Melissa Errico, Broadway Firecracker at Birdland - New York City Article
Melissa Errico, “Broadway Firecracker”
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Monday July 3, 7PM
You know Melissa Errico as one of the major musical theater leading ladies of our time - from Finian’s Rainbow, My Fair Lady, Passion, Do I Hear a Waltz?, and dozens of other classic shows (not to mention Dracula - The Musical). But what you may not be aware of is that she also delivers a brilliant, one-woman supper club show. Her recent all-Sondheim set at Feinstein’s 54 Below was remarkable for the way that she started with these infamously complex arias, written for specific characters and specific scenes, and transformed them into something incredibly intimate and personal. For her Birdland set, she’s promising not show tunes this time but Great American songbook classics from the interwar era, and there’s no doubt that she’ll make them seem like life lessons from her own story, imparted from friend to friend.
Author: Will Friedwald
Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.
SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)