"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 Misérables, and thus infamously withdrew from her freshman year at Yale University (she did return to graduate with honors in Art History and Philosophy).

    Her latest musical album Sondheim Sublime was recently released to critical acclaim, with The Wall Street Journal calling it “The best all-Sondheim album ever recorded.” Throughout 2017 and 2018, Melissa performed successful and extended runs at Feinstein’s/54 Below of her solo concert, “Melissa Sings Sondheim,” celebrating the music of Stephen Sondheim and won raves when she brought it to London’s ‘Live at Zedel’ for her sold-out UK concert debut co-written with Adam Gopnik. She also brought her Sondheim program to The Ravinia Festival last fall and appeared again at Feinstein’s/54 Below in for the Sondheim Sublime album release in November 2018. She will bring the show back to London and ‘Live at Zedel’ in May 2019.

  • More about Melissa’s theater career…

    Melissa has gratefully received many awards and nominations for both singing and non-singing roles, including a Tony Award nomination and six Drama Desk Award nominations. She has gone on to have a rich and varied career, having starred in seven Broadway shows: Anna Karenina, the 1993 revival of My Fair Lady in which she played Eliza Doolittle (The New York Times called her “beguiling”), High Society, Amour (Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical), Dracula the Musical, and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. She has also performed at some of New York City’s most premier off-Broadway stages in musical and non-musical roles. This includes the Irish Repertory Theatre where she starred in Finian’s Rainbow twice as Sharon, earning rave reviews for both portrayals. As a member of the Irish Repertory Theatre, she has also starred in such classic plays as Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara. Last year, Melissa starred as Daisy Gamble in the acclaimed Irish Repertory Theatre Off-Broadway revival of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever.

    She’s had thrilling highs at City Center’s Encores! series, most notably Call Me Madam, One Touch of Venus which nearly set Manhattan on fire, and more recently Do I Hear a Waltz? in 2016. Her continued work with Stephen Sondheim includes starring in Sunday in The Park with George at The Kennedy Center with Raul Esparza and starring as Clara in the first New York revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion at The Classic Stage Company in 2013, directed by John Doyle. She won unanimous raves in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and more 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.

    She has also become a favorite at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles where she starred in My Fair Lady (opposite John Lithgow), Camelot (opposite Jeremy Irons), and The Sound of Music (with a cast led by Marni Nixon and John Schneider), singing for 20,000 people a night for a week! Jeremy Irons and Melissa reprised their Camelot again in 2010 on Broadway’s Shubert Theatre.