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Melissa Errico

Melissa Errico

June 3, 2019

Monday 6/3

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Birdland Theater

New York, NY

$30 - $40

Melissa Errico
“Cry For Joy: Melissa Swings American Songs”

With a 5-piece band headed by Matt Baker, (including jazz trumpet rising star Benny Benack III), Melissa sings Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart & more!

The Permanent American Party
Written By Melissa Errico about this special BIRDLAND concert:

“So, last winter a friend asked me to sing at his birthday party: a big deal dress-up evening in a charming old fashioned hotel ballroom . He wanted a program of nothing except great American standards, fun fun fun, and maybe get people dancing. He rented a dance floor! I loved the idea, and arranged to fall into the hands (and horns!) of a new swing group that the stylish and charming Australian (now New Yorker!) pianist Matt Baker put together for me. It was the perfect moment for this adventure. I had just finished all the concerts that followed my “Sondheim Sublime” project and was definitely feeling the emotional demands of it, the detail, the depths, the Steve of it. Every time I sang Sondheim, something hit me deeply, like I was suddenly far off shore, seeing the bottom of certain seas where there are sometimes more emotion than even tears can contain. (And ecstasy of course, bliss, dreams.) But - and imagine my surprise once I started on a new path- for this party, I found myself tapping my toes, snapping along, swinging my hips & my hair & loving the feeling of these songs. Crying for joy!

We had a blast, the guests didn’t stop dancing... & at 1am that night, Matt & I vowed it couldn’t be goodbye. Let’s just do it again! And June 3rd, it is. Me & the boys will keep the party going, step back into that happy dress at Birdland. One night swinging. Looking at great theater songs that have been so long off the stage, and sung so often, they’ve become like folk songs.
I’ve been singing some of them (“Rain and Shine” “The Song Is You” since I started out, and others are out for a first spin (“Satin Doll”, “They Can’t Take That Away from Me”). Oh, I mustn’t forget “Lady Is a Tramp,” and the wind in my hair. I call it the music of the permanent American party, the music our parents snuggled with, the songs on the radio when they were little and their parents laughed and danced on a New Years Eve. (My parents met over “The Man I Love” and here I am.) Ok, some of you only know Michael Buble, but that’s okay too!
I cry sometimes when I’m singing-- but with this set, for joy, for joy. For summer coming, the summer of singing, a girl’s night, a boy band, and to saying, I’m here because of those songs, for those songs... I’d like to pass the party on!”

Melissa is best known for her starring roles on Broadway, but her career is characterized by diverse interests in many creative corners of show business. She has had a steady career in television, appeared in feature films, and performed in non-musical roles in Off-Broadway plays. She’s also explored music as both a recording artist and concert singer, releasing several music albums and working with the world’s best symphonies and jazz and cabaret spaces. More recently, she established herself as a writer, publishing essays in The New York Times and beyond. She starred in the Broadway musicals Anna Karenina, My Fair Lady, High Society, Dracula, White Christmas and Amour which won her a Tony nomination for “Best Actress” and began a longtime association with its composer Michel Legrand. Melissa was recently honored with a caricature at Sardi’s in celebration of her Broadway performances, her concerts, and her engaging essays on the actor’s art.

Her latest album Sondheim Sublime was released to critical acclaim, The Wall Street Journal calling it “The best all-Sondheim album ever recorded.” And throughout 2017, 2018 & in 2019, Melissa has performed successful runs of her solo Sondheim concerts, winning raves in New York and when she brought it to London’s Live at Zédel last year for her sold-out UK concert debut. She also brought her Sondheim program to The Ravinia Festival in 2018. Her recent Sondheim performances include playing The Baker’s Wife in three concert performances of Into the Woods with Tony-winner Alice Ripley in March, the run of “Wordplay” at Lyrics & Lyricists produced by Ted Chapin for 92Y in April, and she is featured on the forthcoming PBS Poetry in America portrait of Sondheim. Melissa just returned to London/Live at Zédel for another sold-out Sondheim concert run in May, and she will be doing Sondheim concerts at Guild Hall in The Hamptons on June 30 and in July in Provincetown, Cape Cod and Washington, DC.

In April, Melissa also co-starred in an unforgettable music tribute to the late Michel Legrand in Paris and will continue to sing more Legrand in 2019 including at a tribute concert in London in September. And this summer she is working with Michael Feinstein in various ways including with The Pasadena Pops & The Songbook Series at Lincoln Center.