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April 6, 2012

MELISSA MANCHESTER - HUGELY ENTERTAINING



Melissa and Lee. Courtesy Photo by Steven Underhill




MELISSA MANCHESTER

O.K. HERE’S THE DEAL. MELISSA MANCHESTER GIVES THE MOST SPECTACULAR, RAVISHING MUSICAL EXPERIENCE THAT YOU WILL EVER HEAR

Melissa really means it when she sings the Kenny Loginns song, “Whenever I Call You Friend.”  The thing about Manchester is that she really pours her heart out with “Midnight Blue” and “Rainbird” from a movie that starred Mary Steenburgen. “She’s a great actress, Manchester says: “You should see this movie – you can get it on DVD or on “You Tube”.

The Manilow Medley – was absolutely stunning. Although, Manilow was not there is person – she sang with him. He was on two big screens on each side of the stage, with Melissa in the middle singing soulful songs with Manilow. You can’t get any more perfect than that.

Manchester wowed us with “Come In From The Rain” and “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” You will sing, you will dance and you will fall in love all over again with Melissa. It took my breath away. It was a magical evening. I know that it’s not Valentine’s Day – but Melissa brought one to the Rrazz Room for us all.

This show is the most musical effervescent delight I’ve had in years. So, “Don’t Cry Out Loud” – (Melissa’s song). You know what – she should play the lead in “Sunset Boulevard” – she would make a great ‘Norma Desmond”. Are you listening Broadway?

Melissa gave a glorious tribute to the Late and Fabulous Dusty Springfield with Dusty’s well-known “Son of A Preacher Man.”

Make no mistake about it – Manchester gives an evening of haunting and brilliant music. It’s locked in my brain – I can’t get those tunes out of my head. But I’ll leave you with the Carol Sager and Peter Allen song – “Don’t Cry Out Loud.” Quite simply – Melissa is brilliant!

NOW PLAYING AT THE RRAZZ ROOM THROUGH SATURDAY

RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! – (highest rating) – trademarked- 

*enhanced coverage @ beyondchron

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and he produced and hosted a long-running Arts Segment on PBS-KQED)))   




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