled performance on Friday, Dec 12th (8PM).”
Ticket-holders can exchange their tickets for any future scheduled performance.
While I have yet to post my own SOB Review, I was in the audience Saturday evening and can tell you that I have never seen a performer give her all like this legendary icon has. She's already stated that she's lost over 30 pounds since beginning work on the show, and given the amount that I saw her sweat (exceedingly profusely) from my third row seat, I can tell you that I'm not surprised in the least that she's a wee bit dehydrated.
Here's wishing Ms. Minnelli a healthy and speedy recovery.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).