In my first audio interview, "Call Me Adam" chats with award winning cabaret goddess Andrea Marcovicci about celebrating her 65th Birthday with a brand new show Moonlight Cocktail, which kicks off its East Coast tour at Joe's Pub on Monday, November 18 then traveling to the Emelin Theatre, in Mamaroneck, NY (Friday, November 22); The Landmark Theatre in Port Washington, NY (Saturday, November 23); and The Rrazz Room, in New Hope, PA (Sunday, November 24).
Moonlight Cocktail will have 2 shows at Joe's Pub on Monday, November 18 at 7pm and 9pm, celebrating the bygone era of sophisticated nightlife of dining and dancing. From coast to coast, from large clubs to intimate boites, Andrea will honor those singers that enthralled you like Mabel Mercer, Bobby Short, Julie Wilson, Hildegarde, Portia Nelson, and Billie Holiday featuring such hits as "You Fascinate Me So," "Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup," "All in Fun," "Talk of the Town," "Some Other Time," as well as the delicious title song "Moonlight Cocktail." Click here for tickets!
Part 1: Interview with award winning cabaret goddess Andrea Marcovicci
Part 2: Interview with award winning cabaret goddess Andrea Marcovicci
"Torch singer, spellbinder, heart-breaker" (People) was hailed as the "most Sinatra-like" of the new generation of cabaret performers by Life Magazine. She "has the capacity to caress a song with a warming embrace…Marcovicci steals the heart …the epitome of elegance and showbiz savvy," declared Variety while Stephen Holden wrote in The New York Times, "Andrea Marcovicci has an incandescent enthusiasm and a masterly balance between poignancy and wit."
Andrea continues to entertain sold-out audiences from coast to coast whenever touring her numerous critically acclaimed shows which include the ever popular Marcovicci Sings Movies II, and Andrea’s most requested show, I’ll Be Seeing You…Love Songs of WWII; the delightfully entertaining songbook evenings featuring the music of Frank Loesser, Rodgers & Hart, and Johnny Mercer; as well Andrea’s tribute to her favorite movie star Fred Astaire; Blue Champagne: The History of the Torch Song; No Strings, a journey of life on the road; Smile, which played for four weeks at the Cafe Carlyle in New York; and her latest creation, Moonlight Cocktail, which debuted at Feinstein's at the Nikko.
An actress and singer, Andrea began on the daytime television series Love Is A Many Splendored Thing. She debuted on Broadway in Ambassador, the musical adaptation of the novel by Henry James, starring Howard Keel and last appeared on the Great White Way in Frank D. Gilroy’s play Any Given Day with Sada Thompson. Her numerous appearances off-Broadway include the title role in Coco at the York Theatre, The Wedding of Iphigenia, Variety Obit, The Seagull, and as "Ophelia" to Sam Waterston’s Hamlet for Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare in the Park. Regionally, she received rave reviews for leading roles in St. Joan, Burn This, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco and her most recent of many appearances at 42nd Street Moon, SF, (where Andrea had previously starred as "Daisy" in On A Clear Day), in the title role of Coco, played to sold-out houses. In Los Angeles, she starred opposite Anthony Newley in Chaplin, portraying all the legendary actor’s wives and in Finian’s Rainbow at Reprise! In Philadelphia Andrea starred in the revival of Lady in the Dark at the Prince Music Theatre. Her film credits include: The Front (nominated for a Golden Globe Award) with Woody Allen, The Hand with Sir Michael Caine, The Stuff with Michael Moriarty, Spacehunter with Peter Strauss, The Canterville Ghost with Sir John Gielgud, Henry Jaglom’s Someone To Love (featuring Orson Welles in his last film appearance), and Jack the Bear, as Danny DeVito’s wife. Her many television appearances include Arli$ for HBO, Cybill, Taxi, Magnum P.I., Hill Street Blues, and Trapper John, M.D. among others as well as numerous made-for-television movies. Her last television guest appearance was as "Sophia" on General Hospital. She recently provided commentary for the DVD release of the movie, Someone to Love, and appeared in "Irene" in Time. Both films were directed by long-time friend, Henry Jaglom.
Beginning in 2004 with Andrea’s tribute to Cole Porter, all of Andrea’s CDs have been released through her own label - Andreasong Recordings, Inc. The latest release, Smile, is based upon her recent show. As Time Goes By: The Best of Andrea Marcovicci celebrates over twenty years of solo CDs and includes a twelve-page color booklet. Other titles include a tribute to Frank Loesser, (If I Were a Bell) recorded live at the Oak Room; a studio album of songs associated with Fred Astaire (Andrea Sings Astaire); My Christmas Song for You; and a CD based upon the show, Marcovicci Sings Rodgers & Hart. In addition, the label put out the cast album for Kurt Weill in America, (originally performed at the 92nd Street Y), complete with a 48-page color booklet with extensive liner notes. In addition to Andrea, the cast includes Anna Bergman, Barbara Brussell, Mark Coffin, Chuck Cooper, Jeff Harnar, and Maude Maggart. CDs are available on-line at www.marcovicci.com and CDBaby.com.
Andrea was most honored to usher in the Millennium with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Her concert work includes appearances with the San Francisco Pops, Florida Philharmonic, and Oregon and Ft. Worth Symphonies among others. Her 1993 Carnegie Hall solo debut, backed by the American Symphony Orchestra, was to a sold-out audience. Prior to that, Carnegie Hall commissioned December Songs specifically created for Andrea by Maury Yeston. The concert was then reconceived as a ballet by Lynn Taylor Corbett and premiered with Andrea at The Carolina Ballet in 2002. She was twice invited to return and an additional dance was created for a compilation of standards entitled, Café Marcovicci. Lincoln Center commissioned both her Noel Coward show and her Kurt Weill in America. The latter is the genesis of her later Lyrics & Lyricists’ show. In April of 2005 Andrea played to sold-out houses at the esteemed LICEU Opera House in Barcelona. Andrea’s concert version of I Am Anne Frank, (Lyrics: Enid Futterman / Music: Michael Cohen) most recently performed at UCLA, originally debuted in Los Angeles and was then recorded. Subsequently, it was performed at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center with Stephen Bogardus and at Town Hall in New York with the addition of a new introduction penned by Futterman, and read by a variety of celebrities, giving the work a timeless quality. A commission by the Savannah Music Festival for the centennial celebration of their native son – lyricist Johnny Mercer - led to the creation of Skylark: Marcovicci Sings Mercer which debuted at the Festival and toured nationally.
Andrea has returned to Town Hall many times with concerts including I’ll Be Seeing You... Love Songs of WWII, with Chamber Orchestra in two Acts. This show is a recreation of Andrea’s most requested show and has played throughout the country, and in Normandy in recognition of the original ‘Band of Brothers’ who were immortalized by the HBO series. In addition, Andrea’s Birthday Concert at Town Hall in New York celebrated Andrea’s contribution to songwriters, past and present. Guests included three-time Academy award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and Grammy award-winner Julie Gold, along with other noted ASCAP composers Francesca Blumenthal, John Bucchino, Craig Carnelia, Babbie Green, Christine Lavin, and Tom Toce. In addition, Andrea’s mother Helen was on hand celebrating her 90th Birthday. To commemorate this event, Andreasong Recordings, Inc. released a compilation CD: As Time Goes By: The Best of Andrea Marcovicci. Her most recent Town Hall outing was Easy to Love, a tribute to Cole Porter, with fellow cabaret singer, Jeff Harnar.
In the spring of 2004 Andrea was invited to help inaugurate a new era at the prestigious Lyrics and Lyricists series at the 92nd Street Y in New York as one of their guest Artistic Directors. Over the next four seasons Andrea wrote, directed and starred in Easy to Love, The Lyrics of Cole Porter; the aforementioned Kurt Weill in America; Thanks for the Memories:The Lyrics of Leo Robin; and an examination of the 'standard' post 1965. As a director and writer, Andrea created two Cabaret Concerts for Young Audiences for the New York Cabaret Convention. In addition, Andrea hosted and created a holiday benefit for Symphony Space with a cast including Barbara Brussell, Natalie Douglas, and Jeff Harnar.
Andrea is proud of her long career in nightclubs and cabarets and has had record runs at several venues. Andrea performed for twenty-five years at the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, and more than twenty years at the now defunct Plush Room in San Francisco. In addition Andrea has spent over twenty-five years at the Gardenia in Hollywood. Other clubs include The Rrazz Room in San Francisco, The Colony in Palm Beach, FL., The Cinegrill in Los Angeles, Le Chat Noir in New Orleans, and many others. Her London cabaret debut in 1994 sold out a one-month engagement at the Music Room at Pizza on the Park. Sheridan Morley, theater critic of The Spectator and The International Herald-Tribune, called her "the greatest cabaret star of her generation." Peter Hepple in The Stage and Television Today wrote, "Marcovicci cast her spell, with a voice of supreme tenderness, much rangier than at first appeared, with a thrillingly controlled vibrato, marvelous diction and phrasing that can only come from a skilled actress."
In addition to clubs, Andrea Marcovicci has performed at the White House and brought the intimacy of the small cabaret to numerous theatres and concert halls across the country including: Wolf Trap in Washington, DC, Steppenwolf in Chicago, the Tilles Center and the famed John Drew Theatre, of Long Island; NJPAC in New Jersey; the Grandel in St. Louis; Caramoor in Katonah, NY; the Lyric Theatre in Florida; Bass Hall Performing Arts Center in Ft. Worth, The Brownville Concert Series in Nebraska, the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Vail, CO and many others. In addition Andrea helped Jeff Harnar launch The American Songbook Series at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre. Also known for her remarkable hosting abilities, Andrea has been at the helm of a plethora of events throughout the country including the MAC Awards, the ASCAP Songwriter’s Evening at the Chicago Humanities Festival and twice the New York Nightlife Awards. She was also a guest speaker (along with the President of the Netherlands) at the New York Film Society’s tribute to Sir Michael Caine at Lincoln Center.
For five years Andrea served as a Master teacher for the Cabaret Workshop at the prestigious Perry-Mansfield School in Steamboat Springs, CO and has taught Master Classes on the art form that she so dearly loves across the country including stops in New York, St. Louis, Indianapolis, and San Francisco, among other cities.
Her numerous fundraising efforts have produced everything from building additions to aiding the disenfranchised. She has worked tirelessly for a variety of causes. Just a few of these charitable events include helping underprivileged children, (Reach the World, Variety Arts Telethon, The Youth League), raising funds for much needed medical research, (The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, The James Marshall OCD Foundation) feeding and providing medical care for the homeless and those suffering with AIDS, (MHRA, The Broward Partnership for the Homeless), protecting the environment, (Tree People, Elings Park), and preserving arts organizations and educational opportunities (San Francisco Performing Arts Library, Music Conservatory of Westchester, The Dallas Children’s Theatre).
Andrea is the recipient of several awards and honors including the 2010 National Honoree of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals, the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s 2007 Mabel Award, and three Lifetime Achievement Awards - honored so by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, the Licia Albanese - Puccini Foundation, and by a Bob Harrington Backstage Bistro Award. In recognition of her accomplishments in the arts, Andrea has received honorary degrees from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and the Memphis College of Art. In addition, "The Andrea Marcovicci Suite" at the Algonquin Hotel, dedicated in 2006 on her twentieth anniversary at the Oak Room, contains memorabilia of her work in theatre, film, television, and on the concert stage.