"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

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DAVID SAFFERT

as Liberace

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“Saffert has devoted serious time to developing piano skills that rival Liberace’s. He didn’t just impersonate the pianist, he really embodied his whole spirit." - San Francisco Chronicle

DAVID SAFFERT, like Liberace, is a classically trained pianist from Wisconsin.  He has been seen on stage in sketch comedy, improv, solo piano concerts, and in his very own music & comedy variety shows. David has worked as a pianist (sans sequins) with such organizations as the Guthrie Theater (MN), Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Opera, Oregon Symphony, and the Interlochen Arts Camp.

Some of David’s favorite Liberace tribute highlights have been at Feinstein’s at the Nikko (CA), Tony Starlight's Showroom (OR), Portland talk show Late Night Action w/ Alex Falcone, OPB's Think Out Loud, and on All Classical Portland radio's live broadcasts of Thursday's @ 3.  He appeared as the featured guest on two Under the Vegas Sun television episodes which were filmed at the Liberace Mansion in Las Vegas.

 JILLIAN SNOW HARRIS

as Liza Minnelli

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At the urging of the audience, Harris delivered one last performance — her version of Minnelli’s version of “Toxic.” The moment was a surreal yet oddly perfect number that somehow brought us all full circle” - San Fransisco Chronicle

JILLIAN SNOW HARRIS is a singer and actor who graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.  She has worked predominately in comedy, gracing the stages of Gotham Comedy Club, the Laugh Factory, and Comix NYC as a Liza Minnelli impersonator.  After seeing her perform, Michael Musto of the Village Voice said, "This could open up Minnelli to a whole new audience!"  Jillian temporarily hung up the Liza wig when she was offered the part of Janis Joplin in the Off-Broadway production of "27 Heaven." 

Soon after, her love for portraying those for whom she idolized became a fruitful and fulfilling venture.  Eventually, Jillian fled New York so she could get some sleep and found exile in Portland, Oregon.  She was recently featured in the U.S. premiers of Liza, Liza, Liza, Liberace & Liza Christmas!  A Tribute, and is currently a featured guest at Tony Starlight's Showroom portraying not only Liza, but also Bernadette Peters, Eartha Kitt, Marlene Dietrich, Patsy Cline, and Judy Garland.

BO AYARS

Maestro

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“As I'm writing this, I have a brand-new musical director (Bo Ayars) and I'm happy to say he's great. “He's 'today,' he's 'now' and I couldn't be happier.” - Liberace: An Autobiography

BO AYARS is a man who wears many hats and has literally performed, arranged and conducted himself around the world, appearing in concert halls in England, Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Australia, the Los Angeles Music Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C., the Metropolitan Opera House and Carnegie Hall in New York City. In the same capacity Bo has been Music Director in a variety of television productions featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Special, Sunday at the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Good Morning, America, Larry King, and the original Ed Sullivan show.

Bo has been active as the conductor, pianist, arranger and producer for many live concerts, recordings and television productions for such performers as Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Diahann Carroll, Liberace, Judy Collins, Bob Hope, Connie Stevens, Robert Goulet, Carol Lawrence, Debbie Reynolds, Jim Nabors, Sandy Duncan, Steve Allen, George Gobel, Raquel Welch, Bobby Vinton, as well as the Walt Disney Company, Radio City Music Halls Christmas Spectacular, radio and TV commercials.


 

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