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Melissa Manchester in Concert at Alper JCC

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Posted on 01/31/2013 @ 05:34 PM

Melissa Manchester the legendary singer/songwriter and actress, returns to the Robert Russell Theater for a command performance. The celebrated career of this dynamic talent is filled with her countless movie scores, recurring television roles and theatrical stage presentations. On Thursday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m., the compelling voice of this Grammy-Award winner can be heard when she performs for one night only at the Alper JCC.

After graduating from the High School of the Performing Arts it didn’t take long for her talents to be recognized. Melissa entered New York University and enrolled in a songwriting class taught by Paul Simon. She landed a staff-writing job at Chappell Music and performed as a solo singer/pianist in the clubs of Greenwich Village. While working in the New York jingle singing circuit, she met Bette Midler and Barry Manilow.

As a back-up singer for Bette, Melissa fulfilled her childhood fantasy of playing Carnegie Hall. Six months later, she had a recording contract, and went on to headline at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, and performed for sold-out audiences across the country. As they say, the rest is history.

Melissa and Kenny Loggins co-wrote the radio classic "Whenever I Call You Friend", and Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, and Mel Torme are a few of the performers who have recorded her songs. Her friend and frequent collaborator Carole Bayer Sager, Marvin Hamlisch and the late Peter Allen, wrote her international hits, “Through The Eyes Of Love” and “Don’t Cry Out Loud.”

Melissa was nominated for a Grammy in 1978 and 1979 and received the Grammy Award in 1982 for Best Female Vocalist. In 1980 she became the first artist in the history of the Academy Awards to have two nominated movie themes in a given year -- "Through The Eyes Of Love" and "The Promise" -- and went on the make Oscar history by performing both songs during the worldwide telecast.

Melissa has combined her acting and singing talents in starring roles such as Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Song And Dance and Music Of The Night, and in a recurring role in the hit television series Blossom. On stage in LA, she co-starred with Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”), in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, and recently starred in the Chicago premiere of HATS!, a new musical that contains several songs she co-wrote.

She also composed for Disney's The Great Mouse Detective, co-wrote the score for Lady And The Tramp II, and co-wrote the song “I Know Who I Am” that was in Tyler Perry’s film For Colored Girls. In addition, she has just released her sixteenth CD.

Melissa Manchester is the recipient of the Governor’s Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for her contributions to the music and recording arts, and her body of work to date as a singer/songwriter was a featured exhibit at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Concert tickets are $40 ($35 for JCC members) and may be purchased online at www.alperjcc.org or by calling 305.271.9000 x 268. The Alper JCC Robert Russell Theater is located at 11155 SW 112 Avenue, Miami, FL 33176.

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