Conference Call: Eric Michael Krop and Tracy McDowell: "Reunited and It Feels...Perfect? at Feinstein's/54 Below
I have been a fan of Eric Michael Krop for almost 10 years now. Anytime I get to hear him sing is a treat! When I found out that Eric, along with his good friend Tracy McDowell were performing at Feinstein's/54 Below in Feinstein's/54 Below Duo Shows at 54 series, I knew it was time to catch up with Eric and find out more about Tracy!
Eric & Tracy will bring you a night of hilarity and drama as they sing songs about love, loss, and what it means to be a true friend. These two extremely versatile performers will have you on the edge of your seat as their voices soar through music from Broadway shows to jazz standards to modern pop artists like Adele, Britney Spears, and Ed Sheeran.
Eric & Tracy will be at Feinstein's/54 Below with their new show Reunited and It Feels...Perfect? on Friday, June 8 at 9:30pm. Click here for tickets!
1. This June you are part of Feinstein's/54 Below's Duo Shows at 54. How did you become part of this series?
Eric Michael Krop: Tracy and I became a part of this series when the wonderful Jennifer Tepper reached out to us! We couldn’t have been more honored.
Tracy McDowell: Jen Tepper reached out to Eric and asked who he wanted to do a duet concert with and he said ME! I said yes, of course.
2. How did you two first come to work together?
Eric Michael Krop: In 2010, Tracy and I were cast as "Shelia" and "Claude" in a production of Hair in Whitefish, MT. It was the first of eight years of trips to Montana to perform at that theatre company together.
Tracy McDowell: We had performed in concerts around the city but never truly hung out. Till we were cast in Hair together as "Sheila" and "Claude." It was a magical summer, as one can imagine.
3. What do you like about performing with each other?
Eric Michael Krop: We have FUN. I think Tracy and I both have a great balance of serious dedicated work and silliness.
Tracy McDowell: I trust Eric and his talent and I feel at total peace on stage with him. He is the best. What more can you ask for!?
4. Your show is called Reunited and it Feels…Perfect? How long has it been since you performed together? What made now the right time to do this show?
Eric Michael Krop: Since I moved to Montana, and then Los Angeles, it's long periods of time that we don’t see each other. Also, back in 2011, Tracy and I did our first duo concert together, mashing up Britney Spears and Jeff Buckley. Now was the time to do a concert because it has been just too damn long - and Jen asked us to.
Tracy McDowell: We have been separated by many miles, meeting in Montana once a year for some concerts, this will be our first time singing in NYC in years. Bringing it home BABY!
5. In this show you will songs of love, loss, and what it means to be a true friend. What is your go to love song when you fall in love?
Eric Michael Krop: My go to song when I’m in love? It has been different throughout life. When you fall in love with someone and have a “song” that you share - I would hope that it is different for different relationships. And in those relationships, those feelings grow and change, and so should the music that goes along with it.
Tracy McDowell: Ohhhhh umm there are so many!!! "With You" (Pippin), "Speak Easy" (Maria Taylor), "Let’s Stay Together" (Marvin Gaye)
6. What has been your greatest loss?
Eric Michael Krop: Definitely my Gramma. She passed away when I was 17. I think about her every day - and wish she could see that I was still singing.
Tracy McDowell: I’ve had some personal losses that broke my heart, and professional losses that stung, but I would say I have been VERY fortunate in my life/love. Maybe I am great at blocking it all out too. Fingers crossed!
7. What is your definition of a true friend?
Eric Michael Krop: A true friend is someone who is honest with you, even if the truth hurts.
Tracy McDowell: A ride or die. You answer that phone no matter what, and you always have each other’s back. Trust that they will catch you when you fall. Oh man, I love my friends fiercely.
8. What do you feel the secret is to your friendship?
Eric Michael Krop: Distance. Just kidding just kidding. I would say it's honesty, trust, laughter and good whiskey.
Tracy McDowell: Allowing each other to grow and not sweating the small stuff. We are also very real with each other no matter what. Also LOTS of laughing.
9. If you had to write a song defining your friendship, what would you title it?
Eric Michael Krop: "Sister I Never Wanted, but Didn’t Know I Needed." Or "Sunrise Sister." Or "Whiskey Tango Friendship."
Tracy McDowell: "None of Yo Bizness"
10. What celebrity do you want to be friends with?
Eric Michael Krop: Kelly Clarkson and Tracy McDowell
Tracy McDowell: Gwen Stefani, Eric Krop
More on Eric:
Eric Michael Krop is a singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. Eric quickly broke into the music scene doing back up vocals for James Corden in the movie Peter Rabbit and working with Grammy winning pop producer Greg Kurstin. Eric writes with renowned songwriters Derek Gregor and Selda Sahin, grammy nominated producer Nick Marsh, and has a popular Jazz duo with grammy nominated musician Erica von Kleist. He has performed all over the world, and you can get his debut EP and new single Gramma Song (Hello) on iTunes and Spotify.
More on Tracy:
Born and raised in San Francisco, Tracy attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and shortly after graduating AMDA, her big break came, when she starred in RENT’s 10th anniversary tour as "Maureen." This was then followed by a role in the Broadway Company of RENT, and a performance in the live movie of the Pulitzer Prize winning show.
Tracy has starred in numerous new works and regional theaters; Hair, Godspell, Rock of Ages, The Full Monty, and Man of La Mancha and projects with Disney. Tracy toured in the World Premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s SNAPSHOTS, working with the composer himself on the original production. She has traveled the country singing with a variety of bands and orchestras, including numerous projects with the Alpine Theater Company in Whitefish, Montana. She has been a featured vocalist for The United Nations International Woman’s Events. She was also recently featured in the closing Broadway company of MOTOWN, The Musical.
Tracy is also a teaching artist and has traveled the world doing Creative Outreach in such places as South Africa, Korea and Japan, and enjoys teaching and performing with fellow Broadway alumni in her event band, The Broadway Project.