Marcovicci Begins Robin Exploration May 5 with Blackhurst, Markham and More

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Cabaret favorite Andrea Marcovicci is the artistic director and host of Thanks for the Memories: The Lyrics of Leo Robin, which plays the 92nd Street Y May 5-7.
Andrea Marcovicci
Andrea Marcovicci

Part of the Y's famed Lyrics & Lyricists series, the concerts will also feature the talents of Klea Blackhurst, Brian Byers and Jennifer Sheehan. Shelly Markham is the musical director; show times are May 5 at 8 PM, May 6 at 3 and 8 PM and May 7 at 2 and 8 PM.

Singers will be backed by Christopher Denny on piano, Larry Saltzman on guitar, Jered Egan on bass and Warren Odze on drums.

The first half of the evening will feature Robin's early work in the 1920's and 30's, including such tunes as "Blue Hawaii," "Please," "Louise" and "Love Is Just Around the Corner." The second portion will focus on Robin's "Technicolor" years, including his songs for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as well as such little-known gems as "Checkin My Heart," "On the 10:10 from Ten, Ten Tennessee" and "Zing a Little Zong."

The concerts are dedicated to Kitty Carlisle Hart, who died April 17. Hart appeared in the 1929 movie "Here Is My Heart," which featured songs by Robin.

Lyricist Leo Robin's most famous songs include "Thanks for the Memory," "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" and "Beyond the Blue Horizon." He retired from songwriting in 1955 and died of heart failure in 1984. 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."

The 92nd Street Y is located in Manhattan at 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Tickets, priced $50 and $60, are available by calling (212) 415-5500 or by visiting


The Lyrics & Lyricists series will continue June 2-4 with Noel Coward and His Ladies, featuring Steve Ross (artistic director and host), Nancy Anderson, Patricia Hodge and Maude Maggart.

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