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THE QUEEN OF CABARET BRINGS HER NEW SHOW
TO THE ALGONQUIN HOTEL’s OAK ROOM
ANDREA KICKS OFF OAK ROOM’S HOLIDAY SEASON NOVEMBER 17TH TO DECEMBER 26TH IN
“SKYLARK: MARCOVICCI SINGS MERCER”
Andrea Marcovicci, the celebrated singer and actress lauded as “the greatest cabaret star of her generation” by The International Herald Tribune, will celebrate the Johnny Mercer Centennial with the New York premiere of her new show “Skylark: Marcovicci Sings Mercer” at the Oak Room of the Algonquin (59 West 44th Street) November 17th through December 26th .
Shows are Tuesdays through Thursdays at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11, with a $60 cover charge weeknights and late shows and $65 for the early shows Friday and Saturday, plus a $30 food and beverage minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner (dinner is required for early weekend shows). Reservations (212) 419 9331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The only Mercer show to be commissioned for the Savannah Music Festival in the legendary lyricist’s hometown of Savannah, Georgia, Andrea’s personal homage celebrates the four-time Oscar winner through rarely-heard anecdotes and Andrea’s trademark interpretations of Mercer’s pensive, often impish lyrics. “Skylark” includes familiar hits like “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive,” “That Old Black Magic,” “One for My Baby,” “Goody, Goody” and “Moon River.”
Johnny Mercer, widely considered the Renaissance man of the music world, collaborated with an astonishing array of composers to produce some of the most memorable works of the Great American Songbook. With composers Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, Jerome Kern, Henry Mancini, Jimmy Van Heusen and Harry Warren, he created hits for Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, among others. He was also a best-selling recording artist, a chart-topping radio star and the co-founder of Capitol Records, the label responsible for many of the hits of the 40s and 50s. Andrea’s research for her show included contacts with members of the Mercer family and such intimate friends as Alan Bergman, the Oscar winning lyricist and Mercer protégé, Ginny Mancini, the widow of Mercer’s “Moon River” collaborator Henry Mancini, and Gene Lees, one of Mercer’s major biographers.
Andrea’s current CD—“As Time Goes By: The Best of Andrea Marcovicci”—features two newly recorded tracks and out of print favorites, including Mercer’s own “You Were Never Lovelier.” Several other Mercer tracks are available on her recordings “Andrea Sings Astaire” and “I’ll Be Seeing You: Love Songs of World War II.” Andrea is currently appearing in the Henry Jaglom film Irene in Time. In addition, her new perfume, AndreaSONG is available for the Holiday season.
The Algonquin Hotel will present Andrea Marcovicci in “Skylark: Marcovicci Sings Mercer” from November 17 to December 26. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:30 PM with additional late shows at 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday. A $60 cover and $30 minimum is in place from Tuesday through Thursday and for the 11:00 PM weekend shows. The 8:30 PM shows on Friday and Saturday have a $65 cover and a required $60 prix-fixe dinner. Please call (212) 467-7444 for reservations.