Seth Sikes Talks Liza Minnelli, Celebrity Crush And Favorite Underwear

Seth Sikes, of whom NY Arts Review said, may well be one of the saviors of the Great American songbook, will return to FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW on Monday, May 2nd at 9:30PM and Wednesday, June 8th at 7:00PM in his critically acclaimed show Seth Sikes Sings Liza Minnelli, an evening of Minnelli’s most popular songs.

How did all this start for you?
It started for me as a little boy growing up in Paris, TX, obsessing over the VHS tapes I had of Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli. I sang their songs all the time alone in my bedroom, in my head, and now, finally, on stage.

Tell us about the new show?
March 12th, the day that I debuted the new show, was Liza’ s 70th Birthday. I had been performing her mother’ s songs for nearly two years, and the occasion of Liza’ s birthday seemed like exactly the time to debut a new show, celebrating the life and artistry of her daughter, my other favorite. So I dug into the vast catalogue and chose some of the iconic numbers as well as some little-known gems, and tried to fashion together a personal evening of homage. I’ m not sure anyone else besides Liza has ever sung many of these arrangements with a full band.

What makes Liza so special?
Nobody can command a stage like she can. She is also, frankly, very weird, in the best possible way. Her quirkiness is unique; there’ s no forgetting her, nor mistaking her. And then she also has this massive voice and an incredible dancing ability. And of course, what makes her special is that she is a survivor. She’ s still here, after having been through hell and back.

Who is your favorite singer?
Judy Garland.

What is the most surprising thing about yourself?
The amount of hours that I can sleep.

Are you dating?
Not really. It’ s not as easy to fall in love as it was when I was younger.

What is your type?
Smarter than I, cultured, kind, masculine, but with a pretty face.

Boxers or briefs?

What celebrity do you have a crush on?
Ryan Phillippe

Do you ever need to pee while you are onstage?
I worry about this all the time because I drink tons of water before going on! I don’t know what I would do, except for ask the band to vamp while I went off.