No CD collection would be complete without "As Time Goes By: The Best of Andrea Marcovicci". Some of Andrea’s most requested songs are here including "The Folks Who Live on the Hil", "Two For The Road" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes". Beginning in 1988 with "Marcovicci Sings Movies" and ending with two never before recorded tracks, "The Lies of Handsome Men" and "Young at Heart", this CD features material from six out-of-print CDs, (Marcovicci Sings Movies; What is Love?; Just Kern; Always, Irving Berlin; Live From London; and the Mabel Mercer tribute, Some Other Time) and two soon to be out-of-print discs (New Words and Here There and Everywhere) and the still available If I Were a Bell ~ The Songs of Frank Loesser. Songwriters represented include Irving Berlin, William Finn, Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Henry Mancini, Cole Porter and Maury Yeston among others. Andrea’s voice, sultry at times, exudes warmth on these selections and the material is Marcovicci at her most tender, most romantic, and most captivating. The stories that Andrea shares for the12-page color booklet are surprising and delightful. Like this one for "After You, Who?", “We chose this one by Cole Porter because no other song so perfectly captures the deliciously painful moment when you realize that you’ve met Mr. Right – but that you’re so worried about losing him you can’t have fun anyway!”
JOURNALISTS AROUND THE WORLD HAVE SUNG THE PRAISES OF ANDREA MARCOVICCI
“The greatest cabaret star of her generation. She sings with a haunting tenderness that once heard is never forgotten.” The International Herald Tribune, London
"A voice capable of a thousand inflections." Opera Actual, Barcelona
On the west coast:
“The gold standard of cabaret singers.” Los Angeles Daily News
“She evokes the emotional atmosphere of each song with a deft touch.” San Francisco Examiner
“Marcovicci enfolds you in an Arpege perfume embrace of song and story.” Seattle Times
In the middle of the country:
“There's no pretense here: Marcovicci sincerely cherishes the songs she performs.” The Cedar Rapids Gazette
“(Her renditions) all swing, or strut, or sigh, or simper,” (the kind of music) best listened to by lovers — of each other, of the sultry, or of masters of style and craft” The Santa Fe New Mexican
On the east coast:
“Andrea Marcovicci has an incandescent enthusiasm.” The New York Times
“Marcovicci's phrasing is subtle and superb.” NY Daily News
“She has the capacity to caress a song with a warming embrace.” Variety
“Sublimely moving.” NY Sun
DIVA TALK: "Best of Marcovicci"
By Andrew Gans
05 Jun 2009
FOR THE RECORD: "As Time Goes By: The Best of Andrea Marcovicci"
It's hard to believe that the perennially youthful cabaret favorite Andrea
Marcovicci, a long-time fixture at the Oak Room of New York's Algonquin
Hotel, recently celebrated her 60th birthday. True to form, the singing
actress marked that milestone in high style: with a star-studded concert at
Manhattan's Town Hall and the release of a career retrospective CD, "As Time
Goes By: The Best of Andrea Marcovicci."
The 17-track disc, now available on the AndreaSong label, features tunes
from nine previous Marcovicci recordings - "Marcovicci Sings Movies"; "What
Is Love?"; "Just Kern"; "Always, Irving Berlin"; "New Words"; "Live From
London"; "Some Other Time, Marcovicci Sings Mabel Mercer"; "Here, There and
Everywhere"; and "If I Were a Bell: The Songs of Frank Loesser" - as well as
two newly recorded songs: "Lies of Handsome Men" and "Young at Heart."
It was Marcovicci's premiere recording, the aforementioned "Marcovicci Sings
Movies" album (1988), that made a life-long fan out of this theatre writer.
At the time I was hosting a college radio program at Brandeis University,
and I still remember purchasing the record in Harvard Square and promptly
heading back to the small radio station, where I was thrilled by the
singer's clear, reedy tones, a wonderful mix of Broadway belting and the
more ethereal sounds of a folk singer. Marcovicci's skills as a lyrical
interpreter were also evident; I was particularly taken by her renditions of
the "Tootsie" charmer "It Might Be You," her full-voiced "Here Lies Love"
and the moving "Someone to Love." Four other impressive tracks from that
debut recording are included on "The Best of Andrea Marcovicci": "As Time
Goes By," "On Such a Night as This," "Two for the Road" and "The Folks Who
Live on the Hill."
Other highlights of the compilation recording include three gems from "What
Is Love?" (the heartbreaking "After You, Who?," the joyous "Beyond Compare"
and perhaps the greatest recording of the pop standard "These Foolish
Things" out there); a haunting pairing of the little-heard "The Touch of
Your Hand" with "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"; a wonderful song cycle that
incorporates four Irving Berlin tunes: "Say It Isn't So," "What'll I Do,"
"Remember" and "Suppertime"; and Maury Yeston's touching "New Words."
Executive produced by Marcovicci and produced by Lesley Alexander, the CD
includes a full-color booklet with extensive notes by the singer about her
song choices for her newest recording.
MBR: The Library CD Music Shelf
Midwest Book Review - CD Review: July 30, 2009
As Time Goes By: The Best of Andrea Marcoviccci
Andrea Marcovicci is a cabaret singer whose justifiable enjoys an
international reputation for the quality and artistry of her
performances which now span more than three decades. "As Time Goes By:
The Best Of Andrea Marcovicci" truly lives up to its title as
seventeen of her greatest performances are flawlessly reproduced in
this memorable CD recording. Two of the performances ('Lies of
Handsome Men' and 'Young at Heart') have been newly recorded, while
the other fifteen (including the title piece 'As Time Goes By') are
drawn from her earlier album collections. With a total running time of
64:44, "As Time Goes By" is a 'must' for her legions of fans, and will
well serve to one of 'the best in the business' to a whole new
generation of appreciative listeners.
ABOUT ANDREA MARCOVICCI: ABOUT ANDREA MARCOVICCI: Andrea Marcovicci, the Queen of Cabaret, "torch singer, spellbinder, heart-breaker" (People) was hailed as the "most Sinatra-like" of the new generation of cabaret performers by Life Magazine. She “has the capacity to caress a song with a warming embrace… Marcovicci steals the heart …the epitome of elegance and showbiz savvy,” declared Variety, while Stephen Holden wrote in The New York Times, "Andrea Marcovicci has an incandescent enthusiasm and a masterly balance between poignancy and wit."
Cabaret legend Andrea Marcovicci has entertained sold-out audiences from coast to coast whenever touring her numerous critically acclaimed shows. She holds the record for the most seasons ever played at New York's legendary Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel - twenty-five years - and is the final performer ever to perform there! She's also played to sold-out houses at the esteemed LICEU Opera House in Barcelona, at Town Hall in New York, and at her Carnegie Hall solo concert.
In 2005 Andrea released her very own Calendar replete with luscious photos and anecdotes of her life and career in television, film and theatre. An actress and singer, Andrea began on the daytime television series "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing". She debuted on Broadway in "Ambassador", the musical adaptation of the novel by Henry James, staring Howard Keel and last appeared on the Great White Way in Frank D. Gilroy's play "Any Given Day" with Sada Thompson. Her numerous appearances off-Broadway include "Coco" at the York Theatre, "The Wedding of Iphigenia", "Variety Obit", and "The Seagull". She performed Ophelia to Sam Waterston's Hamlet for Joseph Papp's Shakespeare in the Park. Regionally, she received rave reviews for leading roles in "St. Joan", "Burn This", and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at the American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco and her most recent of many appearances at 42nd Street Moon, SF, (where Andrea had previously starred as Daisy in "On A Clear Day"), in the title role of "Coco", played to sold-out houses. In Los Angeles, she starred opposite Anthony Newley in "Chaplin", portraying all the legendary actor's wives and starred in the Philadelphia revival of "Lady in the Dark" at the Prince Music Theatre. Her film credits include: "The Front" (nominated for a Golden Globe Award) with Woody Allen, "The Hand" with Sir Michael Caine, "The Stuff" with Michael Moriarty, "Spacehunter" with Peter Strauss, "The Canterville Ghost" with Sir John Gielgud, Henry Jaglom's "Someone To Love" (featuring Orson Welles in his last film appearance), and "Jack the Bear", as Danny DeVito's wife. Her many television appearances include "General Hospital," "Arliss" for HBO, "Cybil", "Taxi", "Magnum P.I.", "Hill Street Blues", and "Trapper John, M.D.", among others and numerous made-for-television movies. She has appeared in two Henry Jaglom films - "Irene in Time" and "Someone to Love" for which she provided commentary for the DVD release.
Andrea was most honored to usher in the Millennium with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Her concert work includes appearances with the San Francisco Pops, Florida Philharmonic, and Oregon and Ft. Worth Symphonies among others. Her 1993 Carnegie Hall solo debut, with the American Symphony Orchestra, was to a sold-out audience. Prior to that, Carnegie Hall commissioned "December Songs" specifically created for Andrea by Maury Yeston. The concert was then reconceived as a ballet by Lynn Taylor Corbett and premiered with Andrea at The Carolina Ballet in 2002. Lincoln Center commissioned both her Noel Coward show and her "Kurt Weill in America". The latter was recreated for cast and appeared as part of the prestigious Lyrics & Lyricists series at the 92Y where Andrea has four times served as Guest Artistic Director and Director, and twice directed the "Cabaret Concert for Young Audiences" at the New York Cabaret Convention.
Enjoying the intimate art of cabaret performance, Andrea has appeared at numerous prestigious nightclubs throughout the country including the famed Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel in New York City, The Rrazz Room in San Francisco, Le Chat Noir of New Orleans, The Gardenia in Hollywood, and many others. Her London cabaret debut in 1994 sold out a one-month engagement at the Music Room at Pizza on the Park. Sheridan Morley, theater critic of The Spectator and The International Herald-Tribune, called her "the greatest cabaret star of her generation." Peter Hepple in The Stage and Television Today wrote, "Marcovicci cast her spell, with a voice of supreme tenderness, much rangier than at first appeared, with a thrillingly controlled vibrato, marvelous diction and phrasing that can only come from a skilled actress."
Andrea Marcovicci has performed at the White House and her numerous fundraising efforts have produced everything from building additions to aiding the disenfranchised. In recognition of her accomplishments in the arts, she is the recipient of several awards and honors including three Lifetime Achievement Awards and two honorary degrees.