Lorna’s the leading lady of ‘Movies 
& Musicals’

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Edinburgh’s Usher Hall will be rolling out the red carpet on Saturday night when stars of stage and screen fill the air with the sound of music.

And the songs they’ll be performing are just as famous, with the evening’s repertoire featuring showstoppers from the West End and Broadway and blockbusters from hit films.

The occasion is ‘Movies & Musicals’, which has won rave reviews every time it has arrived in Edinburgh.

This time should be no different as leading a pack of well known names is a woman who has performing in her genes, being the daughter of icon Judy Garland.

Lorna Luft – main pic, and inset, with sister Liza Minnelli – is travelling from America to take centre stage in the revue, which will also see turns by X Factor winner Joe McElderry, star of ‘Wicked’ and ‘We Will Rock You’ Kerry Ellis and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winner Jai McDowell.

And as well as looking forward to the show itself, Lorna can’t wait to visit Edinburgh, labelling it one of her favourite cities in the world.

“I’ve spent a lot of time in Edinburgh over the years,” she told ‘WOW’ when I caught up with her via a phone call to her home in Palm Springs.

“I was in ‘White Christmas’ a few years ago and I remember walking down Prince’s Street with my daughter and she remarked it was like being in a fairytale.

“I have lots of friends I can’t wait to catch up with.

“When I got the invitation to take part in ‘Movies & Musicals’ it was a very easy yes.

“My husband is half Scottish, so I’ve got a great love for the country and Scottish audiences are amazing.”

Lorna wouldn’t give too much away as to what she’ll be singing in her Edinburgh set.

“If I tell people everything I’ll be performing they’ll not come,” she joked.

“I will say I’m singing ‘The ManThat Got Away’, which of course my mother made famous in ‘A Star Is Born’. Songs like that are the diamonds of the Great American Songbook.

“To get the opportunity to perform it is fantastic.

“It’s a song where the lyrics speak for themselves so I don’t try and put my own spin on it .”

As well as starring in the likes of ‘Gypsy’, ‘Folies’ and ‘Gus & Dolls’ and releasing numerous albums, including the acclaimed ‘Songs My Mother Taught Me’, back in 1982 Lorna starred in ‘Grease 2’.

The sequel to the musical phenomenon wasn’t as revered as its predecessor, but Lorna said its cult-like status means that there are still many people who want to talk to her about it.

“We had the time of our lives making that film,” she enthused. “We had some great camaraderie between us and I made some friends for life.

“I was with director Patricia Birch just last month and said to her ‘can you believe what the movie has become?’

“I was out at a restaurant not so long ago and the waitress came up to me and asked if she could say something.

“I thought I had forgotten to tip her, but she began to quote ‘Grease 2’– it was such a funny moment.”

Offering a refreshing take to an industry where people struggle to cope with the pressures of expectation and being the next big thing, Lorna said: “Life is a rollercoaster – take a ticket and enjoy the ride.”

z There are a few tickets remaining for Saturday’s show which starts at 7.30pm.