MELISSA MANCHESTER, March 26 & 27 at 7PM & March 28 at 7PM & 9:30PM:
In this intimate evening highlighting her newly-released 20th album, You Gotta Love the Life, Melissa Manchester celebrates not only 40 years as a Grammy Award-winning performer and songwriter, but also a renewed independence and vitality. Join Manchester in her 54 Below debut to hear all-new originals, covers of enduring classics, and her own hits. “This … is my testimony of what I know to be true. Not anybody else’s version of telling me what a good idea it would be, but my own hard won sense of who I am and what I have been through and what I have learned,” she says. With You Gotta Love the Life, Manchester embraces the sum total of her multi-faceted career with verve and vibrancy. And while she may have more experience than she did when she got her start, her passion and drive remain undiminished. “My hunger is the same hunger I had when I was 17,” she says. Manchester’s career is remarkable not only for its longevity and accomplishments, but for its versatility. Following her stint as a founding member of Bette Midler‘s Harlettes, Manchester’s tremendously successful solo career brought her critical and commercial acclaim. The “Midnight Blue” singer received her first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for the Peter Allen/Carole Bayer Sager-penned “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” winning the Grammy in that category in 1979 then again for four years later for “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” Two songs she performed, “Through The Eyes Of Love” and “The Promise,” were nominated for Oscars in the same year. She has appeared on both the large screen in movies (For The Boys) and small screen in television (Blossom), as well as the stage, including co-creating the Ovation-nominated ballroom dance extravaganza Fascinating Rhythms. $50-70 cover charge. $100-110 premium seating. $25 food & beverage minimum.