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My Black and White New Year

1987 into 1988 I had just returned from a grueling six-month tour of Andrew Lloyd Weber's Song and Dance. I was, effectively Song as I occupied the stage alone for the entire first act. I'd never learned so much, never worked so hard and never dug so deep, emotionally and spiritually, to stay strong and sane. I was performing eight shows a week and, as the sole star of the musical, I had to do press on every day off in a new city. I also had my nine-month-old son, Nathan, with me, along with his [...]

February 13th, 2017|Categories: Journal|Tags: , , , |

Democracy, like love, is a living thing

This is where I was yesterday.  Sharing a historic moment with 750,000 fellow/sister citizens at the Women's March #womensmarchla. It was not my first march but it was for thousands in the crowd. I'd flown across the country from Massachusetts, early in the morning, watching CNN on the flight as it showed the remarkable march unfold while the sun was coming up across our beautiful nation. Democracy, like love, is a living thing. I'm not here to discuss the election, the results, the future. I am simply saying that I exercised my first amendment rights, like my [...]

January 22nd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Melissa Manchester Lends Her ‘Light” to Good Day Chicago’s Christmas Special

Singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester performs her original Hanukkah single, "Let There Be More Light," on Good Day Chicago's two-hour holiday special on Christmas day. Anchor Sylvia Perez says, "We wanted to make sure we included a Hanukkah segment in the show and Melissa's song is just perfect. We've been so excited about this." The song was written in answer to a terrorist bombing at a prayer meeting in Mumbai that claimed the life of a young rabbi and his pregnant wife. Manchester had the occasion to meet the young rabbi's best friend, also a rabbi, and to [...]

December 25th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Let There Be More Light

Several years ago, I lived by the ocean. You would think that it would be idyllic, right? But I found that the corrosive element of the salt air did odd things: It wilted celery I'd bought in the morning, turning it to a noodle-like substance by sunset. Salt air, literally, ate through a lovely brass plate I'd kept in a box in the garage. It was also an unexpected setting for a new song. In 2008, there was an awful massacre in Mumbai - a bomb blast in a Chabad Center, a place to service the [...]

November 27th, 2016|Categories: Journal|Tags: , , , , |

Let There Be More Light – Happy Hanukkah

In 2008, there was an awful massacre in Mumbai - a bomb blast in a Chabad Center, a place to service the needs of the entire community. A young rabbi and several others who worked there were murdered. I was shaken by this and wanted to sit among other Jews, somewhere, in order to mourn this awful occurrence...

November 27th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Making It with Terry Wollman

I had the most delightful interview with my dear friend and co-producer Terry Wollman on his new radio show "Making It with Terry Wollman", at entertalkradio.com. I was honored to be his very first guest. We chatted about life, music, integrity, laughter, and how to make it in the music business. You can listen here...

Melissa performs at the The O’Neill Cabaret & Performance Conference Aug 9.

Melissa Manchester will perform at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford August 9th. She is best known for her hit songs "Don't Cry Out Loud" and "Midnight Blue" (and for co-writing "Whenever I Call You Friend" with Kenny Loggins)...

BIG LIGHT (the dance mix) is now crossing the pond.

Delighted to be back on the charts again ... and it's a new one! BIG LIGHT (the dance mix) is on the New York Music Pool dance chart, opening at #44. The duet was originally released on, YOU GOTTA LOVE THE LIFE, one year ago today. This is a dance remix version, a hit in Europe, now crossing the pond.

In A Chair

Last July I broke my left ankle. Originally, there was a chance that both ankles suffered fractures but, as it turned out, the left one broke good and clean - no ligaments were torn to complicate matters - and the right ankle merely suffered a sprain, which recovered quickly. I had surgery, performed by an adorable young doctor who struck me more as a young kid in need of snack rather than as an accomplished surgeon. After surgery, where a metal plate and two screws were left to support my broken bones, I landed in a [...]

February 2nd, 2016|Categories: Journal|

The Sweet Potato Queens Musical, Premieres March 17 – 27, 2016 in Houston

Houston's Theatre Under The Stars's TUTS Underground will present the world premiere of a new musical featuring a score by Melissa Manchester (Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter) and Sharon Vaughn titled SWEET POTATO QUEENS. The Musical is loosely based on the life-story of #1 New York Times best-selling author and SPQ founder, Jill Conner Browne and featuring a collaboration with Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist and bookwriter Rupert Holmes. Holmes is the first person in theatrical history to solely win Tony® Awards for Best Book and Best Music and Lyrics, and Best Musical for The Mystery of Edwin Drood. [...]

January 27th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |