MELISSA ERRICO (Maria) burst upon the professional theater scene while only a freshman at Yale, landing the lead at 18-years old in the premier national touring company of Trevor Nunn's Les Miserables. After graduation, she went on to star in many Broadway shows, and has worked extensively in television, film, off-Broadway, and in music recording. Her Broadway credits include Eliza Doolittle in the most recent revival My Fair Lady (Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Helen Hayes noms.) - a role she joyfully reprised at The Hollywood Bowl in 2003 with John Lithgow, and followed up in 2005 with Camelot opposite Jeremy Irons. She starred in the original Broadway musicals Cole Porter's High Society (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Award nom., Bay Area Critics Winner, Drama League Honor), Michel Legrand's Amour, Dracula, and Anna Karenina. (cast albums available). It was during work on Amour (for which she was nominated for a 2003 Tony Award for "Best Leading Actress," the Outer Critics Circle Award, and received a New York Drama League Honor) that Errico began her solo music collaboration with her musical idol, film/pop/jazz composer Michel Legrand - which has resulted in appearances at clubs such as Vibrato in LA, The Oak Room, Lincoln Center Jazz, Joe's Pub, and a pop symphonic album of Legrand songs arranged and conducted by Michel, produced by Phil Ramone - for release in 2006.
Errico was selected by Stephen Sondheim to star as Dot/Marie in Sunday in the Park with George at the prestigious Sondheim Celebration at The Kennedy Center in 2002 (Helen Hayes nom.), a role she has triumphantly reprised since at Avery Fisher, Symphony Space and WNYC radio. Errico owes much of her early success to the City Center Encores! Series where she starred in Call Me Madam with Tyne Daly, and made a particular smash with her witty turn as the Goddess of Love in Kurt Weill's One Touch of Venus; winning the Lucille Lortel Best Actress Award for her dream role which she has often reprised in concert.
Throughout her career, Errico has had the opportunity to move seamlessly between stage, film, television, and music. Her film credits include Life Or Something Like It (opposite Angelina Jolie), Frequency, Picture This, Loose Women, Bury the Evidence, Mockingbird Don't Sing (Lifetime TV film), and Kevin Bacon's Loverboy (for release in summer 2006). Her TV credits include "Alex", a series regular on Darren Star's Central Park West (CBS); Miss Match, the ex-wife on Ed, The Norm Show, and Law And Order. She is also gradually developing a name for herself in the music world, with the release of her first CD on Capitol Records/EMI, entitled Blue Like That, produced by the legendary Arif Mardin.
Errico has sung on concert stages and at intimate clubs, from Avery Fisher Music Hall to The Living Room, from The Kennedy Center Opera House and The Hollywood Bowl to the Algonquin's Oak Room and The Barns of Wolf Trap. In 2004 Errico performed at the legendary Oak Room with her band in "Spring Fever" featuring original and classic sophisticated-rock standards by the likes of Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and younger new songwriters like her brother Mike Errico, who also played guitar. In 2006, she performed a sneak-preview of her Michel Legrand album in a sold-out concert at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, also heard on cd 101.9 radio. She is a regular at New York's Symphony Space "Wall to Wall" concert series where she has sung programs of Kurt Weill, Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim.
Errico lives in Manhattan and is married to tennis player, sports commentator, and U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe.