"Sondheim by the Shore"
July 17, 2021
SHOWTIME 8 PM
Holmdel Theatre Company is proud to announce their next installment of their 2021 Broadway Outside the Barn series with MELISSA ERRICO: "Sondheim by the Shore" on Saturday, July 17th at 8 PM ET.
Bring your lawn chairs and come listen to this Broadway legend comfortably from your safe, socially distanced pod on our lawn outside under the stars..
After multiple sold-out engagements on stages from
London, Paris, and coast-to-coast in the USA, Tony
Award-nominated singer, actress, and writer Melissa
Errico will dazzle with a special concert SONDHEIM BY THE SHORE to mark her Holmdel debut.
She brings her gorgeous voice, and a unique and
unpredictable intelligence, wit, and mischief to a
set list focusing on the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, but peppered with some of her other musical “passions” and obsessions including Rodgers & Hart, Stephen Schwartz, Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell and Michel Legrand. With classics and curios from Into the Woods, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Anyone Can Whistle, Company, A Little Night Music and songs from shows she has starred in, this concert is one no Sondheim or Broadway fan should miss!
Accompanied by the great jazz pianist Tedd Firth, Melissa will soar and delight with such Sondheim classics as "Send In The Clowns", "Children and Art", and "Goodbye, For Now".
Pods will be clearly marked in lawn and positioned 6’ apart, with the front row of pods 12’ from the performers.
Pods can accommodate from 1 to 6 people in each - ticket required for every person.
Patrons must bring their own blankets, lawn chairs or portable seating.
Patrons are invited to bring their own refreshments or coolers.
Patrons must wear masks while entering the venue or leaving their pod to use the restroom.
Hand sanitizing stations will be available outside the lobby entrance and the restrooms.
Filming of any kind is prohibited.
Smoking is prohibited, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes or any other vaping devices.
Venue security will enforce ground rules, which will follow current CDC and State of New Jersey guidelines for outdoor events.
In the event of inclement weather, patrons will receive an email as early as possible with a show update.
Photo by Jenny Anderson
“The Maria Callas of American musical theater,” as Opera News has called her, referencing both her crystalline voice and dramatic, expressive intensity, Melissa Errico is a Tony Award-nominated Broadway star -- an actress, singer and author who contributes regularly to The New York Times. The Wall Street Journal recently referred to her as a "nonpareil cabaret singer".
First known for her starring roles on Broadway, including My Fair Lady, High Society and Les Miserables, her recent album, Sondheim Sublime, was called by The Wall Street Journal “The best all-Sondheim album ever recorded.”
Errico’s history with Sondheim began when he selected her to star as Dot in Sunday In The Park With George at The Kennedy Center, and she has since co-starred as Clara in Passion at Classic Stage Company and in the NY City Center Encores! production of the Sondheim/Rodgers musical Do I Hear A Waltz? In April 2020, she appeared in the much-talked about Sondheim 90th Birthday Concert with Broadway.com and in May, was featured on the PBS Poetry in America episode about Sondheim which featured Melissa singing “Finishing the Hat.” In addition to Sondheim, nothing in her work has been more constant than her association with composer Michel Legrand.
Having starred in his sole Broadway show, Amour, she went on to collaborate with him on the iconic album Legrand Affair. After his death in 2019, she was asked to write his eulogy by The New York Times and was then invited to be the sole American performer in the extraordinary two-day memorial to Legrand held in April, 2019 at Paris’ Le Grand Rex Theatre. Warner Music/Ghostlight Records recently reissued her symphonic album, which Legrand arranged & conducted, as Legrand Affair (Deluxe Edition).
Even at the height of the pandemic, she has managed to keep her voice and presence alive to her audience. Not only offering multiple live-streams and conversations -- teaching master classes for students across the country and producing a delicious at-home cooking show "The Honest Cook" on Instagram—she has also been amazingly busy with concert and on-line cabaret, including an often-singled-out appearance on the Sondheim birthday special, and a holiday program for the Bay Street Theater that the Wall Street Journal called “a fetching performance in which her radiant singing and impeccable diction were shown off to ideal effect.” Her plans for the coming year include an expanded collection of her TIMES series, “Scenes From An Acting Life”, as well as a series of concerts for New York’s Alliance Francaise, and the development of her own dramatic one woman show for The Irish Rep in Manhattan.
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