Andrea Marcovicci | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., July 17, 8 p.m., Sat., July 18, 8 p.m., Sun., July 19, 7 & 9:30 p.m. and Mon., July 20, 8 p.m. 2009
Price: $35
Cabaret star Andrea Marcovicci has played Chicago pretty regularly over the past two decades, but she’s usually appeared at large venues like Park West or Symphony Center. This four-night engagement at the 80-seat Wicker Park boite Davenport’s is a rare opportunity to see her in a setting comparable to her home base in New York, the Algonquin Hotel’s famed Oak Room. The finest cabaret singer of the baby boom generation—influenced as much by pop-folk stars like Joni Mitchell as by older artists like Mabel Mercer and Frank Sinatra—Marcovicci is also a seasoned actress whose credits range from feature films and Broadway productions to TV soap operas and New York’s Shakespeare in the Park (she played Ophelia opposite Sam Waterston’s Hamlet). Though her once bell-like voice has grown husky with age, the 60-year-old Marcovicci remains skilled at mining un­expected nuances from familiar standards. She honors the beauty of classic songs and explores the dramatic complexities of their lyrics, and onstage she maintains a warm yet regal presence and an intimate connection to both her material and her audience. In the show she’s performing here, Marcovicci Sings Movies II, she pays tribute to icons of American cinema—Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Audrey Hepburn—and to the brilliant songwriters who wrote for them, including Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Leo Robin, and Henry Mancini. Her theme is the way Hollywood has shaped our concept of love—a subject to which she brings a captivating blend of ironic bemusement, analytical intelligence, and unabashed romanticism. All shows are sold out except Sunday's 9:30 PM performance—just added as of Friday evening. —Albert Williams

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