Tony, Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Liza Minnelli will be the recipient of the 2012 Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards. The award will be presented on June 4 at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Astaire Award nominees will be announced on May 7.
Minnelli made her Broadway debut in Flora, the Red Menace and earned a Tony Award for her performance. She received an additional Tony for The Act, and a Tony Special Award in 1974. Additional Broadway credits include Liza, Chicago, The Rink, Victor/Victoria, Minnelli on Minnelli and Liza’s at the Palace, which won a Tony for Best Theatrical Event. Minnelli’s film and TV credits include Arrested Development and Cabaret, for which she won an Oscar for Best Leading Actress.
Established in 1982, the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards recognize outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway. The awards were established in cooperation with Fred Astaire, who starred in ten Broadway musicals along with his sister Adele between 1917 and 1931. During the ceremony, the Astaire Awards will pay tribute to the career and work of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, and feature performances of signature Fosse numbers.