Melissa Manchester

March 30, 2011

April 2

Cabaret at the Columbia Club

You may know her as the singer/songwriter of the ’70s hits “Midnight Blue” and “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and a Best Female Vocal Performance Grammy winner for “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” You may even know that she was a member of Bette Midler’s backup group, the Harlettes. My favorite moment in Manchester’s career, though, was back in 2000 when she stood behind my seat at a Chicago workshop production of “I Sent a Letter to My Love,” a show she composed, and I could clearly sense the energy and passion she had for the project. For theaters looking for an intimate, very human chamber musical, it’s well worth a look.

 Maybe we’ll even hear a song from it when she takes the stage at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club this weekend. For details, click here.