Liza Bio Joan Rivers Bio
Musical Director - Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Choreographer - Randy Skinner
Liza Minnelli Impersonator and Tribute Artist Richard DeFonzo
At the age of eight Richard saw Cabaret for the first time and told his mother that he wanted to meet that lady, never imagining that he actually would one day be a Liza Minnelli female impersonator in New York City strutting his stuff as Liza some years later. He totally identifies with Liza Minnelli and when performing brings her electrifying stage personality to life when belting out such numbers as Cabaret, Some People and the show stopping New York, New York. When interpreting one of Liza's ballads, Richard possesses a sense of vulnerability that we have learned to identify with her legendary magnetic persona.
Richard got his start at West Chester University where he was a double major studying music and theatre. But at the same time he was longing to be in the hustle and bustle of New York and wanted to study with the best. He auditioned at the American Musical And Dramatic Academy. After he graduated he went on to study acting with Zina Jasper for eighteen years. At the same time he worked for many years in Musical Theatre, dramas, TV and Film. Twelve years ago Richard put on his first pair of eye lashes when he took the stage as
the Legendary Liza Minnelli. Not long after that he started asking people "Who you wearing?"
Since then he has performed to a standing ovation at the 13th Annual Reel Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. In May he's been invited to perform at a female impersonator review convention in Las Vegas. Also this May Richard will be performing his new female impersonator cabaret show Liza's Back! This Time In Her Own Act! at Mama Rose's Place in New York City.
He was featured on the VH1 special “Boys Will Be Girls" which played for many weeks. He also did a commercial for A&E when Liza's Biography aired. Richard entertained at Bette Midler's annual Halloween bash, he received great press in several of New York's major papers for his performance at David Gest's bachelor party, and played at The Tropicana Casino and Resort. This past holiday season Richard performed at Tavern On The Green. Additionally he has performed at various hot spots in New York such as Don't Tell Mamas where he did "The Dueling Diva's Show" with Devon Cass(as Cher),
"Liza's Back! With A Vengeance" and threw Liza a 60th Birthday party as well. He's also played such places as FEZ, Danny's Skylight Room, The Cutting Room, Therapy, The Triad, The Duplex, Lips, The Supper Club on Broadway, Barracuda, Splash, Webster Hall and Helens.
DeFonzo and his Liza eye lashes have recently performed to raves in London, Holland, and Brussels. Also in New York he had a run at The East Of Eighth restaurant, performed for Eloise at The Plaza Hotel and hosted The International Television Radio and Film Holiday Party at The Waldorf Astoria. Every summer Richard also entertains on Fire Island and the wonderful town of New Hope. He generously donates his time to AIDS benefits, which include Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Actors Fund and F.A.C.T. At any given time Richard can be called upon to entertain around the world, whether it's a private event or a celebration all audiences will be transcended into the art of illusion that he embodies as a Liza Minnelli female impersonator and Liza Minnelli tribute artist in NYC.
For additional booking information, including show formats, song list, costume variations and availability please contact 917-667-5782 or send him an email at email@example.com
Joan Rivers Impersonator and Tribute Artist Richard DeFonzo
Richard first discovered Joan River's when she sat in for Johnny Carson. He loved and connected with her sense of humor, so much that he persuaded his Mother to let him stay up past his bed time to see her when she was on. Not knowing that many years later he would be on the "red carpet" impersonating her. Richard recently did the red carpet for Marc Ecko's birthday party and hosted the Gala for the "Stop AIDS" benefit in Cincinnati Ohio as well as the Marriage Equality Oscar Party in NJ. Most recently he was seen working the red carpet in Atlantic City at Trump Taj Mahal. He most recently went "Anchors Away"when he hosted and entertained on the Carnival Legend. He also donates his time to many great causes like raising money for the homeless shelter and soup kitchen in the East Village. At any given time, Richard will bring a splash of fun and humor to any private or corporate event from Fire Island to LA he'll make you'll feel like a STAR at your next event.
Please contact Richard using following info : E- mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Richarddefonzo@hotmail.com VM 917-667-5782.
Musical Director - Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Jeffrey has enjoyed his professional life working in musical theater in a variety of areas. As musical director and conductor work includes Off-Broadway productions of On Second Avenue (2 Drama Desk nominations) and Tallulah’s Party with Tovah Feldshuh. Tours include Titanic, A Chorus Line (Europe/National), My One And Only, George M, Damn Yankees starring Jerry Lewis and Phantom of the Opera (Europe/South America). Jeffrey recently musical directed his 19th production at The Gateway Playhouse. He conceived and arranged Broadway Rhythm in Macao, China and The Magic Of Musicals in Athens, Greece. Jeffrey also directed the National tours of Camelot and Mame, and is the composer of the new musical, Tupperwise!, which is presently in development. He has taught at NYU and LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and numerous vocal seminars. Jeffrey is a voice teacher and vocal coach in Manhattan.
Choreographer - Randy Skinner
Randy Skinner is an award-winning director, choreographer and performer whose work has encompassed Broadway, National and International tours, and regional theatres. He received Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and Astaire nominations for his choreography for 42nd Street. He also choreographed the opening number for the 2001 Tony Awards television broadcast.
Other shows include State Fair (Outer Critics nomination), Ain't Broadway Grand (Tony, Outer Critics nominations), After the Night and the Music (MTC/Biltmore Theatre), Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Do Re Mi, Of Thee I Sing, Face the Music and No, No, Nanette (the last four at City Center Encores), Gotta Dance! (City Center), Happy Days (Los Angeles), Stormy Weather (with Leslie Uggams/Pasadena Playhouse), An American in Paris (Alley Theatre), Abby's Song (City Center), Puttin' on the Ritz (Kennedy Center), On the 5th (Takarazuka Revue Company, Japan), Lucky in the Rain, George M!, Babes in Arms (all three at Goodspeed Opera House), Hello, Dolly!, Strike Up the Band, Pal Joey, and Lone Star Love (Lucille Lortel nomination). He has received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, the Los Angeles Dramalogue Award, the Connecticut Critics Award, and the Cleveland Times Theatre Award.
Among Mr. Skinner's performances are roles in A Chorus Line, Gypsy, Dames at Sea, Hello, Dolly!, Pal Joey, Once More With Feeling, High Spirits, Walking Happy, and Babes in Arms, directed by the legendary Ginger Rogers. His "taps" can be heard on the recordings Lucky in the Rain, Sondheim at the Movies, 110 in the Shade, and Strike Up the Band.
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