Passion's Melissa Errico Will Perform All-Gershwin Program; Marvin Hamlisch Conducts
09 May 2012
Melissa Errico, who will take on her first major Stephen Sondheim role in New York in 2013 when she co-stars in Classic Stage Company's production of Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony-winning Passion, will first turn her attention to the music of George Gershwin.
Errico will join the National Symphony Orchestra for an all-Gershwin concert at Wolf Trap July 13. Tony winner Marvin Hamlisch will conduct the orchestra.
The 8:15 PM concert will also feature pianist Kevin Cole.
Attendees can expect to hear Gershwin's "An American in Paris," "Embraceable You," "Rhapsody in Blue" and more.
About her upcoming concert, singing actress Errico told Playbill.com, "I'm so excited to work with Marvin Hamlisch again! The last time I worked with him I was very pregnant with the first of my three daughters, and it was in a show called Salute To The Silver Screen. I had a chance to re-create Eliza Doolittle, all knocked up, and sang so many great movie songs including 'Over The Rainbow' and 'Wind Beneath My Wings.' We also debuted my Michel Legrand arrangements from my symphonic CD... and 'Windmills of Your Mind' was especially such a thrill to hear live. The NSO was magical. That was long before the CD was released! 'Legrand Affair' is finally out, and I am so grateful it has been received so well, but I will always remember that Marvin Hamlisch was the first to conduct those original orchestrations. Now onto Gershwin, this is really an honor!"
Melissa Errico, most recently seen on Broadway in Irving Berlin's White Christmas, began her professional career portraying Cosette in Les Misérables, and she followed with leading Broadway roles in Anna Karenina, My Fair Lady, High Society, Amour (Tony nomination) and Dracula, plus roles in the City Center Encores! productions of Call Me Madam and One Touch of Venus. She appeared in a production of Threepenny Opera at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and her recent Off-Broadway credits include Candida (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play), Finian's Rainbow and Aunt Dan and Lemon. She also starred in the Hollywood Bowl presentations of Camelot and The Sound of Music. Her newest solo recording, "Legrand Affair," produced by Phil Ramone and featuring a 100-piece symphony arranged and conducted by Legrand, is available from Ghostlight Records.