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?
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?
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.