Johnny Rodgers joined Liza Minnelli for his Broadway debut in her special Holiday engagement at the Palace Theatre. Liza’s At The Palace ran from December 3 and was extended twice to the January 4, 2009 final performance.
The Minnelli songfest included many of her personal favorites and signature hits, followed by a dance-filled tribute to the groundbreaking late-1940s nightclub act of Minnelli’s godmother, Kay Thompson. Johnny joined the “Williams Brothers” quartet as lead singer/dancer from Thompson’s act including such numbers as “I Love a Violin,” “Clap Yo’ Hands,” “Jubilee Time” and “Hello Hello”—set to brand-new staging and choreography by Mr. Ron Lewis. Cortez Alexander, Tiger Martinez and Jim Caruso completed the quartet with Rodgers.
Johnny also co-wrote a lush ballad titled I Would Never Leave You that Liza sang as the second number in the production – and has since performed as her new favorite song on many television appearances promoting the release of the CD of the Palace performance.
Johnny continues to tour with Liza around the globe as piano man and featured guest artist and is happy to find time to create more music with his Johnny Rodgers Band.