Melissa Errico

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Melissa Errico
Born
Melissa Errico

(1970-03-23) March 23, 1970 (age 49)
New York City
EducationYale University (BA)
OccupationActress
Singer
Recording Artist
Writer
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Patrick McEnroe (19th December 1998 – present)
Websitehttp://www.melissaerrico.com/

Melissa Errico is an American actress, singer, recording artist and writer. She is known for her Broadway musical roles such as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Kurt Weill's One Touch of Venus.

Early life[edit]

Melissa Errico went to high school in Manhasset while taking dance lessons in Manhattan. Her father is an orthopedic surgeon and concert pianist and her mother is a former teacher who now works as a sculptor.[1] She began her professional career at 12, appearing on the syndicated children's TV series The Great Space Coaster.[2] Errico's maternal grandmother was an opera singer.[3][4]

Education[edit]

Errico is a graduate of Yale University. During her freshman year, Errico was asked to audition for the role of Cosette while trying out for a different show, and was cast.[5][6] Errico took a leave of absence from Yale and performed in a tour of Les Misérables before returning and graduating with an honors degree in art history and philosophy.[5][7] Errico is also a graduate of the BADA program at Oxford University.[8]

Notable theater roles[edit]

Errico played Cosette in Les Miserables on a national tour. She also played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady on Broadway, opposite Richard Chamberlain and Julian Holloway, at the Virginia Theater.[9] In 2002, Errico played the role of Dot/Marie in Sunday In The Park With George. The production ran at the Eisenhower Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. from May 31 to June 28, and Errico's work was recognized with a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Leading Actress in a Musical.[10][11] In 2003, Errico returned to Eliza Doolittle, alongside John Lithgow and Roger Daltrey, for a production of My Fair Lady at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.[12]. Other Broadway starring roles include High Society, Anna Karenina, Dracula, The Musical, Amour, and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. She is the recipient of a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Michel Legrand's Amour),[13] and a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in One Touch of Venus.[14] In 2016, she returned to the City Center stage for the Rodgers-Sondheim musical Do I Hear A Waltz?, for which she won rave reviews.[15] At age 46, Errico returned to the ingenue role Sharon in the 2016 production of Finian's Rainbow, an experience she chronicled in The New York Times.[16]

Television[edit]

Errico is best known for her portrayal of Alex Bartoli on Central Park West, and has played minor roles on Billions and The Knick.[17]

Film[edit]

Errico has had roles in a number of films, including Mockingbird Don't Sing, Frequency, and Life or Something Like It. In 2013, Errico recorded the theme song for the movie Max Rose. The soundtrack features an original score by Michel Legrand, and Errico sang the main title track, "Hurry Home".[18] In 2019, Errico curated a film festival for French Institute Alliance Française celebrating movies featuring the music of composer Michel Legrand.[19]

Recording career[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • Blue Like That (Manhattan Records/EMI) produced by Arif Mardin – released February 25, 2003
  • Lullabies & Wildflowers (Velour/Universal Records, later Ghostlight Records) produced by Rob Mathes – released April 29, 2008
  • Legrand Affair (Ghostlight Records) produced by Phil Ramone – released October 18, 2011
  • More Lullabies & Wildflowers (Ghostlight Records) – released June 23, 2015
  • What About Today? Melissa Errico – Live at 54 Below (Broadway Records) – released October 16, 2015
  • Sondheim Sublime (Ghostlight Records) – released November 2, 2018

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 José 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.[20]

Concerts[edit]

She reprised her performance as Venus at City Center Encores! Broadway Bash! in November 2001.[21] Errico made her London debut in May 2008 singing in Jerry Herman's Broadway at the London Palladium.[22] In November 2015, she debuted her new one-woman show at Joe's Pub, New York, co-written with close collaborator Adam Gopnik.[23] Errico has toured with conductor Marvin Hamlisch.[24] She appeared at the David Rubenstein Atrium, Lincoln Center, in a talk by Adam Gopnik about Judy Garland.[25]

Personal life[edit]

She has two 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.[26] They married 19 December 1998 at the Holy Trinity Church on W. 82nd Street.[27] She lives in New York with their three children.[28]

Writing[edit]

Errico was a principal speaker at the Annual Broadway Blessing in 2013.[29][30]

She has also penned several columns in The New York Times discussing returning to ingenue roles later in life[31], her experience as a headliner performer on a themed cruise[32], gender politics[33], and her time with composer Michel Legrand[34]. She also wrote an expanded memoir on her experiences with Legrand, which was published in French publication Le Règle du Jeu[35].

Philanthropy[edit]

Errico founded the Bowery Babes in 2005 and maintains her seat on the board of directors.[36] 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.[37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Marks (1997-09-07). "From Star-Struck to Star, a Trouper Steps Up". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  2. ^ Julie K.L. Dam. "Oh, You Kids – Couples, Melissa Errico". People.com. 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". 27East.com. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Melissa Errico Remembers Where She Came From". Antonnews.com. Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  6. ^ Pat Cerasaro. "Exclusive InDepth InterView: Melissa Errico & LEGRAND AFFAIR; DRACULA To SUNDAY IN THE PARK... & More". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  7. ^ Lee, Linda (2002-07-14). "A Night out with – Melissa Errico and Patrick McEnroe – Lucky in Love". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  8. ^ "Our Alumni – BADA". www.bada.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  9. ^ Richards, David. "Review/Theater: My Fair Lady; A Darker Side To the Fable Of a Flower Girl". Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  10. ^ "Kennedy Center's Sunday in the Park with George Previews May 31". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  11. ^ "2003 Helen Hayes Award Winners Announced | TheaterMania". Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  12. ^ "Complete Casting Announced for Bowl's My Fair Lady with Errico and Lithgow". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  13. ^ "2003 Tony Award Nominations Announced at Sardi's".
  14. ^ Previous [Winners] by Category, The Lucille Lortel Awards, accessed 7 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Review: Passion Pursued in 'Do I Hear a Waltz?'".
  16. ^ "I'm 46. Is That Too Old to Play the Ingénue?".
  17. ^ Horst, Carole (11 September 1995). "Central Park West".
  18. ^ "Exclusive: Watch the Official Video for Melissa Errico's New Michel Legrand Single". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  19. ^ "Melissa Errico to Curate Michel Legrand Film Festival". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  20. ^ "Jonathan's Weekend Playlists". Wnyc.com. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  21. ^ Brantley, Ben (2001-11-20). "Theater Review – They Happen to Like Singing to Beat the Band". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  22. ^ "You write the reviews: Jerry Herman's Broadway, Palladium, London – Reviews – Theatre & Dance". The Independent. 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  23. ^ Hayley Levitt (2015-05-06). "Melissa Errico Releases Two Cut Tracks From Her Album Lullabies & Wildflowers – Theater News". TheaterMania.com. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  24. ^ "NSO at Wolf Trap: Hamlisch Goes Gershwin – The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts". www.kennedy-center.org. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  25. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Melissa Errico Set for History of the Word in 100 Performances Spotlight on Judy Garland Tonight". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  26. ^ Spencer Rumsey (2013-01-01). "Melissa Errico Hits All The Notes". Longislandpress.com. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  27. ^ "Weddings – Melissa Errico, Patrick McEnroe". The New York Times. 1998-12-20. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  28. ^ "Melissa Errico, Patrick McEnroe savor Bronxville". LoHud]]. 2017-04-18.
  29. ^ Yarger, Lauren (2013-09-10). "Reflections in the Light: Gathering for the Broadway Blessing". Reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  30. ^ "The Blessings of the Broadway Blessing". Clydefitchreport.com. 2013-09-06. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  31. ^ "I'm 46. Is That Too Old to Play the Ingénue?".
  32. ^ "The Stage Door at Sea: A Broadway Star on Her First Fan Cruise".
  33. ^ "I Love Performing Those Songs. But What About the Gender Politics?".
  34. ^ "Swept Up in the Whirlwind Known as Michel Legrand".
  35. ^ "Extravagance et génie de Michel Legrand". laregledujeu.org. 2019-06-11.
  36. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  37. ^ "Michael Feinstein, Molly Pope & More Join Night of a Thousand Judys Lineup". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2015-05-30.

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