Photo Coverage: Melissa Manchester Plays BLUE NOTE

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Melissa Manchester just brought her solo concert to Blue Note. In addition to her many hit songs and albums, the New York-born Manchester has written for and acted in films, television and the stage. An early achiever, she sang jingles and was a staff writer for Chappell Music while attending the High School for Performing Arts. BroadwayWorld brings you complete coverage below!

A protégée of Barry Manilow and Bette Midler, she parlayed her notoriety on Manhattan’s club scene into a recording career. Her debut releases “Home to Myself” and “Bright Eyes” led to “Melissa” (1975), which featured her first top ten hit, “Midnight Blue.” She earned a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance (“Don’t Cry Out Loud”), and in 1983 she won the Grammy in that category for her 1982 hit, “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.”

Throughout the 1980’s she placed hit singles on the Adult Contemporary charts, including her version of Dionne Warwick’s hit “Walk on By” from the acclaimed album “Tribute” (1989), and the modern standard “Come in from the Rain.” In 1980 she was the first artist in the history of the Academy Awards to have two nominated movie themes in a single year – “Through the Eyes of Love” and “The Promise” – and she went to make more Oscar history by performing both songs during the world.

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Stephen Sorokoff Stephen's life seems to have always revolved around a camera and a piano. He studied at Manhattan School of Music and performed in the "Borsht Belt" during college vacations, where in the true DIRTY DANCING tradition he met his wife Eda. Stephen was a Board Member of the First All Children's Theater and his wife, a classical pianist, is a Board Member of Barrington Stage Co. In between he made time to be CEO of a multi national machinery company and President of a domestic Textile Mfg. Co. In retirement, he now takes pictures of his 5 grandchildren and various other performers.