What better way to celebrate Liza Minnelli’s birthday on 12 March, than to bring a Liza Minnelli Tribute show to the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban.
Tonya Koenderman is back in town with her one-woman hit show
Liza with a “T”
It is a tribute to the great Liza Minnelli and has been performed to sell-out houses and critical acclaim in Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, Durban, Cape Town, Namibia, Bloemfontein and Johannesburg.
The show tells the story of Liza’s life – her close relationship with her father, her struggle to conquer drug and alcohol abuse, her many relationships, and of the influence her mother Judy Garland had over her. But mainly the show pays tribute to the songs Liza made famous: “Cabaret”, “Mein Herr”, “Maybe this Time”, “Money Money”, “New York, New York”, and many more.
Hours of careful study of Liza Minnelli’s moves and music resulted in a show that has brought great success for Tonya. Her impersonation has been so impressive that she was invited to star in the look-alike, sound-alike show “Stars in Your Eyes” in 1996. This was such a success that she became the only local artist to perform in the international show “Beyond Belief” which ran for 18 months at the Sun City Extravaganza.
Other cabarets to Tonya’s credit are “The Doo Wah Girls” directed by Kevin Feather’ as well as “We 3” with Gordon Mulholland and Paul Andrews. Her one-woman shows include “Age of Aquarius”, “Divas to a T”, “Tonya Unwrapped”, and “Makin’ Whoopee”.
Tonya has worked at Caesar’s Casino as the guest artist in the dance extravaganza “Dazzle” directed by Bryan Bester, and “Celebrate” directed by Billy Hogg and Amber Baty. She most recently teamed up with fellow performer Anne-Marie Clulow for the show, “All of Woman” and “Shake Your Bootie”.
Tonya has done extensive corporate entertainment for companies such as Standard Bank, Nedbank, VW, Gillette, Appletiser, Coca Cola, SA Breweries, and Investec, to name but a few. She has worked extensively overseas, to places as far afield as Australia, Seychelles and Morocco.