Photo Flash: Stars Toast Melissa Errico on Release of New Album, 'Sondheim Sublime'
Tuesday night, luminaries from the Broadway and music industries gathered at the stunning new landmark building 108 Leonard Street in Tribeca to celebrate the release of Sondheim Sublime, the new album from Tony Award-nominated singer & actress Melissa Errico. Co-Hosted by Cristina Cuomo, guests included music icon Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary), Errico's husband tennis star and ESPN commentator Patrick McEnroe, acclaimed NYC artist Rachel Feinstein, Apple VP Doug Beck, handbag designer Kathy Kwei, restaurateur & burlesque star Marja Sampson, Tony Award-winners Karen Ziemba & Alice Ripley, Tony Award-nominees Stephen Bogardus, Robert Cuccioli & Will Swenson, Broadway stars Ben Davis and Ken Jennings (one of the original stars of Sweeney Todd on Broadway opposite Angela Lansbury), Met Opera star tenor Richard Troxell, singer Sasha Lazard, Indian film star & producer Ritu Pande, million dollar Met Museum donor Ellen Marcus, and the album's producer Rob Mathes (who is also the main producer for Sting and Elvis Costello).
Errico treated partygoers at this intimate soirée to a beautiful live performance of 3 songs from the album including "Sooner or Later" (originally written for and performed by Madonna for the film Dick Tracy), she was introduced by her friend Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker.
On the album, Sondheim Sublime - available at www.SondheimSublime.com - Errico shares a soulful and heartfelt take on Sondheim's work. Accompanied by pianist Tedd Firth, Errico's interpretations are electric and ecstatic, offering a new understanding of the emotional intensity that reflects Sondheim's virtuosic magic. Renowned photographer Brigitte Lacombe photographed Melissa for the album cover art. It's a program of songs of love and life lessons, including a perfectly protective mother's version of "Not While I'm Around" - while still having time for a provocative "Sooner or Later."
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. She has since gone on to perform many tribute concerts for Sondheim at such venues as Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and The Natural History Museum. Errico was honored to co- star as Clara in Passion at Classic Stage Company and in the 2016 New York City Center Encores! season, Melissa tackled one of Sondheim's most controversial heroines as Leona in Do I Hear A Waltz?
108 Leonard is a quietly spectacular, McKim Mead and White-designed landmark situated in coveted Tribeca. The meticulous restoration and thoughtful residential transformation of this masterwork is sponsored by C3GB LLC with development managed by Elad Group. 108 Leonard offers a unique style of luxurious condominium residences which juxtapose the elegant bones and dramatic proportions of this venerable structure with distinctly modern, finely detailed interiors. As one of the nation's leading real estate companies, Elad Group focuses on the acquisition, development, and conversion of architecturally significant residential and commercial properties in key markets throughout the United States.
And after two sold-out engagements in NYC and sold-out engagements in Washington, DC and London, Melissa Errico will return to Feinstein's/54 Below for three more shows on November 1, 2 and 3 at 7:00PM with her acclaimed Sondheim concert to celebrate the release of the album. Tickets are $40-$80 & can be purchased at www.54Below.com or by phone at 646-476-3551.
Photo Credit: @Sspider