'It's in your bones, this wonderful music'

Cabaret show in Steamboat at 7 tonight

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What: Andrea Marcovicci -- "If I Were A Bell The songs of Frank Loesser" When: 7:30 p.m. today Where: Strings in the Mountains Music Festival Tent Cost: $30 general admission What: The Art of Cabaret Workshop Concert When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Julie Harris Theatre at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp Cost: $10 -- Tickets for both shows are available in advance by calling Perry-Mansfield at 879-7125, or they can be purchased at the door the evening of the performance.

Cabaret -- the performance art that can include singing, acting, storytelling, comedy and dancing -- will be performed at its best in Steamboat tonight, as Andrea Marcovicci will take listeners on a tour of the songs of Frank Loesser.

Marcovicci is considered "one of the best performers of this genre anywhere in the world," said Andrew Levine, director of the musical theater program at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp.

And, listeners will be contributing to Perry-Mansfield because the show is a benefit for the performing arts school and camp.

Marcovicci has performed "If I Were A Bell -- The songs of Frank Loesser," across the country, including at the famed Algonquin Hotel in New York.

The show is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for all ages, Marcovicci said, because it highlights popular American songs that most people know.

"We have this great legacy of songs that we share," Marcovicci said. "It's in your bones, this wonderful music."

Cabaret, she said, is half research and learning and half performance. The research aspect allows Marcovicci to weave in stories about Loesser's pieces, which are featured in Hollywood movies and include Broadway shows such as "Guys and Dolls," "The Most Happy Fella," and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

"They think they're going to come and hear a bunch of lovely, romantic songs, but they leave much more educated," she said.

In fact, research is one of Marcovicci's strengths, Levine said.

"Andrea is known for her meticulous research and her ability to tell stories that share a new light on songs and performers we think we're familiar with," Levine said.

Marcovicci also is gifted at connecting with each member of the audience, making each person think she is singing only for him or her, Levine said.

Marcovicci said she enjoys that aspect of the performance and calls her shows a "conversation" with the audience.

Her performance comes in the middle of the weeklong master workshop at Perry-Mansfield, "The Art of Cabaret." Marco--vicci, along with five other professional Cabaret performers, directors and musical directors, are closely guiding 11 students through the workshop.

The students will perform their own concert Saturday.

Marcovicci was part of the workshop last summer, as well, the first time it was offered. Last summer, she performed "How's Your Romance? Andrea Marcovicci Sings Cole Porter."

-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203

or e-mail scunningham@steamboatpilot.com

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