Liberace plays Boogie Woogie

Doesn’t he look like he’s having fun even though he’s probably done this act a thousand times? Audience interaction was always so important to Liberace.  According to Darden Asbury Pyron in his book, Liberace: An American Boy,

Unlike the concerts of classical pianists which normally ended with applause and a retreat off-stage, Liberace’s shows ended with the public invited on-stage to touch the maestro’s clothes, piano, jewelry, and hands. Kisses, handshakes, hugs, and caresses usually followed. A critic summed up his appeal near the end of Liberace’s life:  “Mr. Showmanship has another more potent, drawing power to his show: the warm and wonderful way he works his audience. Surprisingly enough, behind all the glitz glitter, the corny false modesty and the shy smile, Liberace exudes a love that is returned to him a thousand-fold.”

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