Passion's Melissa Errico Plays 54 Below Beginning Oct. 31
By Andrew Gans
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, plays New York's newest nightspot, 54 Below, Oct. 31-Nov. 3.
The 8:30 PM concerts feature direction by Richard Jay-Alexander and musical direction by John Oddo.
"I'm in the midst right now of rehearsing and having such a fantastic time," Errico previously told Playbill.com, adding with a laugh, "No I can't give away the set list!
"I'm rehearsing songs that I think will interest the audiences that know me and those that perhaps have never seen me. It is not a Michel Legrand show, that I can tell you. And, 54 Below is like a sparkling movie set; it is so gorgeous, I am so excited to sing in that room!
"I'm also in the midst of clothes, figuring out what to wear," she added. "It is downstairs at Studio 54 for goodness sake - and I mean, let's face it, since I had three kids, six-inch heels have come into fashion. So I am in training! My feet are killing me!"
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.
54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. Tickets and additional information are available at 54Below.com.
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