I am most intrigued by how they sneaked Liza on stage during the first number.
This made me remember something, though I have no idea why: In the early 1980s, Ken Russell had been signed to direct Evita. According to the New York Times, "Russell, not surprisingly, had a mind of his own and screen-tested Liza Minnelli - in a blond wig. When he insisted that he could not make the film without her, Mr. Stigwood finally fired him." What a masterpiece that would have been!
One of my favorite stories! The stuff of dreams...
My other half was in the Green Room of Plymouth Theatre Royal where he overheard the almighty Stephen Sondheim tell Michael Ball: "I refused to cast her mother, so I am sure as hell not gonna cast Liza!"... Jx