Million, which is subtitled A Salute to the Incomparable Hildegarde, pays homage to the late singer who died, age 99, in July 2005. Marcovicci will perform her latest show April 19-22 at 9 PM. Born Hildegarde Loretta Sell in Adell and later raised in Holstein, Wisconsin, the performer's first desire was to become a concert pianist, but circumstances prevented her from finishing her work at the School of Music at Marquette University. Hildegarde eventually found work on the vaudeville circuit, where she was discovered by Gus Edwards. After touring the country in a travelling show, Hildegarde played Paris, London, Cannes and Brussels, but it was in New York where she became the toast of the cabaret world. During the 1930's and 40's she was often booked into clubs 45 weeks a year, and her recordings sold in the hundreds of thousands. Hildegarde even graced the cover of Life Magazine in 1939. She also appeared in television specials and toured with the national company of Stephen Sondheim's Follies. We may now have Cher and Madonna, but Hildegarde was the first entertainer to become known by a single name. The performer accompanied herself on piano and often poked fun at herself between songs.
Andrea Marcovicci starred on Broadway in the short-lived musical Ambassador and in Frank D. Gilroy's Any Given Day. Her screen credits include roles in "The Front," "Someone to Love," "Jack the Bear," "Who Is Henry Jaglom?," "The Water Engine" and "Trapper John, M.D." It has been the cabaret stage, however, where she has received the most acclaim. The singer-actress has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and in concert halls throughout the world. Her solo albums are numerous and include "Marcovicci Loves Movies," "What Is Love?," "Just Kern," "December Songs," "New Words," "Live from London" and "Some Other Time."
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