Now available from Marcovicci's official website — on the fledgling Andreasong label — are a trio of CDs, two recorded in 2004 and a disc of tunes recorded in the seventies.
"If I Were a Bell: The Songs of Frank Loesser" was recorded live at the Algonquin Hotel April 18 and 19, 2004. The show celebrated Marcovicci's 17th year at the famed New York nightspot and featured Shelly Markham on the piano with Jared Egan on bass. The live disc includes both songs and Marcovicci's witty patter. Among the Loesser works the singer-actress interprets are "On a Slow Boat to China," "Lovelier Than Ever," "Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year," "I'll Know," "More I Cannot Wish You," "Two Sleepy People" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside."
Marcovicci went into the recording studio for her Cole Porter disc, which is titled "How's Your Romance?: Andrea Marcovicci Sings Cole Porter." In the liner notes for the CD, the chanteuse writes, "I used to think Cole Porter songs were brittle, blasé, hyper-sophisticated, almost cynical. But as Oscar Wilde said, 'Cynicism is merely the art of seeing things as they are instead of as they ought to be.' Indeed, though a bit dark, and pessimistic at times, the Cole Porter love songs are among the most passionate ever written." The 16-track disc includes such Porter tunes as "Let's Misbehave," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye," "Weren't We Fools," "I'm in Love Again" and "Anything Goes." Marcovicci's mother, torch singer Helen Marcovicci, also guests on a bonus track of "In the Still of the Night."
Those who prefer Marcovicci's more belty seventies sound can purchase a five-track disc simply titled "Andrea Marcovicci." The disc includes five unreleased tracks from that era: "I'm Dreamin'," "I Never Knew I'd Miss You This Way," "Always Something There to Remind Me," "Someone to Love" and "Angel of the Morning."
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." She is currently offering Andrea Sings Astaire at the Algonquin through Jan. 1, 2005. The Frank Loesser and Cole Porter discs have a retail price of $20; "Andrea Marcovicci" is available for $10. Visit www.marcovicci.com for more information.