After being paired as co-stars in two hit New York productions – first, Stephen Sondheim’s dark and emotional Passion followed by Yip Harburg & Burton Lane’s delicious and politically-edged fairy tale Finian’s Rainbow, this dazzling duo have gone on to appear together nationwide in symphony concerts, and in intimate cabarets, including in brief glimpses at Feinstein’s/54 Below, and at Birdland Jazz Club. Great actors shine in great partnerships and this duo is one of those — a connection impossible to predict, moving from emotional rawness to full giddiness, and all points between.
In concert and out of costumed character, Ryan Silverman and Melissa Errico revel in their differences – his casual Canadian charm mixed with great baritone vocal strength, and her Manhattanite, quirky warmth and ebullience in the form of an exquisite lyric soprano. Now, for the first time, they have crafted a special full-length concert evening for Feinstein’s/54 Below! Audiences can expect a sparking and musically-exciting evening of strong character-driven duets and solos from such extraordinary scores as Passion, Kiss Me Kate, and The Bridges of Madison County, as well as songs like Sondheim’s “Too Many Mornings,” and light swinging fare such as “Night And Day,” and “Speak Low.” Plus, lots of classic Broadway romance and Silver Screen allure from “Some Enchanted Evening,” to Michel Legrand’s “Windmills of Your Mind.”
A popular concert artist nationwide, Ryan Silverman is an acclaimed Broadway leading man who has starred in such New York productions as Side Show and the Encores! The Golden Apple, as well as Passion and Finian’s Rainbow opposite Melissa. A Feinstein’s/54 Below favorite, Melissa Errico most recently performed two wildly-successful concert series celebrating the music of Stephen Sondheim; she is beloved to Broadway audiences for seven Broadway musicals including her Tony-nominated starring role in Michel Legrand’s Amour and My Fair Lady, as well as One Touch of Venus, and the recent Encores! Do I Hear A Waltz. This is a match made in theater heaven!
This show is part of Feinstein’s/54 Below’s Summer 2018 concert series: Duo Shows at 54! From partners to siblings to co-stars and beyond, these evenings will celebrate the special collaboration of two artists brought together. Join us as some of today’s greatest performers team up with each other for this unique and exciting series.
Ryan Silverman is “a natural leading man” and Errico, “the sterling-voiced Broadway actress emanates an easy, robust glow of pleasure that illuminates the stage. It goes without saying that she sings divinely.
The New York Times on Finian's Rainbow
With nuanced maturity [Ms. Errico] lends dimension and texture to Clara…but the production rises and falls on its Giorgio, and Mr. Silverman gives us one to stand in memory…this is a performance of risk-taking, unconditional emotional commitment.
The New York Times on Passion