Friday, 28 January 2011 00:00
Noted Broadway actress, singer and Manhasset native Melissa Errico will visit Manhasset High School on Monday, Feb. 7. During her freshman year at Yale, Ms. Errico won the role of Cosette in the First National Touring Company of Les Miserables. She studied acting at Oxford and was cast as Kitty in the Broadway musical Anna Karenina at Circle in the Square. She has gone on to star on Broadway in My Fair Lady, High Society, Amour and Dracula, been in plays by Wilde, Shaw and Wally Shawn off-Broadway, and appeared in television and film.
On a more personal note Melissa has three daughters, ages 4, 2 and 2 and is married to tennis star Patrick McEnroe.
Ms. Errico will present a master class to Manhasset Music and Theatre students on Feb. 7, followed by a public performance in the high school auditorium at 3:30 p.m. The general public is invited. Her appearance at MHS has been sponsored by the SCA Speaker’s Bureau with special assistance from Broadway Producer Scott Delman, a Manhasset resident.
Melissa Errico is one of Broadway’s cherished leading ladies, as well as a blossoming recording artist who has been called “the voice of enchantment” (NY Times). She released her second studio CD Lullabies and Wildflowers on Mothers Day 2008. This follows her debut CD Blue Like That praised as “earthy and soulful” by USA Today. Melissa was nominated for the Best Leading Actress Tony Award for her work in Michel Legrand’s Amour, and has been recognized with the Lucille Lortel Award, six Drama Desk nominations, two Helen Hayes Awards, four Outer Critics Award nominations and three Drama League Honors. This past December, 2010, she received the “Artist of Distinction” Award from the Great Neck Arts Center, recognizing her as a Long Island native who has made her home town proud.
During last year’s Broadway season, Melissa starred on Broadway as Betty Haynes (the Rosemary Clooney role) in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, and then starred off-Broadway in the Shaw play Candida, for which she was nominated for a Best Actress 2010 Drama Desk Award.
When only a teenager, Melissa burst upon the Broadway scene as Cosette in Les Miserables, quickly followed by a star-turn as Kitty in Anna Karenina, and then, at age 22, to raves as Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway revival of My Fair Lady. Since then, she has starred in High Society, Amour and Dracula on Broadway, and acclaimed off-Broadway plays like Major Barbara and The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as in television and film, including CBS’s Central Park West and the movies Frequency and Life Or Something Like It, opposite Angelina Jolie. Melissa has also appeared in Washington DC several times at The Kennedy Center.
In recent years, she has solidified her reputation as a great interpreter of the classic musicals, as she turned a small New York production of Finian’s Rainbow into a runaway hit, and starring in quick succession in My Fair Lady, Camelot and The Sound of Music at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, conducted by John Mauceri, to sold-out audiences of 20,000 people per night. In 2010, Melissa starred in Brigadoon on Broadway for one-night only, and won raves. She will return to the Shubert Theater on June 6, starring in Camelot for one-night on Broadway this year.
Melissa performs solo with her own band regularly at Birdland Jazz Club, and, since working with her musical idol, Oscar-winner Michel Legrand on Broadway, Errico has appeared with Legrand at such jazz clubs as Vibrato in Los Angeles, and New York City’s Oak Room at the Algonquin, the Carlyle, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Joe’s Pub.
Her third upcoming solo album, Legrand Affair is a romantic symphonic album arranged/conducted by Michel Legrand, Errico has performed with The National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marvin Hamlisch at the Kennedy Center, the New World Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival, and numerous other symphonies. In 2008, Melissa made an acclaimed London concert debut with the Royal Philharmonic at the Palladium. And she has appeared as a soloist at Avery Fisher, Wolf Trap, City Center, The Allen Room, Town Hall and Disney Concert Hall.
For more, visit www.melissaerrico.com.