Andrea Marcovicci says that she developed a love for films and the music associated with them, watching WOR, Channel 9’s, “Million Dollar Movie,” while growing up in New York City, during the 50’s. “I had a black and white childhood instead of a color childhood,” she says.
Paying tribute to stars of the silver screen, Marcovicci, the “Queen of Cabaret,” (a title she says was bestowed on her years ago by someone at San Francisco’s KGO radio) will open the 2011 Cabaret at the Columbia Club, when she performs in Marcovicci Sings Movies, presented by Indianapolis Power & Light, this Friday, February 25th and Saturday, the 26th at 8:00 p.m.
Having just completed a Florida tour, Marcovicci spoke by phone recently with the Examiner from her home in Studio City, California. Explaining that the show to be performed here is one of five separate shows she tours, she went on to say that this particular one is perfect for the Oscar-themed, black-tie optional, two-day event, taking place right before this Sunday’s Academy Awards presentation.
Excited about appearing in a venue as historic as the Crystal Terrace at the Columbia Club, Marovicci says, “I prefer to do my work in older rooms, because the older songs belong in older spaces rather than newer ones where the space doesn’t evoke the song and the song doesn’t evoke the space.”
Featuring a two story Oscar at the entrance of the Columbia Club, a red carpet and champagne after each performance, the Cabaret’s Marcovicci show will illustrate how movie music serves as a soundtrack of our lives.
As far as her own life, Marovicci says that her parents (her father was a physician) loved to dance, so many of her early memories are of the two of them dancing to this same music in their home. She also remembers that they also loved to go out dancing. “He always wore a tuxedo and she wore Arpège and they were dazzling. They were my Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.”
“I’ll be singing Oscar nominated songs such as “It Might Be You,” and “Long Ago (and Far Away),” Oscar winners, such as “Call Me Irresponsible,” “Moon River,” and “The Way We Were,” songs that should have won an Oscar, and stories about the great stars like Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, and Bing Crosby.,” says the singer who actually started her career as an actress.
Saying that she will be sharing stories about her experiences as film actress, (she was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1977 for her supporting role in Woody Allen’s The Front), Marcovicci joked about her background in television, another media in which she has been active. “I was the 70’s queen of nighttime episodic television in which I always played the vulnerable heroine,” she laughed.
As far as what audiences can expect when they come to see her, Marcovicci says “It’s a very romantic show and it’s zanier than what you would expect. When you hear that the high priestess of the American Songbook will be singing you think it’s going to serious but it’s not.”
For Marcovicci Sings Movies tickets call 317.275.1169, or order online at www.TheCabaret.org.