Melissa Errico

Melissa Errico

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Melissa Errico
Born Melissa Errico
(1970-03-23) March 23, 1970 (age 47)
New York, New York
Occupation Actress
Recording Artist
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Patrick McEnroe (19th December 1998 – present)
Children Victoria Penny McEnroe (b. 21st April 2006)
Diana Katherine McEnroe and Juliette Beatrice McEnroe (b. 19th November 2008)

Melissa Errico is an American actress, singer, recording artist and writer. She is perhaps best known for her leading Broadway musical roles such as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Kurt Weill’s One Touch of Venus, and as an interpreter of the work of Stephen Sondheim and Michel Legrand.

Early life[edit]

Melissa Errico was born in New York Hospital and lived in New York City for five years while her New Jersey-raised father completed medical residency and her Brooklyn-native mother was a schoolteacher in Harlem. Both of first-generation Italian descent, her parents relocated the family to Manhasset, Long Island where her father established a medical practice in Orthopedics.[1] Starting her professional career at the age of 12, Melissa appeared on national television in the Sunbow Entertainment production, syndicated children’s TV series The Great Space Coaster, created by Kermit Love (original Muppet designer for Jim Henson) and Jim Martin.[2] Errico’s maternal grandmother was an operatic, lyric soprano and her grandmother’s sister was a Ziegfeld Follies girl.[3][4]


Errico is a graduate of Yale University. During her freshman year, Errico was asked to audition for the role of Cosette[5][6] and was cast. Errico toured for over a year in the First National Company of Les Misérables then returned and graduated from Yale University with an honors degree [5] in Art History & Philosophy.[7] While a student in New Haven, Errico played Irina in The Three Sisters with Edward Norton.[8] She was accepted into the Yale Graduate School of Drama but dropped out to star in Anna Karenina as Princess Kitty on Broadway at The Circle in the Square Theatre. Errico is a graduate of the BADA program at Oxford University where she studied acting Shakespeare and Chekhov.[9]


Errico played Cosette in Les Miserables (National Tour) and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady on Broadway. Other Broadway starring roles include High Society, Anna Karenina, Dracula, The Musical, Amour, and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. She has six Drama Desk Award nominations including Best Actress in a Play for Candida and is the recipient of a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Michel Legrand‘s Amour),[10] four Outer Critics Circle Awards, five Drama League Awards, two Helen Hayes Award nominations and the Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in One Touch of Venus. She was the first musical actress to receive the “Outstanding Lead Actress” Lortel Award when the category combined plays and musicals[11] and is the only performer in the over-twenty-year history of The City Center Encores! series to win an award for their work. In 2016, she returned to City Center for another triumph in the Rodgers-Sondheim musical Do I Hear A Waltz? winning rave reviews, such as “an exquisite interpretation”.[12]

Role Production Location Year
Cosette Les Misérables USA 1988
Princess Kitty Scherbatssky Anna Karenina Broadway 1992
Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady Broadway 1993
Princess Maria Call Me Madam City Center Encores! New York 1995
Venus One Touch Of Venus City Center Encores! New York 1996
Gwendolen Fairfax The Importance Of Being Earnest Off – Broadway 1996
Betty Comden Make Someone Happy New York 1997
Tracy Lord High Society Broadway 1998
Barbara Major Barbara Off – Broadway 1998
Anna Karenina Anna Karenina Off – Broadway 2000
Anne Boleyn & Princess Elizabeth Rex Off – Broadway 2000
Isabelle Amour Broadway 2002
Dot/Marie Sunday In The Park With George The Kennedy Center 2002
Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady Hollywood Bowl 2003
Polly Peachum The Threepenny Opera Williamstown Theater Festival 2003
Mother Aunt Dan and Lemon Off – Broadway 2003
Mina Dracula – The Musical Broadway 2004
Sharon McLonergan Finian’s Rainbow Off – Broadway 2004
Venus One Touch Of Venus Fully staged concert, Avery Fisher Hall, New York 2004
Guinevere Camelot Fully staged concert, Hollywood Bowl 2005
Sharon McLonergan Finian’s Rainbow Westport Country Playhouse 2005
Maria Rainer The Sound Of Music Fully staged concert, Hollywood Bowl 2006
Kate Alive In The World New York 2007
Betty Haynes White Christmas Broadway 2009
Candida Candida Off – Broadway 2010
Fiona Brigadoon Fully staged concert, Broadway 2010
Helen The Gift Of The Gorgon New York 2011
Guinevere Camelot Fully staged concert, Broadway 2011
Nancy Oliver! Fully staged concert, Broadway 2012
Clara Passion Off – Broadway 2013
Annie Savoy Bull Durham – The Musical Atlanta 2014
Maria Cosway More Between Heaven And Earth Off – Broadway 2014 and 2015
Leona Samish Do I Hear A Waltz? City Center Encores! 2016
Sharon Finian’s Rainbow Off – Broadway 2016-2017
Lilli Vanessi/Katharine Kiss Me, Kate Bay Street Theater 2017

Notable roles[edit]

  • Eliza Doolittle: Previewing from 26 November 1993, opening 9 December, running until May 1, 1994, Errico appeared as Eliza opposite Richard Chamberlain and Julian Holloway (who recreated his father’s role as Alfred P. Doolittle) at the Virginia Theater on Broadway. In 2003, Errico returned to Eliza Doolittle, with John Lithgow and Roger Daltrey for a production of “My Fair Lady” at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
  • Venus: From 28 – 30 March 1996, Errico made an appearance at The City Center Encores! Directed by Leonard Foglia (Master Class), she played the titular role in Kurt Weill’s “One Touch of Venus.” Errico was named Outstanding Actress in a Musical (1996 Lucille Lortel Award). The first-ever complete recording of the score, starring Errico, was released 13 May 2014 on Jay Records. On October 7, 2013, Errico sang the role in a filmed concert at Symphony Space with Le Train Bleu Orchestra conducted by James Holmes.
  • Dot/Marie: The production ran at the Eisenhower Theater, 31 May – 28 June, and Errico’s work was recognized with a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Leading Actress in a Musical.
  • Candida: Directed by Tony Walton, Errico took on the title role in the Irish Repertory Theater’s revival of George Bernard Shaw‘s play. The production ran 24 February – 25 April in 2010. Errico achieved a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work.
  • Annie Savoy: Errico played the role of Annie in the world premiere of the new musical, “Bull Durham” which played 3 September – 5 October 2014 at the Alliance theater in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Leona Samish: Errico played the lead role of Leona in “Do I Hear A Waltz?” at New York, City Center from 11–15 May 2016.
  • Sharon McLonergan: Errico returned to the role of Sharon in the 2016 production of “Finian’s Rainbow” an experience she chronicled (as a writer) [13] in the NY Times.


Variety Magazine included Errico in its list of potential 2016 Emmy Awards contenders for her role on Showtime’s Billions.[14] She also played the recurring role of Catherine on Season One of The Knick[15] and was a series regular on Darren Star’s Central Park West.[16]

Show Role Year
The Gaffigan Show Gloria 2016
Billions June 2015
The Knick Catherine Christiansen 2014
The Good Wife Ingrid Ballantine 2013
Blue Bloods Rivka Morganthal 2013
Martha Stewart Living Herself 2012
A Gifted Man Julie Tucker 2011
Good Morning America as Betty Haynes 2009
Six Degrees Sarah 2006
Sci-fi Investigates Herself 2006
M.O.N.Y (pilot) Mrs Capanelli 2006
Miss Match Laurel 2003
Law and Order Lindsay Tucker 2003
57th Annual Tony Awards Herself 2003
Short Talks On The Universe – Mike Nichols benefit performance Herself 2002
The Rosie O’Donnell Show Herself 2002
Ed Liz Stevens 2001
Neurotic Tendencies 2001
Norm Kim Cattino 2001
The Fighting Fitzgeralds (pilot) 2001
Smog (pilot) 1999
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as Tracy Lord 1998
Kennedy Center’s 25th Anniversary Herself 1996
Central Park West Alex Bartoli Fairchild 1995 – 1996
The Cosby Mysteries Tricia Scott 1995
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as Eliza Doolittle 1993
As The World Turns Rebecca 1987
The Great Space Coaster 1982

Errico has appeared in pilots for new shows:


Film Role Year
Broadway – The Next Generation Herself 2016
Max Rose Voice 2013
Patrimony Caroline 2011
Loverboy Miss Silken 2005
Life or Something Like It Andrea 2002
Mockingbird Don’t Sing Sandra Tannen 2001
Frequency Samantha Thomas 2000
Picture This Eve Weidegger 1999
Bury The Evidence The wife 1998
Loose Women Gail 1997

In 2013, Errico recorded the theme song for the movie Max Rose which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The soundtrack features an original score by Michel Legrand and Errico sang the main title track, “Hurry Home”.

Recording career[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • Blue Like That (Manhattan Records/EMI) produced by Arif Mardin – released 25 February 2003.
  • Lullabies & Wildflowers (Velour/Universal Records, later Ghostlight Records) produced by Rob Mathes – released 29 April 2008.
  • Legrand Affair (Ghostlight Records) produced by Phil Ramone – released 18 October 2011.
  • More Lullabies & Wildflowers (Ghostlight Records) – released 23 June 2015.
  • What About Today? Melissa Errico – Live at 54 Below (Broadway Records) – October 16, 2015

Cast albums[edit]

  • Call Me Madam – Encores Cast (1995).
  • “High Society” – Original Broadway Cast (1998).
  • “Amour” – Original Broadway Cast (2003).
  • “Finian’s Rainbow” – Irish Repertory Theater Cast Recording (2004).
  • “Sadie Thompson” – World premiere recording (2005).
  • “Anna Karenina” – The Broadway Musical (2007).
  • One Touch of Venus – first complete recording (2014).

Miscellaneous recordings[edit]

  • Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” – “The Musicality of Lerner & Loewe”.
  • The Mockingbird Song” – “Mockingbird Don’t Sing” soundtrack.
  • Blue Skies/It’s a Lovely Day Today” (duet with Malcolm Gets) – “The Journey Home”.
  • In Love In Vain” from “Jerome Kern: Life Upon The Wicked S.T.A.G.E.
  • There’s a Small Hotel” & “People Will Say We’re In Love” (duet with Patrick Quinn) – “Wall to Wall Richard Rodgers“.
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from “Weihnachten with Jose Van Dam“.
  • Maybe Someone Dreamed Us” from “Legrand Affair” appears on the “Michel Legrand Anthology”.
  • Otherwise” by Jane Kenyon – “Poetic License” – 100 poems/100 performers, part 3 (available on ITunes).
  • Hurry Home” – “Max Rose” Original Film Soundtrack.

Errico’s recording of a song from David Shire‘s new musical “Table” was aired in April 2015 on NPR radio on The Jonathan Schwartz show for WYNC.[22]


Her appearances include concerts at The Kennedy Center Opera House, Avery Fisher/David Geffen Music Hall, Wolf Trap, Severance Hall, 54 Below, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Café Carlyle. She reprised her performance as Venus at City Center Encores! Broadway Bash! [23] in November 2001. Errico made her London debut in May 2008 singing in “Jerry Herman’s Broadway” [24] at the London Palladium. She has taken part in three Symphony Space Wall to Wall events to commemorate Stephen Sondheim, Kurt Weill & Richard Rodgers in NYC. In November 2015, she debuted her new one-woman show at Joe’s Pub, New York co-written with close collaborator Adam Gopnik.[25] Errico has sung with such symphonies as The Cleveland Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra, The London Philharmonic, The Utah Symphony, The Brussels Philharmonic, and has toured with conductors Marvin Hamlisch [26](NSO) and Michael Tilson Thomas (New World Symphony). She appeared in March 2016 at Lincoln Center in a Judy Garland concert[27] moderated by Adam Gopnik.

Personal life[edit]

She has 2 siblings – Mike Errico and Melanie Errico. She met her husband, former tennis professional and ESPN sports commentator Patrick McEnroe when they were in grade school together.[18] They married 19 December 1998 at the Holy Trinity Church on W. 82nd Street.[28] The couple has three daughters.


Errico has written lyrics – “Gentle Child” appears on her 2008 solo recording, “Lullabies and Wildflowers” and authored “Musings” – which details the chronology of her album Legrand Affair. She was principal speaker at the Annual Broadway Blessing in 2013.[29][30]

She has also penned columns in The New York Times discussing returning to ingenue roles later in life[31] and her experience as a headliner performer on a themed cruise.[32].


Errico founded the original Bowery Babes in 2005 and maintains her seat on the Board of Directors for this New York based non-profit 501-c3 organization. Errico sang on June 1, 2015 at Merkin Concert Hall in support of The Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth.[33]

Actress (23 credits)
 2016 The Jim Gaffigan Show (TV Series)

The Calling (2016) … Gloria
 2016 Billions (TV Series)
June Raichlein

YumTime (2016) … June Raichlein
Pilot (2016) … June Raichlein
 2014 The Knick (TV Series)
Catherine Christiansen / Catherine

Where’s the Dignity (2014) … Catherine Christiansen
Mr. Paris Shoes (2014) … Catherine Christiansen
Method and Madness (2014) … Catherine
 2013 The Good Wife (TV Series)

Going for the Gold (2013) … Ingrid
 2013 Blue Bloods (TV Series)
Rivka Morganthal

Men in Black (2013) … Rivka Morganthal
 2011 Patrimony (Short)
 2011 A Gifted Man (TV Series)
Julie Tucker

In Case of Exposure (2011) … Julie Tucker
 2006 Six Degrees (TV Series)

The Puncher (2006) … Sarah
 2005 Loverboy
Miss Silken
 2003 Miss Match (TV Series)

Who’s Your Daddy? (2003) … Laurel
Pilot (2003) … Laurel
 2003 Law & Order (TV Series)
Lindsay Tucker

B*tch (2003) … Lindsay Tucker
 2001 Ed (TV Series)

Closure (2001) … Liz
 2001 Mockingbird Don’t Sing
Sandra Tannen
 2001 Norm (TV Series)
Kim Catino

Norm vs. Homelessness (2001) … Kim Catino
 2000 Frequency
Samantha Thomas
 1999 Picture This
Eve Weidegger
 1999 Smog (TV Movie)
 1998 Bury the Evidence
The Wife
 1997 Loose Women
 1995-1996 C.P.W. (TV Series)
Alex Bartoli

You Belong to Me! (1996) … Alex Bartoli (credit only)
Mermaids Strike Better (1996) … Alex Bartoli (credit only)
Everything Has Its Price (1996) … Alex Bartoli (credit only)
Out on Bail (1996) … Alex Bartoli (credit only)
End of a Marriage (1996) … Alex Bartoli
 1995 The Cosby Mysteries (TV Series)
Tricia Scott

Dial ‘H’ for Murder (1995) … Tricia Scott
 1992 Maintenance Men’s Lounge (TV Movie)

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