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Martin Preston - Biography

Martin Preston

Martin Preston is an actor and musician who has devoted the past eighteen years to re-creating the music and glamour of the late, great Liberace. A native of Indianapolis, Martin was bitten by the show business bug at the age of six, when he began classical piano training. While growing up, he discovered a flair not only for music, but also for acting, comedy, and wearing unusual costumes!

After graduating with honors from Oakland City University, Martin began his performing career in earnest, appearing on stages throughout the United States and Canada both as an actor and a concert pianist. Always a Liberace fan, his piano style was frequently compared to that of the flamboyant showman (yes, all of the show's piano playing is LIVE), and in 1988, work began on a tribute to the great entertainer. What was to have been a twenty minute act quickly grew into a two-hour extravaganza that has generated critical and popular acclaim throughout the world!

Martin Preston debuted as Liberace at Jan McArt's Royal Palm Theatre in Boca Raton, Florida in 1990, running for a record-breaking 32 weeks. Since then, Martin has appeared as Liberace in Las Vegas and Atlantic city, in many of the North America's finest theatres and showrooms, and throughout the world on the Cunard, Holland America, and Princess Cruise Lines. In addition to performing at several gala celebrations at the famed Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, Preston is an honored recipient of the Grand Prize in the Liberace Piano Competition.

Recently, Mr. Preston was invited to star in the symphonic production Pops Goes Vegas! His performances as Liberace with the Indianapolis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, Detroit Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, and many others, are bringing the magic of Liberace to a whole new audience! But no matter where he is appearing, his greatest thrill is meeting the great showman's many fans, and being told "You ARE Liberace!"

The Liberace Foundation supports and applauds
Martin's performance and tribute to Liberace.

William Garon - Biography

William Garon

William Garon is a handsome young singer and actor who will delight you with showstopping Broadway songs and standards sung in the good old-fashioned way. Featured as the "Star of Tomorrow," William is no stranger to the stage, having performed to and from many exotic locations on top 5 star luxury liners, and having appeared in many of Broadway's best musicals, including a critically acclaimed revival of Milk and Honey in which he starred as "David." Among his favorite theatrical appearances are "Bobby" in A Chorus Line, "Marco, the Magnificent" in Carnival, and "Freddy Eynsford-Hill" in My Fair Lady. A graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Garon is a seasoned stage veteran, having logged over 4500 performances throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Far East. As a classically trained singer, William will charm you with a breathtaking tour of Broadway at its best, highlighted by the beautiful Song on the Sand, a delightful tour of Oklahoma! and a dazzling visit with the Phantom of the Opera.

The Liberace Story...

Wladziu Valentino Liberace was born in West Allis, Wisconsin on May 16, 1919, and went on to become one of the most beloved entertainers of the 20th century, renown for his unique style of music, outrageous costumes, and flamboyant showmanship.

His breakthrough came on TV, where he became television's first matinee idol with a syndicated show that was carried by more stations than "I Love Lucy." Over the years Liberace acquired an astounding array of awards and honors, including: Instrumentalist of the Year, Best Dressed Entertainer of the Year, two Emmy Awards, six gold albums, three Royal Command Performances, and two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's highest paid musician and its highest paid pianist. Best of all, he was known and loved throughout the world as "Mr. Showmanship," a legendary superstar who never failed to delight and amaze his audience.

In 1953, Liberace played to a capacity crowd at Carnegie Hall and in the same year made a record-breaking appearance before 16,000 at Madison Square Garden. He packed an over-capacity crowd of 20,000 into the Hollywood Bowl and did it again at Chicago's Soldier's Field with an audience of 110,000. In 1957, he opened at the Las Vegas Hilton as the highest paid entertainer in the city's history, and became a name synonymous with excitement, glitz, and glamour. In 1980, Las Vegas named him both Star of the Year and Entertainment Personality of the Year, and the Liberace Museum is still a top tourist attraction with unparalleled displays of his costumes, jewelry, cars, and pianos.

In the spring of 1984 Liberace's premier engagement at New York's famed Radio City Music Hall broke all sales and attendance records of its 51-year history. More than 80,000 people were on hand for what Liberace described as "the fulfillment of a dream and the culmination of my 40 years in show business." Incredibly, he topped that record with his return engagement the following year, AND shattered that record with his third and final appearance there in 1986. And to this day, Liberace holds the all-time attendance record for this landmark theatre!

Liberace transported his audiences to a dazzling world of brilliant color, joyful music, glittering costumes, and humor. One of his favorite songs was "The Impossible Dream," and because he had truly mastered the art of believing, he made his "Impossible Dream" come true.