Nero & Philharmonic Pops Team Up with Andrea Marcovicci For Valentine’s
If you are looking
for a very special way to say “I Love You” to that important person in
your life, or just to treat yourself to a very special evening, plan to
attend the Love Songs of World War II on Monday evening, February 14.
The concert will be held in the Au Rene Hall at the Broward Center for
Performing Arts and begins at 8:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased at
the box office, by calling 954-462-0222 or online at www.curtainup.org.
A Chat With Andrea Marcovicci
By Tom David, Arts Editor
“torch singer, spellbinder, heartbreaker” (People), was hailed as the “most
Sinatra-like” of the new generation of cabaret performers by Life.
She has “an incandescent enthusiasm and a masterly balance between poignancy
and wit”, says The New York Times.
Andrea Marcovicci began
her career as an actress in the soap opera “Love is a Many Splendored Thing.”
She has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, in films and on television.
But her forte is cabaret or concert performances and that is what we are
being treated to here in Fort Lauderdale on Valentine’s Day. She
makes her home in Los Angeles, but keeps busy, on the road performing all
over the world. I managed to catch up with her on Monday, January
31 to chat a bit about her upcoming trip to Fort Lauderdale and her performance
at the Broward Center for Performing Arts.
What is it like being
an actress, chanteuse, wife and mother all at the same time? How
do you ensure each performance remains fresh and unique? How do you
adapt to performing in venues from a small cabaret to a huge concert hall?
These are some of the questions I posed to her.
Miss Marcovicci, mother
of a four year old daughter and wife to a busily working actor, spends
an average of 12 days a week (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) away from
home and in a non-average week much more. So who plays “mommy?”
That role falls to her husband, actor Daniel Reichert, who evidently does
a smashing job of it. So much so that the daughter calls her father
Mommy and her mother Daddy! There is a lesson in this somewhere.
We talked a great deal
about the music she’ll be performing (well known and not so well known
music from the 40’s, the war years) and how tremendously it impacts the
veterans in the audience. Florida has the greatest concentration
of WW II veterans in the entire United States and Fort Lauderdale has more
than its fair share. She says in the first several rows, where
she can still make eye contact with her audience, she sees great displays
of emotion, ranging from tears to jollity. Spouses of the veterans
are equally affected. At the conclusion of concerts like this she
asks for the veterans to stand and be applauded. She pointedly then makes
sure all veterans from all wars stand to be equally applauded.
When asked how she
copes with performing in spaces as widely divergent as an intimate cabaret
to a large concert hall, she responded, “If you can reach the front row
you can reach the very back row.” Each gesture, may look effortless
to the close up rows, but is actually pointedly exaggerated to be felt
in the far distances of the hall. The same amount of energy is needed
regardless of the size of the venue. Yoga and walking on a treadmill
make up her exercise regimen.
In addition to her
busy singing schedule, future performing plans include a fully staged production
of Lady in the Dark at the Hal Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia.
Being the busy lady that she is, she is pretty well booked until January
2001, at which time she plans to take four months off from singing and
take a holiday by making some “fun television movies!”
Phildanco! Flies through the air in
an outstanding evening of dance!
By Tom David
Whoever said man was not
meant to fly has not seen Phildanco perform. These sleek, well-trained
dancers broke all sorts of gravity barriers last night in their performance
at Amaturo Hall in the Broward Performing Arts Center. What powerful dancers
they are! Every movement was up and outward from the group
and upward once again. The energy streaming forth from these dancers
was highly contagious and you could see audience members literally on the
edge of their seats as they watched the performance raptly.
The company performed four
dances, “Labess II”, a simple dance of joyousness of place and a celebration
of self acceptance. “Echoes” was a tribute to Alvin Ailey, a dancer
not unknown for high-flying, “La Valse” to the stirring waltz music of
Maurice Ravel, and finally, “Beattyville”, an energetic and happy tribute
to master choreographer Talley Beatty. Each dance was unique in its
own way, but similarly united by the soaring upward and outward movement
of the bodies. The Graham legacy and training in the dancers was
evident, evident also that they had learned their lessons well.
It is impossible to give
any one dancer more credit than the other. If for no other reason,
they didn’t remain still
long enough to figure out who was who from the program. No matter!
This company exhibited strong team work and gorgeous dancing. It
was a wonderful way to spend an evening and the audience continuously let
them know their appreciation with whistles, loud applause ands shouts of
The Phildelphelphia Dance
Company (Phildanco) may be reached at email@example.com for information
about future performances.
The Great Debate
By Tom David
There is nothing subtle
about the production of ART, currently playing at the Parker Playhouse.
Hanging prominently center stage, at a slight tilt, its face away from
the audience, is a canvas. Its presence invites all manner of pre-show
speculation. The Playbill takes it a step further by proclaiming
the title of the show on its cover in bold primary colors. No doubt,
the topic of the evening’s entertainment is to be ART.
How many essays, dissertations,
comedy routines, dramas, etc., have been written about art? I dare
say thousands. In each, the creator is expressing his or her opinion
about the work under discussion. They like it. They hate it.
They LOVE it. They DETEST it. They’ll pay a fortune for it!
They wouldn’t put it in the barn. Hundreds upon hundreds of
words are employed in the discussion of art and in so doing, personal relationships
are often made, forged, tested sorely, and broken.
The human race, being
a somewhat literate one, enjoys all this fuss over whether something is
good art, bad art or even art at all. The dramas that unfold, the
broken marriages, the custodial fights - all for ART are good examples
of the role art plays in our lives.
The play, ART, as written
by Yasmina Reza, and translated by Christopher Hampton, is but one more
example of this on-going debate about art. She employs three characters
and an expensive piece of art to unfold ninety additional minutes to this
debate. She writes cleverly and the actors perform admirably.
The set is sleek and artful. It is an enjoyable, and not a trivial
ART, playing at the Parker
Playhouse through Sunday, February 13th.
For tickets telephone (954)