"Melissa Errico is beautiful, fiercely intelligent, wonderfully wacky, and deliciously mischievous – she is jam-packed with the most magical and boundless talents. As an actor – and musical performer – whether in classic or modern drama, comedy or, of course, musicals, she can range – seemingly effortlessly – from joyful, feisty naturalism, through a heartbreaking emotional fragility, to a deeply felt and highly expressive pain. She brings her many and varied ‘life experiences’ to everything she touches and there seems no limit to the range and depth of her gifts (whether she is bringing the house to a hush or breaking it up with a sudden swerve into zany loopiness). "The Voice of an Angel”, But SO Much More ..." Tony Walton

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  • An Introduction to Melissa’s Theater Career…

    Melissa became enchanted with the theater at a very young age, inspired by the Broadway production On Your Toes. In Junior High, Melissa was already commuting to Manhattan from Long Island most days after school for auditions and lessons. An arts camp solidified her interest and gave her amazing opportunities to experience theater- she played Eva Peron at 14 (opposite the now-Broadway-composer Jason Robert Brown) and Carla in Nine when she was 15, and much more. She was discovered in a hallway at 18 years old and given the plum role of Cosette in Les Miserables, and thus infamously withdrew from her freshman year at Yale University (she did return to graduate with honors in Art History and Philosophy).

    Melissa has gone on to have a rich and varied career, has starred in seven Broadway shows and performed at some of New York City’s most premier off-Broadway stages in musical and non-musical roles. She had some thrilling highs at City Center’s Encores! series, most notably One Touch of Venus which nearly set Manhattan on fire; as well as her work with Stephen Sondheim on Sunday in The Park With George at The Kennedy Center with Raul Esparza. In recent years, including three children and a dedicated marriage to tennis star Patrick McEnroe, she has released a CD, performed with symphonies, reprised Camelot on Broadway with Jeremy Irons, played Nancy in Oliver! with Brian Stokes Mitchell and co-starred with Alec Baldwin in the US premier of Peter Schaffer’s Gift of the Gordon. Melissa returned to her frequent collaboration with James Lapine, starring as Clara in the first NY revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion at The Classic Stage Company, directed by John Doyle.  She won unanimous raves in the NY Times, The Wall Street Journal, and all the leading publications (“Melissa Errico, as Clara, suggests subtle ripples of deeper feeling behind her golden gown and silvery soprano.” –Time Out), as well as being nominated for a 2013 Drama Desk Award.

  • More about Melissa’s theater career…

    When she was 18, she was cast as Cosette in LES MISERABLES. She performed in many shows at YALE, and landed the role of Kitty in the Broadway musical ANNA KARENINA. Melissa went on to star in two more Broadway musicals in the following years, playing Eliza Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY and Tracy Lord in Cole Porter’s HIGH SOCIETY, the musical adaptation of “The Philadelphia Story.” Melissa has enjoyed the City Center Encores! Series where she has starred in CALL ME MADAM and made a particular splash as the title role in Kurt Weill’s ONE TOUCH OF VENUS, which she has since reprised joyfully at Avery Fisher Music Hall (2004), City Center’s Broadway Bash and Symphony Space. While juggling work on TV and film, Melissa continued to work steadily on stage, becoming a member of the Irish Repertory Theatre where she has starred in such classic plays as Oscar Wilde’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and George Bernard Shaw’s MAJOR BARBARA and at The Bay Street Theater in MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY.

    She has gratefully received many awards and nominations for both singing and non-singing roles, including six Drama Desk Award nominations. Through the years, Melissa has also participated in countless WORKSHOPS AND READINGS to develop new plays and musicals. She has also done many CONCERTS, including Joe’s Pub, the Cafe Carlyle, and major political events in Washington, DC. She played Dot in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at The Kennedy Center as part of the 2002 Sondheim Celebration, and co-starred with Jesse Martin and Betty Buckley in THREEPENNY OPERA at Williamstown the following summer, followed by her acclaimed reprisal of Eliza in MY FAIR LADY at the Hollywood Bowl with John Lithgow and Roger Daltry. In 2002-2003, she starred on Broadway in AMOUR, composed by film/pop/jazz legend Michel Legrand- for which she received a Tony nomination for “Best Leading Actress.” It was during this time that she began her close collaboration with Michel, and subsequent duet appearances with him at such venues as The Oak Room, Jazz At Lincoln Center, Vibrato in LA. She returned to non-musical work in the hit revival of Wally Shawn’s AUNT DAN AND LEMON at the New Group during the winter 2003-2004, and soon after, won raves for her Sharon in FINIAN’S RAINBOW, a runaway off-Broadway hit, which was recorded by Sh-K-Boom Records. Her most recent Broadway musical was DRACULA in the 2004-2005 season, which she followed with appearances at the prestigious Sondheim 75th Birthday Salutes and The Symphony Space Wall-to-Wall Sondheim broadcast on WNPR, her third Wall-to-Wall event in recent years (see MUSIC section).

    In 2005, she reprised FINIANS RAINBOW at the re-opening of The Westport Playhouse, recorded her third album with The Brussels Philharmonic (with Michel Legrand conducting, and produced by Phil Ramone, titled “Legrand Affair”), and played Guinevere opposite Jeremy Irons in CAMELOT at The Hollywood Bowl, a production which Variety praised as “fast, funny, inspired and deserving of a long run.” Since 2005, Melissa became a new mother to her first daughter Victoria and has worked regularly on symphony tours making an unexpected splash singing the role of “Roxie” from Chicago, as well as Eva Peron in wonderful evenings of Broadway’s classics.  Her London debut in the summer of 2008 positioned her again in a Bernadette Peter’s role as she sang many selections from “Mack and Mabel” at The Palladium Theater to ovations with The Royal Philharmonic. She joined Adam Pascal and Lea Michele in “Alive in The World” (a new rock musical) directed by Kurt Deutsch in 2007, and continued her concerts and recordings during her twins pregnancy; and by the time the twins were 10 months old, she was starring on Broadway again in IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS in 2009-2010!  In 2010, she starred in CANDIDA and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for “Best Actress in a Play,” and enjoyed a ravishing evening in BRIGADOON for one-night only.  In 2011, she reprised CAMELOT with Jeremy Irons and co-starred with Alec Baldwin in the US premier of Peter Schaffer’s GIFT OF THE GORGON at The Guild Hall.  Her CD Legrand Affair” was finally released October 18th, 2011 to much appreciation from fans and critics.

    Since then, she has appeared on major cable television dramas and network shows, as well as theater productions such as MORE BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH opposite Campbell Scott and Jonathan Cake, as well as the world premiere of BULL DURHAM, a new musical.  In 2015, she released a digital album, as well as a live CD and DVD on Broadway Records (“What About Today? – Live at 54 Below“), and premiered her first writing venture– a one-woman show called SING THE SILENCE, co-written with Adam Gopnik.

    In 2016, Melissa starred in the New York City Center Encores! production of DO I HEAR A WALTZ?, the only collaboration of musical theater titans Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim.