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An ''Arthur'' reunion

Dudley Moore and Liza Minelli hit the road as a singing act

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Talk about summer camp. With the recent revival of cocktail music among irony-drenched teens, it was only a matter of time before everybody’s favorite soused millionaire ivory tickler hit the road. Kicking off a 12- to 14-date mini-tour July 3 in Holmdel, N.J., are the stars of 1981’s Arthur, Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli. The duo will reunite and raise a glass (or three or four) to commemorate the 15th anniversary of their swizzle-shtick comedy. ”It’s got the same appeal as Tony Bennett Unplugged,” boasts tour coordinator Ed Kasses. That remains to be seen, since tickets have yet to go on sale, but if such crooners as Mel Torme can still pitch woo to audiences, why not the Arthurian legends? ”They had a magic that still speaks to people,” says Kasses. ”And not just baby boomers.” The cabaret couple will be backed by a 55-piece orchestra and will perform separately — Minnelli singing from Gently, her new album, Moore doing jazz and classical standards peppered with boozy banter — then deliver a duet of Christopher Cross’ ”Arthur’s Theme.” But Kasses isn’t done planning: ”If we could get Cross to make an appearance, that would be amazing.”