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Melissa Errico

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Melissa Errico is an American actress, singer and recording artist.

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Born in Manhattan, Errico moved to Manhasset on Long Island at an early age. Her parents, a sculptor and a physician/concert pianist, supported her early interest in ballet, and gymnastics, and Melissa competed nationally as a gymnast. Her passion for theater was sparked when she appeared in a Girl Scouts production and was cemented by many summers spent at an arts camp where her playful acrobatic skill immediately won her comedic roles in musicals. This may explain why, later in her career, even Stephen Sondheim encouraged her to do cartwheels in "Sunday In The Park With George" at The Kennedy Center. Melissa's childhood idols were Bernadette Peters, Robert Lindsey, Christine Andreas and the film star Juliette Binoche.

During her freshman year at Yale, Errico was cast as Cosette in the first national touring company of Les Misérables. She interrupted her studies for three semesters but eventually went back to New Haven and received her degree. From there she went to Oxford to study acting in programs dedicated to Shakespeare and Chekhov. She returned to Yale's graduate school but withdrew to make her Broadway debut in a musical adaptation of Anna Karenina at Circle in the Square in 1992.

Additional stage credits include the 1993 revival of My Fair Lady, High Society, Amour, Dracula, the Musical and White Christmas. In 2004, she starred in the lauded hit production of Finian's Rainbow, winning the moniker "the voice of enchantment!" at the Irish Repertory Theater, where she also starred in "The Importance of Being Earnest," "Major Barbara" and "Candida," earning nominations for each. She was selected by Stephen Sondheim to star in "Sunday In The Park With George" at The Kennedy Center, and became a favorite at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles where she starred in "My Fair Lady" , "Camelot" , and "The Sound of Music" .

Errico was a regular on the 1995 television series Central Park West and has also appeared as a guest on Law & Order, Miss Match, Ed as well as "Six Degrees" and others. She has been cast to star in television pilots by Spike Lee, Kelsey Grammar, Jon Favreau, Larry Charles and Ed Burns. Most of her screen work has been in independent films; her mainstream movies include Life or Something Like It with Angelina Jolie and "Frequency" with Dennis Quaid. She co-starred with Lili Taylor in Wally Shawn's hit revival of "Aunt Dan and Lemon".

Errico has a close working relationship with film/jazz/pop composer Michel Legrand, with whom she collaborated on "Legrand Affair," her upcoming CD, produced by Phil Ramone with a release date of October 18th, 2011 on Ghostlight Records. Her debut solo release on EMI, Blue Like That, released in 2003, was produced by Arif Mardin. Errico's second CD is titled Lullabies and Wildflowers and was released on April 29, 2008. As described by the USA Today the work was "inspired by her daughter and her fellow Moms, Errico's pure, clear voice sparkles with soulful and unmannered intimacy." The CD includes "Gentle Child", Errico's first recording of one of her own songs. Lullabies and Wildflowers was produced by Rob Mathes and was released by Velour/Universal Records. Errico has appeared in concert at Joe's Pub, the Kennedy Center, and Avery Fisher Hall, and extensively throughout the country with symphonies. In 2008, she made an acclaimed London concert debut at the Palladium with Angela Lansbury and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the 2009-2010 New York theater season, she made a return to Broadway since having three daughters. She starred in the Rosemary Clooney role in White Christmas followed by an acclaimed performance in the title role in George Bernard Shaw's Candida for which she was called "commanding" , "beguiling and enigmatic" and "gorgeous...a delight to behold" , earning her a Drama Desk nomination and filmed for Lincoln Center. In May 2010, she went on to star in the film Patrimony opposite Robert Vaughn, premiering at the Boston Film Festival in 2011. She played Fiona in Brigadoon for a one-night all-star staged benefit concert on Broadway in June 2010, which the New York Times called "exquisite". She followed in June 2011 with a revival of Camelot with her friend and mentor Jeremy Irons. In July 2011, she co-starred opposite Alec Baldwin in the Peter Shaffer drama The Gift of The Gorgon at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York.

In the fall of 2011, she filled in for Barbara Cook in a major fundraiser concertguested on the CBS drama "A Gifted Man," Her new CD "Legrand Affair" was released in October 2011. Her writing of a published essay called Musing explains the scope of the project, the countries travelled and her memories of the six years making the recording. She also appeared in a workshop of Regina Spektor's musical Beauty written and directed by Tina Landau.

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