Tony Award nominee Melissa Errico will be the special performing guest of singer-pianist Michael Feinstein in Standard Time, a salute to the music of 42nd Street composer Harry Warren, March 21 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. The concert will represent Errico’s Carnegie Hall debut.
The concert will celebrate Warren’s song hits including “I Only Have Eyes for You” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” as originally performed in Hollywood films, by big bands, and vocalists including Doris Day, Judy Garland, Vera Lynn, and Peggy Lee.
“I was so thrilled when Michael asked me to be a special guest,” Errico told Playbill.com. “Everything about Michael interests me, and his knowledge and his stories—all circling the American Songbook and its history—inspire me to no end. I could listen to him for days and never sleep! And nobody makes me laugh like him.”
Errico said the concert is giving her the opportunity to rediscover some mid 20th century classics. “At first, I looked at the obvious hit songs by Harry Warren like ‘Atchison, Topeka...’, “Lullabye of Broadway,’ and many more. But the deeper I have been going into research, I find Harry Warren has dozens of fabulous hidden gems! I'm drawn to songs I’ve never heard, with complex emotions and stories. Songs I can really act. I have a little set list (I cannot share it) and it’s not the obvious fare. Plus, I'm enjoying listening to Doris Day and Judy Garland recordings. Who wouldn’t!?”
She added, “Most of all, I'm so honored to have this chance to research and learn. One of things I like most about being a singer is a chance to keep learning and trying new things. It’s harder as I get older, but it’s fun and it’s essential!! Michael is a treasure. I'm just showing up to honor, as best I can, what he does so so well."
Standard Time will feature Errico and Feinstein backed by vocalist Jay Armstrong Johnson, pianist Tedd Firth, bassist Phil Palombi, and drummer Mark McLean.
Errico recently returned to Off-Broadway’s Irish Repertory Theatre where she recreated her performance as Sharon McLonergan in that company’s 2016 revival of Finian’s Rainbow. She earned her Tony nomination for her performance in the 2003 musical Amour. She has been nominated for Drama Desk Awards six times, including for the 2013 Off-Broadway revival of Passion, and going back to 1994 when she was nominated for her performance as Eliza Doolittle in that year’s revival of My Fair Lady. Other Broadway appearances include Dracula, High Society and, most recently, White Christmas. Her solo CDs include Blue Like That, Lullabies and Wildflowers, Legrand Affair, and What About Today? Melissa Errico Live at 54 Below.
Tickets for Standard Time cost $84–$100 and can be ordered by visiting CarnegieHall.org or calling (212) 247-7800.
Errico was a special guest performer on Playbill’s February Broadway on the High Seas 8 cruise to the Caribbean. Playbill’s inaugural river cruise along the Rhône River in May 2017 is sold out, but cabins are available for the Rhine River cruise in August 2017, featuring Seth Rudetsky, Andréa Burns, Faith Prince, Terrence Mann, Charlotte d’Amboise, and more exciting talent to be announced. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.