Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester headlines at The Show at The Agua Caliente Resort and Casino on Saturday, February 25th at 8:00 pm. Although most widely known as a pop recording artist, Ms. Manchester is also an accomplished musical theatre artist having starred alongside Kelsey Grammer in the critically acclaimed Los Angeles production of Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece Sweeney Todd and in the world premiere of the musical Hats! in Chicago, for which she co-wrote several songs with Sarah Vaughn.
After graduating from the High School of the Performing Arts in New York (where she studied acting), Melissa entered New York University and enrolled in a songwriting class taught by Paul Simon. She landed a staff-writing job at Chappell Music and performed as a solo singer/pianist in the clubs of Greenwich Village, where she met Bette Midler and Barry Manilow. She worked as a back-up singer for Bette Midler and fulfilled her lifelong dream of playing Carnegie Hall. Six months later, she had a recording contract, and went on to headline at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, and performed for sold-out audiences across the country. Her songs have been recorded by Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss, RobertaFlack, Johnny Mathis, Kathy Mattea, Peabo Bryson and Cleo Laine, among many others. Her international hits "Through The Eyes Of Love" and "Don't Cry Out Loud" were written for her by her friend and frequent collaborator Carole Bayer Sager, Marvin Hamlisch and the late Peter Allen.
Melissa was nominated for a Grammy in 1978 and 1979 and received the Grammy Award in 1982 for Best Female Vocalist.
Melissa has combined her acting and singing talents in starring roles in Andrew Lloyd Weber's Song And Dance and Music Of The Night, and in a recurring role in the hit television series Blossom (NBC). She also worked again with Bette Midler, co-starring in the film For The Boys, released by 20th Century Fox. She wrote the musical I Sent A Letter To My Love, based on the acclaimed Bernice Rubens novel and performed the leading role in a National Public Radio broadcast and when the staged musical premiered at the North Shore Music Theatre in 2002.
Most recently, Melissa co-created and starred in the ballroom dance spectacular Fascinating Rhythms at the Rubicon Theatre, and her song "I Know Who I Am", co-written with Joanna Cotten and Greg Barnhill, was recorded by Multi-Platinum artist Leona Lewis for the Tyler Perry feature film For Colored Girls.
The Agua Caliente concert will feature this incredible vocal talent in an eclectic mix of her popular hits and some new surprises and is sure to be an unforgettable evening with one of America's brightest musical talents. Tickets can be purchased at www.hotwatercasino.com.