THE FILM NOIR PROJECT at 54 Under on May 11
The sound of a lonely saxophone, the melancholic crackle of midnight rain, the velvety blackness of a city at night…and a perfect lonely singer in a strapless dress…there’s a word for it: Black . His music is essential to dark mystique, in vibrant circles of moody inspiration, and to celebrate the release of his new Warner Music/Ghostlight Records album. Out Of The Dark: The Film Noir ProjectTony Award nominee Melissa Errico will offer a special ENCORE concert May 11 to 7 p.m. at Feinstein/54 below (Ticketing link HERE).
“Seventy-five minutes of exemplary musical storytelling…between famous songs from movies like ‘Jennifer’ and musicals like ‘City of Angels,’ Ms. Errico glides effortlessly between historical facts that one suspects she never knew. had no need for research, having them already in mind, and personal anecdotes that serve as the basis for each performance of Melissa Errico. The facts are fascinating and the improvised is exciting, indeed, every moment of out of the dark is fascinating and exciting, not to mention a meticulously curated festival of musical excellence. Errico sounds like a billion bucks, landing on every perfect pitch with unfathomable technique, both vocally and theatrically… with out of the darkMelissa Errico has reached new heights.” – BroadwayWorld
The masterfully crafted song cycle includes all black velvet piano and vibraphone sounds, telling a full story of hope, despair and renewed hope. Errico’s song selections (17 in total) come from black classics, such as Laura and The wicked and the beautiful, in the French songs of the 50s and 60s, until today with contemporary extensions of the black sensibility, with new songs by Patricia Barber & David Shire. At the height of the pandemic in 2020, when the world was locked in lonely rooms with only old movies to watch at midnight, Errico suddenly returned to one of her lifelong obsessions – black! The genre is known for its dark and disturbing sensibility of intractable fatalism that Parisian existentialists discovered in American cinema of the 1940s. adopted in his own artistic endeavors. Also included in Out Of The Dark: The Film Noir Project are “With Every Breath I Take” by Cy Coleman & David Zippel (from the Broadway musical, City of Angels), “Haunted Heart” by Dietz & Schwartz (1948), “The Man That Got Away” (1953) by Arlen & Gershwin, “Again” by Lionel Newman (1948) and the playful “Checkin’ My Heart” by Harry Warren & Leo Robin (1952). The plus: four new songs composed by Michel Legrand, David Shire and the late Peter Foley, with lyrics by his frequent collaborator Adam Gopnik.
“Melissa Errico’s new album, Out of the Dark: The Film Noir Project gives us black music as we imagine it… melancholy, bittersweet stories of isolation and loneliness, beauty and betrayal… we breathe with it, see what it sees, feel what that she feels.”- The Wall Street Journal
“She knows the lyrics well… her new album out of the dark is ripe territory for a singer who can inhabit a song, and as a Tony-nominated actress, she dives into the role, delivering charred impressions of unhappy romance, obsession, and thwarted dreams. – JazzTimes
Arranged by musical director/pianist Tedd Firth, the album features 8 other incredible musicians: Bass, Lorin Cohen; Drums, Eric Halvorson; Guitar, Bob Mann; Vibes, Joe Locke; Percussion, Kevin Winard; Trumpet, Scott Wendholt; Saxophone, David Mann; and cello, Richard Locker. For the release, Melissa also filmed a stunning black and white music video for the album’s opening track “Angel Eyes” (music by Matt Dennis and lyrics by Earl Brent, originally introduced in the 1953 film Jennifer). Directed by filmmaker Matthew Edginton and shot at iconic New York jazz club Birdland and surrounding Times Square, Errico uses film noir music and narratives in this music video to explore topics of loss, alienation and disconnection, strongly felt in the dark. aesthetic.
“The Maria Callas of American musical theatre,” as Opera News has called her, referencing both her silky voice and her dramatic, expressive intensity, Melissa Errico is an actress, singer, and author. First known for her lead roles on Broadway in shows like my lovely lady (as Eliza Dolittle)High society, White Christmas by Irving Berlin, and Wretchedshe has since become a concert, cabaret and recording artist, having made numerous studio recordings including her debut on EMI Records produced by Arif Mardin, blue like this. her 2018 album Sublime of Sondheim (released by Warner Music/Ghostlight Records) was called by The Wall Street Journal “The Best All-Sondheim Album Ever Recorded”. Along with her many appearances singing and playing Sondheim on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at the Kennedy Center, she is also closely associated with the music of the late Michel Legrand, having starred in his only Broadway show, Love. She was asked to write her eulogy by The New York Times and was then asked to become the only American performer to take part in the extraordinary two-day memorial to Legrand held in April 2019 at the Le Grand Rex theater. of Paris, work which led a critic to announce that “Errico is, and will continue to be, the first interpreter of the musical heritage of Michel Legrand.” His Legrand music album, The Legrand Affair Deluxe Editionwas released in 2019 (also by Warner Music/Ghostlight Records).
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