Melissa Errico

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Melissa Errico
Born Melissa Errico
(1970-03-23) March 23, 1970 (age 45)
New York, New York
Occupation Actress
Recording Artist
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Patrick McEnroe (19th December 1998 – present)
Children Victoria Penny McEnroe (b. 21st April 2006)
Diana Katherine McEnroe and Juliette Beatrice McEnroe (b. 19th November 2008)

Melissa Errico is an American actress, singer, recording artist and writer. She is best known as Eliza Doolittle from the Broadway revival of "My Fair Lady," and as an interpreter of the work of Stephen Sondheim, Kurt Weill and Michel Legrand. She is a concert performer with symphonies, and has released three solo studio albums to date. Errico played Alex, a leading role, on the Darren Star/CBS television series "Central Park West," and the recurring role of Catherine Christiansen on Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" (Cinemax).

Early life[edit]

Melissa Errico was born in New York Hospital and lived in New York City for five years while her New Jersey-raised father completed medical residency and her Brooklyn-native mother was a schoolteacher in Harlem. Both of first-generation Italian descent, her parents relocated the family to Manhasset, Long Island where her father established a medical practice in Orthopedics.[1] Starting her professional career at the age of 12, Melissa appeared on national television in the Sunbow Entertainment production, syndicated children's TV series "The Great Space Coaster" (created by Kermit Love (original Muppet designer for Jim Henson) and Jim Martin.[2] Errico's maternal grandmother was an operatic, lyric soprano and her grandmother's sister was a Ziegfeld Follies girl.[3][4]


Errico is a graduate of Yale University. During her freshman year, Errico was asked to audition for the role of Cosette [5][6] and was cast. Errico toured for over a year in the First National Company of "Les Misérables," then returned and graduated from Yale University with an honors degree [5] in Art History & Philosophy.[7] While a student in New Haven, Errico played Irina in "The Three Sisters" with Edward Norton.[8] She was accepted into the Yale Graduate School of Drama but dropped out to star in "Anna Karenina" as Princess Kitty on Broadway at The Circle In The Square.


Errico played Cosette in "Les Miserables" (National Tour) and Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady" on Broadway. Other Broadway starring roles include "High Society," "Anna Karenina," "Dracula, The Musical," "Amour," and "Irving Berlin's White Christmas." She has six Drama Desk Award nominations including Best Actress in a Play for "Candida" and is the recipient of a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Michel Legrand's "Amour"), four Outer Critics Circle Awards, five Drama League Honors, two Helen Hayes nominations and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in "One Touch of Venus." She is the first, and only, recipient in the history of The Lortel Awards to be recognized as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical and is the only performer in the over-twenty-year history of The City Center Encores! series to win an award for their work.

Role Production Location Year
Cosette Les Misérables USA 1988
Princess Kitty Scherbatssky Anna Karenina Broadway 1992
Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady Broadway 1993
Princess Maria Call Me Madam City Center Encores! New York 1995
Venus One Touch Of Venus City Center Encores! New York 1996
Gwendolen Fairfax The Importance Of Being Earnest Off - Broadway 1996
Betty Comden Make Someone Happy New York 1997
Tracy Lord High Society Broadway 1998
Barbara Major Barbara Off - Broadway 1998
Anna Karenina Anna Karenina Off - Broadway 2000
Anne Boleyn & Princess Elizabeth Rex Off - Broadway 2000
Isabelle Amour Broadway 2002
Dot/Marie Sunday In The Park With George Washington 2002
Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady Hollywood Bowl 2003
Polly Peachum The Threepenny Opera Williamstown Theater Festival 2003
Mother Aunt Dan and Lemon Off - Broadway 2003
Mina Dracula - The Musical Broadway 2004
Sharon McLonergan Finian's Rainbow Off - Broadway 2004
Venus One Touch Of Venus Fully staged concert, Avery Fisher Hall, New York 2004
Guinevere Camelot Fully staged concert, Hollywood Bowl 2005
Sharon McLonergan Finian's Rainbow Westport Country Playhouse 2005
Maria Rainer The Sound Of Music Fully staged concert, Hollywood Bowl 2006
Kate Alive In The World New York 2007
Betty Haynes White Christmas Broadway 2009
Candida Candida Off - Broadway 2010
Fiona Brigadoon Fully staged concert, Broadway 2010
Helen The Gift Of The Gorgon New York 2011
Guinevere Camelot Fully staged concert, Broadway 2011
Nancy Oliver! Fully staged concert, Broadway 2012
Clara Passion Off - Broadway 2013
Annie Savoy Bull Durham - The Musical Atlanta 2014
Maria Cosway More Between Heaven And Earth Off - Broadway 2014 and 2015

Notable Roles[edit]

  • Eliza Doolittle: previewing from 26 November 1993, opening 9th December, running until May 1, 1994, Errico appeared as Eliza opposite Richard Chamberlain and Julian Holloway (who recreated his father's role as Alfred P. Doolittle) at the Virginia Theater on Broadway. In 2003, Errico returned to Eliza Doolittle, with John Lithgow and Roger Daltrey for a production of "My Fair Lady" at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
  • Venus: From 28 – 30 March 1996, Errico made an appearance at The City Center Encores! Directed by Leonard Foglia (Master Class), she played the titular role in Kurt Weill's "One Touch of Venus." Errico was named Outstanding Actress in a Musical (1996 Lucille Lortel Award). The first-ever complete recording of the score, starring Errico, was released 13 May 2014 on Jay Records. On October 7, 2013, Errico sang the role in a filmed concert at Symphony Space with Le Train Bleu Orchestra conducted by James Holmes.
  • Dot/Marie: The production ran at the Eisenhower Theater, 31 May – 28 June and Errico's work was recognized with a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Leading Actress in a Musical.
  • Candida – Directed by Tony Walton, Errico took on the title role in the Irish Repertory Theater's revival of George Bernard Shaw's play. The production ran 24 February – 25 April in 2010. Errico achieved a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work.
  • Annie Savoy – Errico played the role of Annie in the world premiere of the new musical, "Bull Durham" which played 3 September – 5 October 2014 at the Alliance theater in Atlanta, Georgia.


Errico was a series regular on "Central Park West" and has made guest appearances in "Blue Bloods" and "The Good Wife". Current work includes:"The Knick" and "Billions".

Show Role Year
Billions June 2015
The Knick Catherine Christiansen 2014
The Good Wife Ingrid Ballantine 2013
Blue Bloods Rivka Morganthal 2013
Martha Stewart Living Herself 2012
A Gifted Man Julie Tucker 2011
Good Morning America as Betty Haynes 2009
Six Degrees Sarah 2006
Sci-fi Investigates Herself 2006
M.O.N.Y (pilot) Mrs Capanelli 2006
Miss Match Laurel 2003
Law and Order Lindsay Tucker 2003
57th Annual Tony Awards Herself 2003
Short talks on the Universe - benefit performance Herself 2002
The Rosie O'Donnell Show Herself 2002
Ed Liz Stevens 2001
Neurotic Tendencies 2001
Norm Kim Cattino 2001
The Fighting Fitzgerald's (pilot) 2001
Smog (pilot) 1999
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as Tracy Lord 1998
Kennedy Center's 25th Anniversary Herself 1996
Central Park West Alex Bartoli Fairchild 1995 - 1996
The Cosby Mysteries Tricia Scott 1995
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as Eliza Doolittle 1993
As The World Turns Rebecca 1987
The Great Space Coaster 1982

Errico has appeared in pilots for new shows:


Film Role Year
Broadway - The Next Generation Herself 2016
Max Rose Voice 2013
Patrimony Caroline 2011
Loverboy Miss Silken 2005
Life Or Something Like It Andrea 2002
Mockingbird Don't Sing Sandra Tannen 2001
Frequency Samantha Thomas 2000
Picture This Eve Weidegger 1999
Bury The Evidence The wife 1998
Loose Women Gail 1997

Errico recorded the theme song for the movie, Max Rose in 2013 which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The soundtrack features an original score by Michel Legrand and Errico sang the main title track, "Hurry Home".

Recording career[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • Blue Like That (Manhattan Records/EMI) produced by Arif Mardin - released 25 February 2003.
  • Lullabies & Wildflowers (Velour/Universal Records, later Ghostlight Records) produced by Rob Mathes - released 29 April 2008.
  • Legrand Affair (Ghostlight Records) produced by Phil Ramone - released 18 October 2011.
  • More Lullabies & Wildflowers (Ghostlight Records) - released 23 June 2015.

Cast albums[edit]

  • "Call Me Madam" – Encores Cast (1995).
  • "High Society" – Original Broadway Cast (1998).
  • "Amour" – Original Broadway Cast (2003).
  • "Finian's Rainbow" – Irish Repertory Theater Cast Recording (2004).
  • "Sadie Thompson" - World premiere recording (2005).
  • "Anna Karenina" – The Broadway Musical (2007).
  • "One Touch of Venus" – first complete recording (2014).

Miscellaneous recordings[edit]

  • "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" – "The Musicality of Lerner & Loewe".
  • "The Mockingbird Song" – "Mockingbird Don't Sing" soundtrack.
  • "Blue Skies/It's a Lovely Day Today" (duet with Malcolm Gets) – "The Journey Home".
  • "In Love In Vain" from "Jerome Kern: Life Upon The Wicked S.T.A.G.E.
  • "There's a Small Hotel" & "People Will Say We're In Love" (duet with Patrick Quinn) – "Wall to Wall Richard Rodgers".
  • "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" from "Weihnachten with Jose Van Dam".
  • "Maybe Someone Dreamed Us" from "Legrand Affair" appears on the "Michel Legrand Anthology".
  • "Otherwise" by Jane Kenyon – "Poetic License" – 100 poems/100 performers, part 3 (available on ITunes).
  • "Hurry Home" – "Max Rose" Original Film Soundtrack.

Errico's recording of a song from David Shire's new musical "Table" was aired in April 2015 on NPR radio on The Jonathan Schwartz show for WYNC.[14]


Her appearances include shows at 54 Below, Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, The Oak Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Café Carlyle. She reprised her performance as Venus at City Center Encores! Broadway Bash! [15] in November 2001. Errico made her London debut in May 2008 singing in "Jerry Herman's Broadway" [16] at the London Palladium. She's taken part in three Symphony Space Wall to Wall events to commemorate Stephen Sondheim, Kurt Weill & Richard Rodgers in NYC. In November 2015, she will debut her new, one woman show at Joe's Pub, New York which she will co-write with Adam Gopnik.[17]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Year Award Category Production Nomination or Win
2013 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Passion Nominated
2010 Drama Desk Award Best Actress in a Play Candida Nominated
2004 Drama Desk Award Best Actress in a Musical Finian's Rainbow Nominated
2004 Drama League Honoree Finian's Rainbow Won
2003 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical Amour Nominated
2003 Outer Critics Circle Award Best Actress in a Musical Amour Nominated
2002 Helen Hayes Award Best Actress Sunday In The Park With George Nominated
1998 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical High Society Nominated
1998 Outer Critics Circle Award Best Actress in a Musical High Society Nominated
1998 New York Drama League Honoree High Society & Major Barbara Won
1997 Bay Area Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical High Society Won
1997 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play The Importance of Being Earnest Nominated
1996 Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical One Touch of Venus Won
1994 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical My Fair Lady Nominated
1993 Helen Hayes Award Best Actress in a Musical My Fair Lady Nominated

Errico is an honorary member of the Noël Coward Society following her headlining the Society's awards in 2011.

Personal life[edit]

She has 2 siblings – Mike Errico and Melanie Errico. She met her husband, former tennis professional and ESPN sports commentator Patrick McEnroe when they were in grade school together.[10] They married 19 December 1998 at the Holy Trinity Church on W. 82nd Street.[18] The couple have three daughters.


Errico has written lyrics – "Gentle Child" appears on her 2008 solo recording, "Lullabies and Wildflowers" and authored "Musings" – which details the chronology of her album Legrand Affair. She was principal speaker at the Annual Broadway Blessing in 2013.[19][20]


Errico founded the original Bowery Babes in 2005 and maintains her seat on the Board of Directors for this New York based non-profit 501-c3 organization. Errico sang on June 1, 2015 at Merkin Concert Hall in support of The Ali Forney Center, the nation's largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth.[21]


  1. ^ Peter Marks (1997-09-07). "From Star-Struck to Star, a Trouper Steps Up". Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  2. ^ Julie K.L. Dam. "Oh, You Kids - Couples, Melissa Errico". Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  3. ^ Klein, Alvin (November 23, 1997). "'Workshop Queen' Now Riding a Wave". The New York TImes. Retrieved May 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ Clavin, Tom (July 27, 2010). "Michael and Melissa Errico team up for a benefit for Pianofest at Southampton Museum". Retrieved May 29, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Melissa Errico Remembers Where She Came From". Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  6. ^ Pat Cerasaro. "Exclusive InDepth InterView: Melissa Errico & LEGRAND AFFAIR; DRACULA To SUNDAY IN THE PARK... & More". Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  7. ^ Lee, Linda (2002-07-14). "A NIGHT OUT WITH - Melissa Errico and Patrick McEnroe - Lucky in Love". Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  8. ^ "Tony Nominee Melissa Errico Joins Cast of Showtime's Wall Street Drama BILLIONS". 2015-05-22. Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  9. ^ "Smog (1999)". Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  10. ^ a b Spencer Rumsey (2013-01-01). "Melissa Errico Hits All The Notes | Long Island News from". Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  11. ^ "Melissa Errico Cast in Spike Lee NBC Pilot 'MONY' (NY Metro Parents Magazine)". Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  12. ^ Meredith Bryan. "My Fair Mommy". Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  13. ^ "The Fighting Fitzgeralds Show Trivia". Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  14. ^ "Jonathan's Weekend Playlists". Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  15. ^ Brantley, Ben (2001-11-20). "THEATER REVIEW - They Happen to Like Singing to Beat the Band". Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  16. ^ "You write the reviews: Jerry Herman's Broadway, Palladium, London - Reviews - Theatre & Dance". 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  17. ^ Hayley Levitt (2015-05-06). "Melissa Errico Releases Two Cut Tracks From Her Album Lullabies & Wildflowers - Theater News - May 6, 2015". Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  18. ^ "WEDDINGS - Melissa Errico, Patrick McEnroe". 1998-12-20. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  19. ^ Yarger, Lauren (2013-09-10). "Reflections in the Light: Gathering for the Broadway Blessing". Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  20. ^ "The Blessings of the Broadway Blessing". 2013-09-06. Retrieved 2015-05-30. 
  21. ^ "Michael Feinstein, Molly Pope & More Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS LINEUP". Retrieved 2015-05-30. 

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