"David Saffert’s piano playing is brilliant, more so than any other Liberace tribute artist I’ve heard, period. His voice, without any unnatural affectation, sounds so much like Lee’s, that, when discussing the show with him, I truly feel as if I’m discussing the show with Lee. But most importantly, David captures the true spirit of Liberace and his show, the spirit I remember. He is the real deal."
- Bo Ayars; Liberace's Music Director 1973-1986
"Mr. Showmanship reborn" - Duluth News Tribune
"I don't know if I've ever heard Liberace played like that other than the last time I heard Liberace play like that." - Steve Schorr; Host & Producer of Under the Vegas Sun
DAVID SAFFERT, like Liberace, is a classically trained pianist from Wisconsin. His mission is to give audiences the ultimate Liberace experience. From elaborate costumes to painstakingly researched piano transcriptions, David hones in on Liberace's piano playing, speech, and mannerisms to deliver the most honest portrayal of "Mr. Showmanship."
With the help of Music Director Bo Ayars (Liberace's actual Music Director), David has been granted insight into one of entertainment's most beloved stars. As Liberace, David has performed at Tony Starlight's Showroom, Curious Comedy Theater, Portland Art Museum, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Coho Theater, 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. Most recently, he appeared as the featured guest on two Under the Vegas Sun television episodes which were filmed at the Liberace Mansion in Las Vegas.
"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, Bill Cosby, 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 Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, radio and TV commercials.
"I like Liza now!" - John Cameron Mitchell
"Harris's comic timing and Liza impression are spot on." - Duluth News Tribune
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, and Judy Garland.
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