Melissa Errico: Legrand Affair

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Melissa Errico

Legrand Affair

Venetian Room, San Francisco, CA, May 19, 2019

Reviewed for Cabaret Scenes by Steve Murray

Melissa Errico

Bay Area Cabaret closed its 15th season on a high note, presenting the multi-talented Melissa Errico and her heartwarming homage to mentor, collaborator, and longtime friend Michel Legrand. Through personal anecdotes, smart song selections, and lovely arrangements, Errico and music director Alex Rybeck, a three-time MAC award winner, offered an eclectic variety of the late composer’s exquisite melodies.
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Errico, who’s worked in film, television, stage, and print, won a Best Actress Tony nomination for her role in Amour, a musical fantasy with a score by Legrand and performed the cute “Other People’s Stories” (lyrics: Didier Van Cauwelaert).

Errico hit the ground running with a medley of “Watch What Happens” (lyrics: Norman Gimbel), “Windmills of Your Mind,” (lyrics: Alan and Marilyn Bergman), and a lush rendition of “Something New in My Life” (the Bergmans). My favorite Legrand song is “The Summer Knows” (the Bergmans), his Oscar-winner from the film The Summer of 42, and Errico nails its wistful melancholy. A prolific film composer, Legrand’s flirtatious “His Eyes, Her Eyes” (the Bergmans) from The Thomas Crown Affair highlights Errico’s fine vocal chops.

Charles Trenet’s “L’âme des poètes,” a French chanson celebrating poets and poetry, was part of a loving tribute to Legrand’s Paris. A fast and jazzy “I Love Paris” (Cole Porter) from Can-Can and Sondheim’s “Everybody Loves Louis” from Sunday in the Park with George” transport us to the city of lights which has served as Legrand’s muse. Local bassist Daniel Fabricant added the rhythm to the evening and jazz guitarist Bob Brumbeloe elevated “You Must Believe in Spring” (lyrics: Jacques Demy) and “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” to new heights.
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Legrand worked with lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman on the latter, and Errico added in the trio’s collaboration on Yentl’s uber-romantic “The Way He Makes Me Feel.”

By the time she sang her encore of Legrand’s “Dis Moi” (lyrics: Françoise Sagan) from the 19791 French film Un peu de soleil dans l’eau froide (A Little Sun in Cold Water), Errico had won our hearts. She’s talented, and charismatic and knows how to work a crowd from her years of theater experience. She is and will continue to be the premiere interpreter of the musical legacy of Michel Legrand.

Steve Murray

Always interested in the arts, Steve was encouraged to begin producing and, in 1998, staged four, one-man vehicles starring San Francisco's most gifted performers. In 1999, he began the Viva Variety series, a live stage show with a threefold mission to highlight, support, and encourage gay and gay-friendly art in all the performance forms, to entertain and document the shows, and to contribute to the community by donating proceeds to local non-profits. The shows utilized the old variety show style popularized by his childhood idol Ed Sullivan. He’s produced over 150 successful shows, including parodies of Bette Davis’s gothic melodramedy Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte and Joan Crawford’s very awful Trog. He joined Cabaret Scenes 2007 and enjoys the writing and relationships he’s built with very talented performers.