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), but did you know that, early in her career, she was a founding member of Bette Midler’s Harlettes and that she studied songwriting at NYU with Paul Simon? Last year, she released her first album since 2004; on “You Gotta Love the Life,” on the album she performs with Steve Wonder, Keb’ Mo’ and Dionne Warwick, among others. If you don’t already have it, check it out on Amazon.

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford
Show time: 8 p.m.
Address: O’Neill, 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford.
Ticket price: $50

Additional Cabaret & Performance Conference shows

Aug. 3: Cabaret Opening Ceremonies and Variety Show; free admission.
Aug. 4: Brad Simmons’ “In the Company of Strangers: The Music of Paul Simon” (Simmons is head of the Junior Fellows Program)
Aug. 5: “An Evening with Norm Lewis”
Aug. 6: “Molly Pope Likes Your Status”
Aug. 7: “The Barb Jungr & Lennie Watts Show”
Aug. 9: Melissa Manchester
Aug. 10: “Fun! Fun! Fun!: The Music of the Beach Boys” featuring The Cabaret Junior Fellows
Aug. 11: “An Evening with the Fellows.” Emerging artists on the cabaret scene in a concert of new songs and classics.
Aug. 12: Karen Mason in “Mason’s Makin’ Music”
Aug. 13: Cabaret Grand Finale featuring guest artist and fellows

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