[New York Peasant by Wilfrid: November 5, 2012]
If I wasn't prepared to battle shuttle buses and black-outs to dine out this week, I did make my way to "Broadway's Night Club" for a set by NoHo resident (herself blacked out) Melissa Errico.
I've been a star struck fan of hers since I saw her in Sunday in the Park With George at the Lincoln Center. She and Raul Esparza delivered the most passionate, draining, triumphant performances in a musical I've ever seen.
I've caught her in cabaret before too, and she's a special performer. The ten years which have passed since Sunday, featuring among other things three babies in two years, have been uncommonly kind to her -- as she demonstrated with a bombshell sequinned mini-dress, fishnets, and six inch heels. As the Times said -- not me -- "blinding glamor."
Highlights from the show: Michel Legrand's "The Summer Knows," "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Mis, and a hysterical, chaotic, high-speed "Not Getting Married Today" from Company.
She killed the encores too, with the heart-rending "When She Loved Me" from Toy Story, and a burst of Donna Summer ("Last Dance") for Studio 54.
A treasure, and time to start saving up to see her in Passion early next year. Good news: she's not playing Fosca.