The Day After That is a song from the Kander & Ebb musical Kiss of the Spiderwoman. In 1993, Broadway and film legend Liza Minnelli recorded the song and donated the proceeds to AIDS research. The single featured three versions of the song in English, Spanish, and French.
That same year she performed the song for thousands of fans in Central Park at the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. In January 1994, she performed it live on The Tonight Show. The song is considered by many to be the definitive anthem for HIV/AIDS from the 1990s era.
The CD included a reproduction of a handwritten note from Liza (above right) that read:
This song is about the war against dispair.
This song is about the devastating plague
we’re going through.
This song is about… hope.
I believe this song is our call to arms.
Liza persuaded a host of stars, muscians and performers to work on the project. It was produced by Phil Ramone, Billy Stritch, Don Sebesky and Liza. The Spanish language version was translated by Gloria Estefan.
The late photographer and make up artist Kevyn Aucoin photographed Liza for the cover. Art direction is credited to Mark Burdett. Aucion worked with Cher, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Courtney Love and hundreds of other artists before his death in 2002.