The Performing Arts Center will present Andrea Sings Astaire on Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. Tickets are $26 (orchestra/front balcony) and $21 (rear balcony). They are half price for UGA students with valid ID. Discount tickets are available for groups. The show stars Andrea Marcovicci, hailed as the “queen of cabaret” by The New York Times, in a musical tribute to the songs made famous by Fred Astaire.
Andrea Sings Astaire weaves music and storytelling into a definitive career summary of the legendary singer and dancer. The show focuses, in particular, on Astaire’s relationships with the composers who wrote for him. For more than three decades, Astaire introduced more hit songs than any other recording star, filling the great American song book with such classics as “Night and Day,” “A Foggy Day” and “Change Partners.” Marcovicci features these and more than two dozen more standards in her song list for Andrea Sings Astaire, including “Cheek to Cheek,” “The Continental,” “One for My Baby” and “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails.”
Marcovicci said composers clamored to have Astaire sing as well as dance to their songs because “he had such an egoless devotion to the tune.” Renowned composers such as Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin and the Gershwins all penned songs exclusively tailored to Astaire’s unforced method and subtle phrasing. Praised as “the epitome of elegance and showbiz savvy” by Variety, Marcovicci has entertained audiences from coast to coast with her critically acclaimed shows for more than 20 years.
An actress and singer, Marcovicci began her career on the daytime television series Love Is a Many Splendored Thing. Her film credits include The Front with Woody Allen; The Hand with Sir Michael Caine; The Stuff with Michael Moriarty; The Canterville Ghost with Sir John Gielgud; and Jack the Bear as Elizabeth Leary.