Examiner.com Previews Bonsoir Liliane!

Seattle’s Teatro ZinZanni presents debut of Tommy Tune’s ‘Bonsoir Liliane!’

by Sue Frause, Seattle Traveler Examiner Writer

If you’re a Teatro ZinZanni fan, there’s even more reason to smile and cheer. The Seattle-based “theater in a spiegeltent” is bringing a new show to town. Bonsoir Liliane! is making its debut on September 1, 2011 and runs through January 2012. Directed by Broadway legend and nine-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune, the new show stars French dancer and Tony Award winning star Liliane Montevecchi. The show is a reunion for the director and dancer, as they collaborated in the hit Broadway show Nine (they both won Tony Awards) and Grand Hotel.

Taking the audience on a journey through Liliane’s memories and fantasies in Moscow, Paris and beyond is Kevin Kent as the comic conductor of the Red Swan Express. The Seattle spiegeltent will be transformed to showcase new dance numbers featuring former Pacific Northwest Ballet member Ariana Lallone, along with dancer Tobias Larsson. Also appearing in the show are contortionist Vita Radionova and acrobats Les Petis Frefres. Music by the trio Diva and the Dixies will recreate the most memorable chapters of Liliane’s life and career.

Parisian born Liliane Montevechi, who turns 79 on October 13, 2011, has appeared in Teatro ZinZanni’s productions as Madame ZinZanni. Her four-decade career started as a prima ballerina as an 18-year-old in Paris with the Roland Petit Ballets. For seven years, she was an MGM contract player, appearing in movies opposite Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando and Fred Astaire. More recently, she could be seen in the films Wall Street and How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. Montevecchi has performed in one-woman cabaret shows in numerous New York City clubs, and also at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She toured internationally with her semi-autobiographical shows, On the Boulevard  (which resulted in a 1998 album of the same name) and Back on the Boulevards. Boinsoir Liliane! is being billed as her “final bow”.

See the full article on the examiner.com website.

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