“ANDREA MARCOVICCI SINGS RODGERS & HART”
LAUNCHES ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM’S HOLIDAY SEASON NOVEMBER 13-JANUARY 12
Andrea Marcovicci, the celebrated singer and actress,will premiere her new show “Andrea Marcovicci Sings Rodgers & Hart” in New York at the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel November 13th through January 12. Her new CD of the same name will be available following her shows and at www.marcovicci.com.
She will be accompanied by musical director Shelly Markham on piano and Jered Egan on bass…Shows are 9 pm Tuesday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday at 9 and 11:30, with a $70 cover charge Tuesday through Thursday and $75 Fridays and Saturdays, plus a $30 food and beverage minimum or $70 prix fixe dinner (dinner is required at early shows Friday and Saturday and optional at other times). Reservations: 212 419 9331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Marcovicci brings her uncanny gift of interpretation to the seminal artistry of Lorenz Hart, whose brilliant lyrics rank with those of Noël Coward and Cole Porter for shimmering wit and sophistication, poignancy and heartfelt sentiment. Set perfectly alongside the sculpted lines of Richard Rodgers’ gorgeous melodies, a Hart lyric is -according to Andrea-“an acting scene brought to life.”
Celebrating the music of one of the American Songbook’s most prolific and honored songwriting teams, the show is brimming with hits and undiscovered gems, among them “My Funny Valentine,” “Where or When,” “This Can’t Be Love,” “Falling in Love with Love,” “Bewitched…,” “It Never Entered My Mind” and “Little Girl Blue.” The rarities include “A Little Birdie Told Me So” from Peggy Ann and “What’s The Use” from Lido Lady.
A NEW CD FROM THE QUEEN OF CABARET
SINGS RODGERS & HART”
FEATURING 21 AMERICAN SONGBOOK CLASSICS, RARE GEMS AND A WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING
AVAILABLE AT THE OAK ROOM IN NEW YORK NOW AND ONLINE NOVEMBER 27
ANDREA MARCOVICCI – the celebrated singer and actress lauded as “the greatest cabaret star of her generation” by The International Herald Tribune and “the epitome of elegance and showbiz savvy” by Variety – has announced the release of her new CD “Andrea Marcovicci Sings Rodgers & Hart” through her label Andreasong. The disc features classic standards such as “My Funny Valentine,” “Thou Swell” and “My Heart Stood Still”; infrequently recorded songs like “Jupiter Forbid,” “If I Were You” and “Can’t You Do A Friend A Favor?”; as well as the world premiere recording of the song “What’s The Use.”
She is celebrating the release of the CD with a nine week run in New York at the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel (59 West 44th Street) from November 13 to January 12. Please call (212) 419-9331 for reservations. Andrea will also perform in a special free in-store concert and CD signing at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, November 20 at Barnes & Noble Lincoln Center (1972 Broadway at 66th Street). In addition to songs from the Rodgers & Hart CD, she will be joined by Maude Maggart, Jeff Harnar, Barbara Brussell and Anna Bergman to perform selections from the Andreasong CD Kurt Weill in America.
“Andrea Marcovicci Sings Rodgers & Hart” will be available at her shows at the Oak Room starting Tuesday, November 13 and through Marcovicci.com starting on Tuesday, November 27. The disc also features Shelly Markham as Musical Director, arranger, and pianist, as well as Kevin Axt on bass. The recording was produced by Mr. Markham and Lesley Alexander. Doug Aycock serves as executive producer and Ms. Marcovicci is executive producer for Andreasong.
This summer’s world premiere of “Andrea Marcovicci Sings Rodgers & Hart” was heralded by the San Francisco Examiner as “a fascinating glimpse into the heyday of early 20th century musical theater.” Celebrating the music of one of the American Songbook’s most prolific and accomplished songwriting teams, the show is brimming with hits and undiscovered gems.
Ms. Marcovicci brings her uncanny gift of interpretation to the seminal artistry of Lorenz Hart, whose brilliant lyrics rank with those of Noël Coward and Cole Porter for shimmering wit and sophistication, poignancy and heartfelt sentiment. Set perfectly along the sculpted lines of Richard Rodgers’ gorgeous melodies, a Hart lyric is – according to Andrea – “an acting scene waiting to be brought to life. I was attracted to what Josh Logan called the ‘bitter beauty’ of Hart’s lyrics,” she continues. “No other lyricist brought so much of his own personal life – the elated highs and the manic-depressive lows – to his writing.”
“Although the Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration may have produced better-known show titles like The Sound of Music,” she continues, “Rodgers’ earlier partnership with Larry Hart is where my very favorite songs lie: the romantic ‘My Funny Valentine,’ the dreamy ‘Where or When,’ the swinging ‘This Can’t Be Love’ or the wise ‘Falling in Love with Love’ from The Boys From Syracuse, the famous ‘Bewitched’ from Pal Joey, and the heartbreaking torch songs ‘It Never Entered My Mind’ and ‘Little Girl Blue.’”
Andrea has unearthed some rare treasures from the Rodgers & Hart songbook: “A Little Birdie Told Me So” from Peggy Ann and “What’s The Use?” from Lido Lady (1926).
In quintessential Marcovicci fashion, the show interweaves tender stories and humorous anecdotes about the team with selections from the golden age of American popular music. According to a recent San Francisco review from KGO Radio, “her beautifully trained voice carefully adds a wonderful touch of drama to her musical presentation.” Variety raved “this is a show for people who love Rodgers & Hart. This is Hart with heart and humor. It is intelligent and poignant.” From the giddy excitement of Rodgers & Hart’s early collaborations to Hart’s heartbreaking untimely death, Andrea traces the singularly American story of a duo that gave us so many beloved songs.