A Liberace and Liza Christmas

December 21- December 30, 2017 

CoHo Productions In Association with In Sequins Productions presents…

liberaceliza_digartA Liberace and Liza Christmas

Featuring David Saffert and Jillian Snow Harris

Thursday 12/21 – Friday 12/22 at  7:30pm
Saturday 12/23 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Wednesday 12/27 – Saturday 12/30 at 7:30pm

Photo credit: Gary Norman

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

This holiday season, gather around the piano and raise a cup of holiday cheer with two of the biggest personalities in show business – Liberace and Liza Minnelli! In a dazzling display of sequins and song, Liberace (David Saffert) and Liza (Jillian Snow Harris) invite you to share in the gaudy gifts of virtuosic piano medleys, holly jolly song sing-a-longs, and an ever-rotating cast of popular Portland personalities. Harkening back to the days of classic variety shows and televised Christmas specials, this heartwarming homage is sure to put the whole family in the holiday spirit.

Like Liberace, David Saffert is a classically-trained pianist from Wisconsin with a passion for both music and entertainment. From elaborate costumes to painstakingly researched piano transcriptions, Saffert’s mission is to give audiences an authentic Liberace experience. After seeing Saffert’s portrayal, Liberace’s own musical director Bo Ayars (now a resident of St. Johns) joined forces with Saffert to elevate the act to a whole new level, providing insight into the real Mr. Showmanship’s piano-playing, speech, and mannerisms. Ayars and Saffert have begun to perform together, delighting audiences who were lucky enough to see the real Liberace perform, and providing an honest tribute for those who never had the chance. Most recently, he appeared as the featured guest on two Under the Vegas Sun television episodes which were filmed at the Liberace Mansion in Las Vegas. When not portraying Liberace, Saffert plays for the Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Tony Starlight’s Showroom.

For more information, visit his website at saffertinsequins.com

Jillian Snow Harris has thrilled audiences across the country with her spot-on impersonation of Liza Minnelli. After graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, the singer/actor/comedienne portrayed Liza in comedy clubs throughout New York before bringing her big voice home to Portland, OR, where she was featured in the US Premiere of Liza, Liza, Liza at triangle! Productions. Now a regular performer at Tony Starlight’s Showroom, Harris delights audiences with a diverse repertoire of famous female voices, including Bernadette Peters, Eartha Kitt, and Judy Garland. While her sharp comic timing and exaggerated Liza quirks will have audiences doubled over in laughter, it’s when she starts belting out songs that it quickly becomes clear that her talent is no joke.

Press Reviews:

“It’s obvious from the get-go that Saffert and Snow Harris have worked hard to create a loving homage to these characters, and crafted a fine line that teeters between well-done and camp.”  – Oregon Arts Watch
 
“Gives off the sparks of a well-programmed Vegas act” – Oregon Arts Watch
“Harris’s comic timing and banter are spot-on” –Duluth News Tribune
“I don’t know if I’ve ever heard Liberace played like that other than the last time I heard Liberace play like that.”  – Steve Schorr; Host & producer of VegasLifeTV’s Under the Vegas Sun

“Mr. Showmanship reborn – a sparkly spectacle of a show indeed” – Duluth News Tribune

“Oh, does he ever give off reminders of one of the world’s greatest showmen” – Portland Tribune

“[A] bedazzled tribute to one of the greatest performers of all time” – Portland Mercury