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Melissa Errico’s Grand Achievement, 10 Years in the Making

A veteran Broadway vocalist collaborates with legends Michel Legrand and Phil Ramone

Legrand Affair, the new album from Broadway and cabaret headliner Melissa Errico, is, indeed, a grand affair, involving a 100-piece orchestra, 15 Michel Legrand compositions old and new, master producer Phil Ramone and several trans-Atlantic recording sessions. The story of its creation is as epic as the album itself, spanning six years, a half-dozen world capitals and the birth of three children.

Errico, one of the Great White Way’s brightest lights, whose recent credits include Finian’s Rainbow, My Fair Lady, Sunday In the Park with George, Camelot, Dracula, Anna Karenina, High Society and solo gigs at the Algonquin and the Café Carlyle, first met Legrand in 2002 when she was cast in his offbeat musical Amour. The show, a perhaps too boldly original, post-World War II fantasy, closed after just 17 performances, but the friendship between composer and star endured.

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