Melanie Stace


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MELANIE STACE AT BIRDLAND - REVIEWS...

Melanie Stace Shakes It Up at Birdland - Theater Pizzaz
Melanie Stace At Birdland - Edge New York


MELANIE STACE AT BIRDLAND

Melanie will be performing at New York's premiere jazz venue BIRDLAND on June 22nd, 2014!

NEWS UPDATE

Listen into Melanie being interviewed for Ron Forman's Sweet Sounds this Sunday June 8th at 7pm (EST) or 12pm Midnight UK time. Tune in at WKRB 90.3 FM or on the Internet at WKRB.ORG 

Melanie will be Joe Talbot's special guest on his BBC Surrey show (104 FM / 104.6 FM) on Friday May 23rd from 12:00. Melanie will be discussing her new CD The Key To Me and playing two tracks from the album. LISTEN ONLINE

 


UPDATE FROM MELANIE - FEBRUARY 2014

Hello from Berlin !
It is high time for an update and so here it is........

We opened the show here at Palazzo, Berlin in the beginning of November 2013 and have been enjoying a busy and successful run here. I have so enjoyed performing in this amazing city and have met some incredible people. The current show will close on Sunday March 2nd, 2014. But something tells me that I will be back here.

2014 is going to be a little different, as first and foremost, I will be concentrating on the release of my first original CD " The Key To Me " ......please watch here for exact release date, as it will be posted here first. I have had such enjoyment writing and putting together this project, together with Wayne Brown and John Ashby, and am so excited that you will finally be able to hear it......it's been a long time coming, eight years of writing, to be precise.

There is also a UK tour being planned for my new show "Sirens and Songs Of The Silver Screen", especially for those of you who have asked when I will be appearing in the UK again.......it will be for a limited season and just a string of selected dates with a very exciting new co-star......to be announced very soon. All dates will be posted here first.

I will be returning to New York to perform again this year, dates and venues will be posted here and so if any of you find yourselves state-side........... I will also be doing a little cruising in 2014 with both my one woman shows " Sirens Of The Silver Screen" and "Steppin' Out".

Please keep checking out my site for updates, and if you like you can also follow me on Facebook and or Twitter.


With my renewed thanks for your love and support,

 

 

 

UPDATE FROM MELANIE - OCTOBER 2013

Hi !

Having had a blast in BA during the Summer, I also had two great private engagements in Moscow recently, pictures are posted here.

Just off to Berlin once again for “Palazzo” (Show dates :November 13th – March 2nd, 2014). Check out: www.palazzo.org Looking forward to returning to Berlin. Another great City.

I have finished my part in recordings for my first original album: “The Key To Me” is now being finalized and will be released in the Spring of 2014. I am so excited. It’s been a great experience to work with Wayne Brown and to have created this music together. I look forward to you hearing it, and I will be posting tasters both on here and on my Facebook pages and tweeting too……so………………… there’s no escape :-)

Next year I will be returning to the US to perform on both the East and West Coasts with my show, venues to be announced very soon, please do watch this space. I always post news on here first.

I will be posting photos, videos and other news on here from our Berlin show, and I know some of you will be coming to visit, and so I will see you there !

Is it too early to wish you and your families “……”, yes it really is !

I appreciate your support, your posts, your tweets…………thank you.

Love

MELANIE STACE IN MOSCOW


UPDATE FROM MELANIE - JULY 2013

Hello and greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina !

Since my last update from Germany, I went back to New York and performed at The City Winery in my brothers show 'The Cabinet Of Wonders' and sung 'Lucky Stars' with Dean Friedman, a great personal moment for me.

I then returned to London and worked on my new album ' The Key To Me'. It is currently being finalized and will be released this year, exactly ten years since my first album was released. I am particularly excited about this album, as it is compiled of all original songs written with Wayne Brown. I will be posting tasters here........

And here we are with ' The Graf Story' in BA.........what an adventure. We are performing forty shows at the beautiful venue called Tattersall Palace, and we had our Premiere which was a great success. I will be sending photos and news as I have it.

Hoping all are enjoying the beautiful summer weather you are all having....it's winter here !!!

Love and best to you and your families,


Dean Freidman on my right, my brother ( John Wesley Harding) on my left !


The Graf Story - Buenos Aires


The Graf Story - Buenos Aires


PALAZZO 2013

 



Painting of Melanie entitled "Room" by Mark Stock


UPDATE FROM MELANIE

Hi from a very snowy Gemany !

I am here reprising my role of The Queen Of The Ball for Palazzo.......five seasons and counting. Nurnberg is a gorgeous City, and we are enjoying a smash hit season, which is almost completely sold out. We have already had our run extended until March 17th.

After that time I will be returning once again to NYC and will be performing my new show there.......watch this space for details shortly to be announced !

I am planning to go home to the UK to celebrate Christmas with my family, and will enjoy two days in the UK before returning here on the 26th. Looking forward..........

Hoping all of you and your families have a magical Christmas, and an extremely happy and peaceful 2013.

Thanks to all of you for your continued love and support both here, and also to all my new Facebook and Twitter friends.

Seasons Greetings !

 

 


PALAZZO, NUREMBERG - QUEEN OF THE BALL

UPDATE FROM MELANIE

It’s June and I have realized it is high time for an update………..

I am in New York, and a couple of weeks ago we performed the first two shows of our brand new show: ‘Sirens Of The Silver Screen’, at Feinsteins. What an honour to perform in such a gorgeous room. Our big thanks to John Iachetti, and his amazing team, all of whom are absolute pleasures to work with. Also thanks to my fantastic band lead by Doug Oberhamer, with Tony Romano on Guitar, Dave Anthony on Drums and Greg Chudzik on Bass. You guys are great. Another BIG thank you to all of you who came out and supported us. You can read the reviews recently posted on this site. We are back at Feinsteins on September 16th and 17th, and cannot wait !

I am spending much of the Summer here and back and forth a bit. I will keep you posted !

This Fall will see me in Nuremberg, Germany once again for PALAZZO, as I reprise my role of THE QUEEN OF THE BALL for a fifth season. See you there !

You can keep up with me on my Facebook Business Page, or follow me on Twitter (@melaniestace)……..lots of news and things popping up there all the time, and it’s fun to be connecting with you there too. Please do continue to stop by here for up-dates, reviews, photos and videos. We are working hard to make sure everything is updated here first !

Thank you for dropping by, and for all your continued love and support.

My best wishes to you and your families, as always,

MELANIE STACE AT FEINSTEIN'S

Melanie will be performing at New York's premiere cabaret venue FEINSTEIN'S at LOEWS REGENCY on the following dates: June 3 - 4th, 2012 and September 16-17th

REVIEWS
RIVETING RIFFS | T2C ONLINE | CABARET SCENES

Melanie Stace at Feinstein's at Loews Regency.
by Ron Forman on Monday, June 4, 2012 at 6:04pm ·

She is beautiful, has great stage presence, moves her arms and body with great grace and she is, as all great vocalists are, a marvelous actress. Did I forget to mention that she has a voice that can handle a tender ballad like Embraceable You but also belt out a brassy How Lucky Can You Get. I am writing about the best British import since Shirley Bassey, Melanie Stace. The former British TV star who appeared last year at the Metropolitan Room made her Feinstein’s at Loews Regency debut last night. Her show Sirens of the Silver Screen pays tribute to Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer, Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand.

The show opens with an overture of melodies from movie musicals conducted by musical director Doug Overhamer. The opening number is a brassy The Singer followed by a beautifully tender More Than You Know. When Melanie Stace sings Johnny One Note she holds that one note ala Judy Garland. She really gets to show off her great chops with Billie Holiday’s God Bless the Child. Ms. Stace also introduced a very funny song Streisand Got There First describing the problems female vocalists have finding a great song that Barbra did not cover first. She even manages to sneak in a very credible imitation of Barbra while doing the song. Throughout the show her patter is fast and often very funny.The show ends with a blast with Birth of the Blues followed by a very quiet and beautiful encore of Cole Porter’s Every Time We ay Goodbye.

Melanie Stace’s Sirens of the Silver Screen will play tonight and be back at Feinstein’s at Loew’s Regency in September.

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SIRENS OF THE SILVER SCREEN

This brand new exciting show is a personal love letter to some of the incredibly talented and beautiful women who graced our Silver Screen, and in particular the ones who sang on the Silver Screen. These ladies practically define the word ‘triple-threat’, and made a terrific impact on me, inspiring me from a very young age. The show will be our homage to them.

From as early as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by the women who as well as being great actresses, singers and dancers, also had a special and unique way of communicating and acting through their song. These women communicated such a wide range of emotions, such as love, lost or found, pain, joy, yearning, sorrow, fear, heart-break……. you name it, they sang about it.

The show will feature fabulous songs from amazing ‘Sirens’ such as:

Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Doris Day, Betty Hutton, Rosemary Clooney, Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Streisand, Bette Midler and Michelle Pfeiffer, to name a few, and some of the songs these ladies made famous from some of the worlds most popular movies such as: 

‘Meet Me In St Louis’, ‘Girl Crazy’, ‘Funny Lady’, ‘White Christmas’, ‘Some Like It Hot’, ‘For The Boys’, ‘The Fabulous Baker Boys’, and many more.

Other surprises in the show will include an original song which I have written especially for the show entitled ‘Here’s To The Ladies’, and another original comedy song by extremely talented ‘up and coming’ British writer, Richard Kates, entitled ‘Streisand Got There First’.

‘Sirens Of The Silver Screen’ will be backed by my incredibly talented and hard-working New York based Quartet under the direction of brilliant Musical Director and accompanist, Mr. Doug Oberhamer, Greg Chudzik will be on Bass, David Anthony on Drums and Tony Romano on Guitar.

The original idea for ‘Sirens Of The Silver Screen’ was inspired by Feinsteins and all the Artistes who have appeared there, and I am especially thrilled that I will soon be able to add my name to that list.

 


Melanie has just completed a successful run of concerts at New York's Metropolitan Room. 

REVIEWS
"Even if Melanie Stace could not sing, her statuesque beauty, expressive eyes and hand movements, sensual movement and charming British accent would be worth the price of admission. But this girl can sing, really sing. I got to see her on her closing night at the Metropolitan Room last night and was blown away by her performance.

Her eclectic program of songs went from a terrific discoish "Native New Yorker" to a moving version of Vernon Duke and Ira Gershwin's, " I Can't Get Started". Her patter is very witty and her acting superb especially on Irving Berlin's, "Love, You  Didn't Do Right By Me".

She closed her brief stay at the Metropolitan Room last night, but promised me that she will be back in the fall. Remember her name, this performer is definitely worth seeing"
- RON FORMAN

CABARET SCENES - MELANIE STACE: STEPPIN' OUT

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TRIPLE THREAT, MELANIE STACE


UPDATE FROM MELANIE

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for dropping by........

I am currently here for Palazzo in Rotterdam and will be flying back to New York at the end of the month.

Looking backwards for a moment, 2011 was certainly a busy year for me having finished in 'Palazzo' in Vienna in March, and going to play 'The Metropolitan Room' in New York, followed by a season for 'Teatro Zinzanni' in San Francisco in the Summer, and then flying almost straight here to open up a new city for 'Palazzo' in Rotterdam for the season. Phew !

2012 will be spent in the US again, and I am looking forward to performing my new show 'Sirens Of The Silver Screen' at the world famous 'Feinsteins' in New York, (dates to be announced soon). After that I will be recording and performing in and around the US and will keep you posted.

In other good news, 'Teatro Zinzanni' found their new pitch in San Francisco, and will be opening up soon. You can follow them on Facebook. There are some amazing photos of the process they are going through with the move and re-location of the Tent. That Tent was where I made my US Debut as 'Cleopatra' in ' Ceasar and Cleo' alongside the wonderfully talented Frank Ferrante. (Needless to say I was a 'tap-dancing' Cleopatra ). So much has happened to me during the past five and a half years, and I have to thank Teatro Zinzanni largely for it......a wonderful company, and some amazingly talented artistes and friends. Thank you TZ !

You can also follow me on Facebook........so see you there !

I am continuing with my writing and collecting material for my new album, which is taking much longer than expected, but should come to fruition this year, well, that's one of my resolutions anyway !

Joe Montague of Rivetting Riffs Magazine, following our interview of last year, was kind enough to feature me on the front cover of the magazine for December. The link is here : www.rivetingriffs.com

I am about to be interviewed by David Barnes. Here's a link to his website, and I will be posting the link to our interview on here too : www.retrosellers.com

Thank you for all your support and welcome to the members of the MSFC who are following me here for the first time. Please do leave me a note in the guest book with any comments or requests.

Best wishes for a totally FABULOUS 2012.



 


Melanie recently appeared in the latest spectacular Maestro's Enchantment 
at Teatro Zinzanni, San Francisco.

 


Melanie has just completed reprising her role as Queen of the Ball at Palazzo - Vienna

 

REVIEWS...

"In addition to the wonderful Palazzo Parlour Orchestra, Melanie Stace is singing with her powerful voice the almost five hour lasting evening, ending by singing ......to the Graf “Guten Abend, Gute Nacht” “ Schlaf Kindlein schlaf” and first and foremost with Reinhard Meys “Gute Nacht Freunde”, which she interprets in perfect German and Dutch." 

"The charming Melanie Stace is a real star, and her voice will keep Vienna´s audience on tenterhooks." 

"Once again the count invites you to celebrate with his aristrocratic guests, a magnificent festivity, and to watch, as he chooses his charming Queen Of The Ball, Musical Star, Melanie Stace."

"Melanie Stace comes from the famous London West End. The British TV-Star will not only fascinate the Vienna Palazzo audience with her beauty, but also hold them with her unique charisma, and one of a kind powerful voice."


January 2011

Greetings from Vienna,

Happy New Year ! Hope 2011 is off to a great start for you. 

As most of you will already know, I am currently here in Vienna for ‘Palazzo’. Our show has been extended for a second time until March 27th 2011. We have been enjoying completely sold out, packed houses, and it seems we are a hit ! 
Before Christmas I recorded a TV show for Austrian TV Channel ORF , which went to air on Christmas Eve all over Austria. I sang three songs : ‘At Last’, ‘Never, Never, Never’ and ‘ Birth Of The Blues’. 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THESE CLIPS!

Tonight we did a special charity gala for ‘Licht Ins Dunkel’, a wonderful charity for children and families in need here. There were many television crews and photographers, and this special evening at the ‘Palazzo’ , raised over 31,000 Euros for the Charity. 

What’s coming up ? When I finish here in Vienna, I will be returning to New York , and then this Summer, I have been invited to reprise my role as 'Madame Zinzanni' for Teatro Zinzanni in San Francisco. 

Please watch this space for dates and details.

And thank you so much for your on-going support and interest !

Love,

 

   


June 2010

Hi,
In my last up-date I mentioned I would be flying to New York on the 20th April...................well the Volcano didn't let me fly until the 25th April, but I am here. 

It's great to be here in this amazing City that truly never sleeps !

So far, I have been busy filming for a Video Presentation: 'The Childrens Fitness Rescue Program'. It's an amazing program which will tackle the ever growing epidemic of obesity in children. Actually, we are just about to film some more as it is an on-going project, so more news and links will be posted on this site soon.

And now for something completely different.......................I am going to be heard on 'The World of Warcraft's' new Video Game: 'Cataclysm', due out in the Summer................exact date t.b.c. You can check out information on the game at this address: http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/cataclysm/

Thanks for all your e-mails.

Have a great Summer !

Love, as always, 


Photo © Fima GelmanHi !

I am back in the UK now, having our last show in Amsterdam on March 13th.

I am going to New York on April 20th and I will be up-dating with all my news.

Hope all are well .... keep in touch .....

 


Hi and Happy 2010 !

It was good to see many of you at The Chichester Festival Theatre on October 8th with the BBC Big Band. It was quite a night.

 I am in Amsterdam with the PALAZZO show until 28th February.

  I will be going to New York in March/April, and I promise to let you have all  my news.

Thank you for visiting my site!

 

Photos © Christoff Geissel



Teatro Zinzanni - May/June 2009

...in the lead role as Madame Zinzanni, British performer Melanie Stace is both a vocal powerhouse and a gifted coquette in bejeweled gowns
- SF Weekly

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Melanie In Munich




MELANIE STACEHello !

 

I hope 2009 has been a nice year for you all so far.

 

As you know, I am still in Munich at PALAZZO and having fun in the show and the snow, in the sub-zero temperatures, (much as you have been in the UK).  We have just extended the run of the show until March 28th, 2009. You can check out all the details at the Palazzo web-site : www.palazzo.org

 

After our show closes, I will be returning to the UK to re-commence work on my new album.

 

In late April I will be traveling state-side again,  as Teatro Zinzanni have asked me back to the show in San Francisco where I will reprise the role of Madame Zinzanni. I will play there in May (opening May 7th) and June (closing June 8th) 2009 and am looking forward to a happy re-union there. You can check out the news on the Zinzanni web- site here:

 
Thanks for dropping by and I will be in touch with more news..................

PALAZZO, MUNICH - OCTOBER 2008

with my hero, world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitchko
with my hero, world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitchko

RRAZZ ROOM - SEPTEMBER 2008


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Hello all !

A belated Happy New Year ! 

It was great to meet so many of you on the road during our recent tour of MAGIC OF THE MUSICALS. It was an extremely happy and successful tour and great to be back in the company of both Wayne and Robert.

I am now back into the studio working on my album and I am pleased to say that it is coming along................................... It's exciting to be writing again. 

I had a great time last Summer in San Francisco at THE EMPIRE PLUSH ROOM. What a week. 

I have been invited to reprise my role as Madame Zinzanni for TEATRO ZINZANNI in Seattle and will be there in March for another sixteen week season until June. I am looking forward to my return to the tent and for those of you who came to see the show…it will be a brand new show called A SUITCASE NAMED DESIRE. More info on this show can be found on Teatro's web-site : www.zinzanni.org

I will be keeping everyone up to date with my news. Reviews, photos and up-dates as soon as I have them will be posted here.

Until next time..............love and best wishes,

Melanie 


MELANIE STACE - THE EMPIRE PLUSH ROOM
August 14 - 19, 2007



REVIEW
Melanie Stace is well worth getting to know better

Americans may have no idea who Melanie Stace is, but in Britain, she is practically a household name, thanks to six years as the foil to the host of a popular BBC-TV game show. Think Vanna White, except raven-haired and elegant, with a posh British accent.

In London, she has starred in West End musicals, such as the lead in a yearlong 2004 run of the Gershwin revival "Crazy for You." In this country, her exposure has been limited to three seasons with Teatro ZinZanni, including six weeks in San Francisco last summer.

So it was hardly surprising to see that the audience Wednesday at the Plush Room for the U.S. debut of her cabaret act was barely larger than a small cocktail party. But Stace treated them to a real surprise. She may have sometimes almost overwhelmed the intimate house with her trumpet-like blasts when she stepped on the gas, but the girl has a way with a song.

She cozied up to Gershwin tunes as if they were old friends. She alternated feathery, upbeat fare with stormy ballads, giving every song a polished performance. The set was a delightful mix of standards and contemporary material, including choice selections from James Taylor (a torchy "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight") and a little-known gem from Nashville writer Byron Hill ("1942").

Her telegenic personality carries the show. Stace is as bright, lively and unfailingly upbeat - playful, even sexy, but always proper and modest. She told the crowd about one song giving her a lump in her throat when she sang it and then quickly corrected any misimpression she might have created. "Not because I was moved by my own performance," she said.

She mentioned her grandmother, who spent her life as the assistant to her end-of-the-pier magician grandfather - a fitting touchstone for someone who started out as the girl in the vinyl skirt on "The Generation Game." That part of her backstory will become more well known later this month when the second novel by her brother Wesley Stace is published. "By George" fictionalizes their grandparents' story. Her brother also plays folk-rock under the name John Wesley Harding.

But show business clearly runs in the Stace blood. Melanie Stace easily immersed herself in the rich emotionalism of "I Should Care" or "Love You Didn't Do Right by Me," a wonderful, neglected Rosemary Clooney piece. But she was equally at home in buoyant, almost novelty pieces like Harry Connick Jr.'s "Recipe for Making Love" or Bette Midler's "Stuff Like That There," which her irrepressible exuberance lit up. 

Stace is an enormously appealing and experienced entertainer. As much as Americans don't know who she is, she doesn't really know American audiences yet herself. But if good looks, effervescent charm and singing songs with wit, good humor and style still count, Stace is ready for the U.S.A.

MELANIE STACE
STEPPIN' OUT AT THE EMPIRE PLUSH ROOM

British Singing Sensation Makes Her San Francisco Cabaret Debut!
August 14 - 19, 2007

Melanie Stace will be steppin' out in San Francisco at the Empire Plush Room accompanied by the Andy Rumble Trio, week commencing August 14th - 19th. More dates in 2007 to be confirmed - watch this space

This will be Melanie's second San Francisco appearance following on from her sell out guest appearances at Teatro Zinzanni.

Book online or call: +(866)-468-3399

 


NEWS UPDATE: JUNE, 2007

Melanie Stace will be embarking on a nationwide tour of MAGIC OF THE MUSICALS opposite Wayne Sleep and Robert Meadmore. The musical revue will bring together a selection of the finest and best loved songs from the most sucessful West End musicals of all time and celebrates the enchanting melodies of some of our best-loved songwriters in one spectacular show.

TOUR DATES

Tues 2nd Oct 7.30pm Eastbourne Congress Theatre 01323 412 000
Wed 3rd Oct 7.30pm Leicester De Montfort Hall 0116 233 3111
Thurs 4th Oct 7.45pm Dartford The Orchard 01322 220 000
Fri 5th Oct 7.45pm Basingstoke The Anvil 01256 844 244
Sat 6th Oct 7.30pm Ipswich The Ipswich Regent 01473 433 100
Sun 7th Oct 7.30pm Oxford New Theatre 0870 606 3500
Tues 9th Oct 7.30pm Nottingham Royal Concert Hall 0115 989 5555
Wed 10th Oct 7.30pm Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall Theatre 01892 530 613
Thurs 11th Oct 8pm Croydon Fairfield Halls 020 8688 9291
 
Fri 12th Oct 8pm Manchester Bridgewater Hall 0161 907 9000
Sat 13th Oct 3pm & 7.30pm St Albans The Alban Arena 01727 844 488
Sun 14th Oct 7.30pm Chatham Central Theatre 01634 338 338
Tues 16th Oct 7.30pm Rhyl Pavilion Theatre 01745 330 000
Wed 17th Oct 7.30pm Sheffield City Hall 01142 789 789
Thurs 18th Oct 7.30pm Northampton Royal & Derngate 01604 624 811
Fri 19th Oct 7.30pm Halifax Victoria Theatre 01422 351 158
 
Sat 20th Oct 7.30pm Skegness Embassy Theatre 08456 740 505
Mon 22nd Oct 7.30pm Liverpool Empire Theatre 0870 606 3536
Tues 23rd Oct 7.45pm Coventry Belgrade Theatre 02476 553 055
Wed 24th Oct 2.30pm & 7.30pm Barnstaple Queens Theatre 01271 324 242
Thurs 25th Oct 8pm Southend Cliffs Pavilion 01702 351 135
Fri 26th Oct 8pm Truro The Hall for Cornwall 01872 262 466
 
Tues 30th Oct 7.30pm Buxton Opera House 0845 127 2190
Wed 31st Oct 7.30pm Dundee Caird Hall 01382 434 940
Thurs 1st Nov 7.30pm Gateshead The Sage 0191 443 4661
Sun 4th Nov 7.30pm Aberdeen Music Hall 01224 641 122
Mon 5th Nov 7.30pm Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 0141 353 8000
Wed 7th Nov 7.30pm Cardiff St David's Hall 02920 878 444
Thurs 8th Nov 7.30pm Reading Hexagon 0118 960 6060
 
Fri 9th Nov 8pm Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall 0870 4000 890
Sat 10th Nov 7.30pm Chichester Festival Theatre 01243 781 312
Sun 11th Nov 7.30pm King's Lynn Corn Exchange 01553 764 864
Tues 13th Nov 7.30pm Darlington Civic Theatre 01325 486 555
Wed 14th Nov 7.30pm Darlington Civic Theatre 01325 486 555
Thurs 15th Nov 7.30pm Hull City Hall 01482 226 655
 
Sat 17th Nov 7.30pm Peterborough Broadway 01733 316 100
Sun 18th Nov 4pm London Palladium 0870 890 0144
 

 NEWS UPDATE: FEBRUARY, 2007

TEATRO ZINZANNI - LOVE & LUNACY
Starring Melanie Stace

Melanie is currently starring as the Goddess of Love in the spectacular new Teatro Zinzanni production LOVE & LUNACY.

The production runs until April 15th, 2007.

For more details on the production and to book please visit the TEATRO ZINZANNI website.


Love triumphs over darkness, chaos reigns supreme and dinner is served...

 

 

 

NEWS UPDATE: JANUARY, 2007


From Seattle Sound (January issue)
Photo © Erik Clineschmidt

NEWS UPDATE: NOVEMBER, 2006

TEATRO ZINZANNI - THE TRICKSTER'S TRUNK
Starring Melanie Stace

Directed by Teatro ZinZanni’s Artistic Director Norm Langill with assistance from veteran Teatro performers Michael (Chef Tad Overdone) Davis and Parisian acrobat Eddy Castor of Les Castors, The Trickster’s Trunk explores the magical power of love. The young and beautiful Lady Madame ZinZanni (newcomer Melanie Stace) keeps dreaming of a mysterious stranger. When Voronin arrives with a strange and wonderful trunk, mysterious things begin to happen. Suddenly the wait staff’s deepest fantasies start to come true.

The Trickster’s Trunk marks the Seattle debut of British powerhouse performer and triple threat actor/singer/dancer Melanie Stace as Lady Madame ZinZanni.

Teatro ZinZanni plays Wednesday through Sunday evenings at the tent located at 2301 Sixth Avenue at Battery in Seattle’s Belltown district.
Performances for all holiday dates (November 22 through December 31, 2006) are on sale now. The Trickster’s Trunk plays through January 21, 2007. Reservations: 206.802.0015 or at zinzanni.org or at the box office at Sixth and Battery

 

 

  


NEWS UPDATE: SEPTEMBER, 2006

MELANIE STACE AS CLEOPATRA - QUEEN OF THE NILE



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A TRIBUTE TO LEIBER & STOLLER
A gala tribute to legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who wrote Elvis Presley classics such as 'Jailhouse Rock' and 'Loving You'. Includes performances by Melanie Stace, David Gilmour, Tom Jones, and Ben E. King among others. 

Originally released in 2002, this DVD re-issue is to be issued by SONY BMG on September 18th, 2006. Melanie performs Some Cats Know.

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NEWS UPDATE: AUGUST, 2006

Melanie is currently wowing audiences nightly at the Teatro Zinzanni in San Francisco.

Melanie performs the following songs in this spectacular production.

The Queen Of The Nile
False Gods
You Made Me Love You
My Heart Belongs To Caesar
I Love Him
Dozing

 

MELANIE STACE AT TEATRO ZINZANNI
TalkingBroadway
Teatro Zinzanni Features English star Melanie Stace--a mini review.

Teatro ZinZanni, San Francisco's wonderful opulent Love, Chaos and Dinnershow is featuring London's West-End, British television and singing star Melanie Stace. She is making her United States debut at the Spiegel tent on the Embarcadero through the end of this month. This enchanting three-hour spectacle includes aerial acrobats, contortionist, an eccentric world traveler from Australia and the hilarious comedian Frank Ferrante as Chef Caesar.

The current spectacular has an Egyptian flair with Melanie being brought to the center floor as Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile by two "slaves" (the Duo Manducas). It's a blazing spectacle followed by the cast of entertainers.

In the past when I reviewed this part Moulin Rouge, part Cirque du Soleil and little of a Marx Brother's comedy thrown in production, there has been a center star such as Lillian Montevecchi or Sally Kellerman. The show was always built around these two cabaret's artists. The current production incorporated the British sensuous singer into a complete outstanding production. Of the years I have been reviewing this mayhem, this is the best production that I have seen. Every thing works like clockwork and there are no dull moments in this three-hour pandemonium.

Melanie Stace (Louise inGypsy and Sally in Follies in the West End) looks remarkably like Joan Collins. Melanie can belt out the song and in another instant becomes very sensual in a blue's number. Her voice has a musical dexterity in all styles of singing. Dressed in luxurious outfits, Melanie displays great charisma as she walks about the room. Her voice is a clear as a bell.

The three-hour chaos included a great five course meal. Our outstanding waiter Anson and his group were always on hand to satisfy our whims. The price is well worth the evening dinner and entertainments. This wonderful madness is worth every penny you spend under the opulent Spiegel tent. Teatro ZinZanni is now in its seventh year and it has become a San Francisco institution. Disco Diva Thelma Houston returns to the tent on August 31st through November 12. The Mexican Elvis El Vez also will be on the bill The Spiegel Tent is located at Pier 29 on the Embarcadero at the foot of Battery Street, San Francisco. For tickets call 415-438-2668 or visit www.zinzanni.org for times and prices.
Gentry Magazine

REVIEWS


Still the greatest show of them all, Teatro ZinZanni, that magnificent, zany dinner show in a tent, is now featuring the U.S. debut of the multi-talented British star of stage and TV, Melanie Stace.  With her personality plus, this vivacious singing and dancing star plays the leading role of Cleopatra in their latest production 'Hail Caesar! The Emperor of Love'.

She joins the madcap Frank Ferrante as Chef Caesar, and they¹re both joined by a bevy of international singers, dancers, aerialists, musicians and all round fun-makers.  And not to forget, there¹s also a wonderful gourmet dinner.  Yes, as I¹ve often said before, it¹s my all-time favorite show and I love to keep coming back for more and once you¹ve seen it, you will too.

Don¹t miss the sensational U.S. Debut of Melanie stace starring at Teatro ZinZanni now playing the beautiful spiegeltent at Pier 39 on the Embarcadero. It's a magical evening that you'll never forget.

 


ANDY RUMBLE CD - LULLABY

Melanie's musical director Andy Rumble has just released his debut album Bringing Back The Melody. The CD features an exclusive studio version of Lullaby performed by Melanie Stace. Recorded earlier this year, Melanie performed Lullaby during her successful one woman shows at Pizza On The Park. For further details, listen to track samples and to order the new album please visit Andy Rumble's website»


NEWS UPDATE: JULY, 2006

Teatro ZinzanniMelanie will be headlining as the lead chanteuse at Teatro Zinzanni in the Unite States. The first season sees Melanie perform from July 19th - August 27th, 2006 in San Francisco. Melanie will return to perform in Seattle from October 12th, 2006 - January 21st, 2007. 

Teatro Zinzanni boasts a style reminiscent of the Kit-Kat Club with under-tones of Moulin Rouge and Cirque Du Soleil, all served up with a five 'gourmet' course dinner.

The company is made up of ariel acts, trapese artists, contortionists, jugglers, musicians, blues and jazz singers, opera divas, tap-dancers, acrobats, comediens, magicians.

For more details visit their website» 

NEWS UPDATE: JANUARY, 2006

Hello !

Happy 2006!

Time once again to write and let you know what I’ve been up to since the last up-date and to let you know some of the plans I have for the next few months.

Last summer after the show at Pizza Express, I started to prepare for a very different type of tour. This tour was to be with eighteen Musicians - the Musicians from The BBC Big Band. We performed at five venues and had a real blast. ‘Steppin Out’ With The BBC Big Band was great fun, and it was lovely to see so many of you turn up to the shows - some came to them all !-Singing in front of a band that size is an amazing experience, and one I will never forget. Here’s to some more of those !

After the tour finished, I went over to Canada and continued writing for my forth-coming collaborative album with Wayne Brown. When I returned we wrote another couple more songs together, and we recorded them in the week before Christmas. As this goes to print, I am travelling to the studios to continue. All being well, we will finish the album by the Autumn.

I still have two TV shows in the pipe-line, and so keep everything crossed !

My Radio work continues to go well. I can be regularly heard on Southern Counties Radio Sunday morning show with my mate Dom Busby (9-1pm Sundays 104.6 FM.) I am also from time to time on the air-waves with another mate of mine Fred Macaulay for BBC Radio Scotland’s Breakfast show

There are a couple of Musicals in the offing, and I will be sure to let you all know when and where.

More dates for both PIZZA EXPRESS and PIZZA LIVE, (formerly PIZZA ON THE PARK), are being planned in the next few months. You'll see them here first !

I hope that all your wishes come true in 2006.

Love to you all, as always,



PRESS: Just outside of town in Dartford, glamorous vocalist Melanie Stace provided an enthusiastic, sold out, theatre with both good class singing of the standards plus her natural charm and beauty, backed by one of the best big bands around, the BBC Big Band, whose individual members fill the seats of all the other bands. 
- Jazz Hot Magazine

NEWS UPDATE: OCTOBER, 2005

Hello !
 
I am currently enjoying doing my new show with The BBC Big Band and seeing many of you out 'on the road', which is great.
Preparing for this show was very complex and completely manic as there was so much new material to learn, but I love a challenge and conquering new territory and the content in this show is especially interesting to me.
 
I am also writing my own songs for the first time ever, with Wayne Brown. We have only completed two tracks to date, and the whole experience is such a rewarding one. I am loving it much more than I thought I would, and am looking forward to getting back into the studio, to do some more. We are working on an album idea, but I have to warn you it's going to be a long road !!!. It's a completely different style for me, and so that's exciting too. It wasn't what I was expecting to come out at all .......!Click here to read review!
 

I will also be continuing my work with my Quartet at various Jazz Venues up and down the country. I so enjoy these 'gig's. It's a nice chance to let our hair down, as the informal atmosphere of 'Pizza On The Park' and 'Pizza Express' , seemed to suit us................. we always have such fun.

 
People always ask when they are going to see me on TV again, and all I can say is that when something really good comes along I would love to, but at the moment, I am concentrating more on my 'live' work, which is where my heart is.
 
Thanks to all of you for coming along to see the shows. Your support matters a great deal to me, as you know.
 
Love and Best Wishes, as always,

PRESS: Fruitful, mellow and brassy: Melanie In Chichester...

NEWS UPDATE: SEPTEMBER, 2005

MELANIE STACE STEPPIN' OUT WITH THE BBC BIG BAND - REVIEWS & PHOTOS!

Following on from Melanie's first two concerts with the BBC Big Band in Dartford and Newark read the reviews and view the exclusive photos by David Sinclair.

"There is only one thing wrong with her shows......they have to come to an end !. It was an excellent show, both Melanie and the band were wonderful, Barry Forgie and Andy Rumble were outstanding and all of Melanie's outfits were stunning. During the whole show Melanie looked as if she was having a wonderful time and it was a joy to see"

"Thoroughly enjoyed the show- she has an amazing voice"

"The show was excellent - especially Melanie's vocal bits !!!"

Melanie Stace - Steppin' Out With The BBC Big Band Photo Gallery

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"Many people will remember Melanie Stace as a co-host on the Generation Game but performing with the BBC Big Band she shines and demonstrates her roots as a performer. 

When the 21 piece BBC Big Band start to play they sound fantastic. Having never seen them live before but only heard them on the radio it is great to see the energy with which they play. When Melanie Stace joins them and begins to sing it's obvious how powerful her voice is. It is rich, versatile, very well suited to jazz music and she clearly works well alongside the band. From delicate lullaby-style jazz accompanied only by the piano, guitars and drums to big numbers with the whole band, she handles the music with understanding and confidence. 

It's also obvious that Melanie is not just a singer - she is an all-round performer. Her voice is good but the facial expressions, actions and dancing alongside the music make it even more enjoyable. She is having fun and shares this with the audience. There's the whole range of jazz performed from jazz legends such as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Cole Porter, covering most of the music from the popular Big Band era."

NEWS UPDATE: JUNE, 2005

  • MELANIE STACE WITH THE BBC BIG BAND UK TOUR
    Melanie Stace will be joined by the world famous Eighteen Piece ‘BBC Big Band’ with a brand new show: Melanie Stace ‘Steppin’ Out’ With The BBC Big Band. Known to millions through her five years as Co-Presenter on The Generation Game, Melanie Stace has pretty much done it all. Alongside her numerous television appearances, she has been critically acclaimed for her leading roles in countless West-End Musicals, and she has also appeared in concert tours all over the world. As well as gracing BBC Radio 2’s Monday night listeners with their presence, the BBC Big Band reaches worldwide audiences through its many recordings, stage concerts and television specials. Over the years the Big Band has entertained thousands with such international stars as Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Michel Legrand, George Benson, Diana Krall and Ray Charles.

    The show will feature an exciting mix of Big Band Classics, some Jazz, not forgetting Melanie’s West-End roots and the songs which inspired her to sing in the first place, but also delving much further into the thirties and forties :Duke Ellington, Sammy Cahn, Vernon Duke, Glen Miller, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart and Kander & Ebb, to name a few.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of Britain’s most exciting Singers with the UK’s Premier Big Band, in what promises to be a superb evening of musical entertainment.

    MELANIE STACE STEPPIN' OUT WITH THE BBC BIG BAND

    Melanie Stace with the BBC Big Band

  • Melanie's second interview for chatshow.net with Joanne Sheffield is now available to be viewed online @ Chatshow.net»
    Jo catches up with Melanie and finds out what she's been doing in the 5 years since she was last on Chatshow. Melanie tells us about her tour with Wayne Sleep. She has done various Hollywood and Broadway shows and even squeezed in a bit of panto. Having just returned from the US, Melanie tells us what she gained in inspiration from her trip and how the US audience compares to the UK audience. 
     

  • Melanie will be interviewed live on BBC Radio Kent on June 12th, 2005 with Pat Marsh. Listen Online»

NEWS UPDATE: MAY, 2005

  • Tickets and full details for Melanie's forthcoming gig @ Pizza Express on June 18th, 2005 can be found on the Pizza Express website»

    An Evening with Melanie Stace
    Known to millions as Jim Davidson’s glamorous assistant on The Generation Game, Melanie Stace has pretty much done it all. She has played the leading roles in countless West End Musicals (Copacabanna, Crazy For You, Hot Shoe Shuffle, etc) and she has also appeared in concert tours all over the world. However, recently she has been delivering to audiences her much-anticipated one-woman show, which features the greatest songs of the American Popular Songbook. The Music Room is delighted to welcome Melanie and her musicians for an evening of exceptional musical class and elegance – it’s easy to see why Melanie is fast becoming regarded as a national treasure by fans of superb music – early booking is very highly recommended for this one!


  • Melanie is now back from the US and has started working on her new album which she is co-writing with exciting songwriter and record producer, Wayne Brown.

  • Melanie is also preparing a theatre tour for the autumn...more news on this as we have dates confirmed.

NEWS UPDATE: MARCH, 2005

  • Melanie is to perform her new show with her Jazz Quartet (under the direction of Andy Rumble) at The Music Room, Pizza Express, Maidstone, Kent on Saturday June 18th.  NOW BOOKING. Tickets are priced @ £24
    Box Office: 020 8688 5916
    Box office hours: Mon - Fri, 10am - 4pm
    For further information visit their website»
     

  • Melanie interviewed by David WiggMelanie's interview with David Wigg can be viewed and down-loaded from Chatshow.net»

 

 

NEWS UPDATE: FEBRUARY, 2005

  • Melanie returned from her three very successful cruises on the QE2 and the QM2, in January and immediately went into rehearsals for her concerts at THE PIZZA ON THE PARK. The concerts were a great success and she received standing ovations on both nights. THE PIZZA ON THE PARK have already asked her back for a repeat performance !
     

  • Melanie is currently in rehearsals for the new musical THE MISTRESS, in which she will perform the lead role of Emma Hamilton. There will be excerpts performed in a concert version of this new musical on February 22nd in the West-End. Please check out the following site for details: www.ladyemmahamilton.co.uk
     

  • Melanie is planning to do some more concerts, both in the UK, Europe and the US, this year, exact dates and venues to be announced on this site.
     

  • Melanie, together with her Musical Director Andy Rumble, plan to go into the studio next month to record some original material, to include the two very well received, beautiful new songs written by Andy for her: TIME RAN OUT FOR ME and LULLABY.

PIZZA ON THE PARK REVIEWS...

Melanie @ Pizza On The Park

What can I say...you were BRILLIANT!! You have the knack of holding an audience not only with your voice but with your personality and thank you for the songs...especially TEN CENTS A DANCE and for singing a song no one seems to sing which is one of my favourites.. CAN'T GET STARTED WITH YOU. Rosemary Clooney would hang up her vocal chords if she heard how wonderfully you sang LOVE YOU DIDN'T DO RIGHT BY ME. And the Gershwin medley was fantastic...all the energy.. you deserved the ovation and your backing BAND was fabulous...loved the Sondhiem...Stephen would have loved it as well. Never heard LOSING MY MIND sung so well since Barbara Cook...

Mel, you amazed us! By any standards, you were stunningly, marvellously 
good. We loved the act, with its various mood and style changes. The concept was sound and the quartet a joy to listen to. It was a memorable evening that we feel lucky to have been part of. Hope it all keeps getting better and better for you - I'm sure it will.

Congratulations Melanie. I thought you gave a very warm and personable performance. Its always a pleasure to come and see you

" What an evening", I have been thinking about it all day at work. You were excellent, I loved every song. Andy Rumble has such skill, All of your support band were very good, especially dishy Martin!. 

What can I say - how many ways are there of saying that you were FANTASTIC!!! 

One of the GREAT successes (did this surprise you I wonder?) was Never
never, with the Italian bits: I thought it went really very well, and saw my neighbours getting right into it and having fun, and even singing along at times! By the way, the Italian went very impressively.
Best of all for me were the ballady pieces (I like Miss Otis sung sadly and sentimentally, but yes, it can swing also). All the songs I heard were top quality music and lyrics (as you know - you chose them), and there were even one or two I didn't know - so that was a pleasure. You have a great voice - quite a smoky sound when you are being reflective and not showing Miss Bassey who's boss!

How wonderful you were at the Pizza on the Park,,,,, 
Talented, Glamorous, Sexy, Slim, AND FUNNY.....this girl can tell a joke or two...... Wow !!!!! 

Melanie @ Pizza On The Park

Melanie @ Pizza On The ParkNEWS UPDATE: NOVEMBER, 2004
  • Melanie is to perform two concerts at Pizza On The Park, London on January 24th and January 25th, 2005. Melanie will be accompanied by her musical director Andy Rumble. Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of December and are available by calling the box office on 020 7235 5273. The concerts start at 21:15. 

    Visit Pizza On The Park's website
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  • Friday Night Is Music Night
    Together with Simon Bowman and the BBC Concert Orchestra, Melanie has recorded for broadcast on January 7th, 2005: Friday Night Is Music Night for BBC Radio 2. For further information visit the Radio 2 Website
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NEWS UPDATE: OCTOBER, 2004

  • Melanie finished her 28 week tour of 'Crazy For You' at the end of August.
  • She is currently working with her Musical Director, Andy Rumble, on her new one woman show, which she will perform on board the QE2 and the new QM2 over the Christmas period.
  • She will perform only two shows per cruise, as the star spot, and will be performing on three seperate cruises (QE2/QM2/QE2) which take her through the Carribbean and into New York for New Year and then she will re-join the world cruise which will sail through the Panama Canal to Acapulco.
  • This means of course no Pantomime this year for Melanie !
  • She will return to the UK in the early part of January 2005 and at present there are no definate plans, but she has been approached for a couple of Musicals in the West-End and there is also a chance of her performing her one woman show here in the UK.
  • TV still beckons. Melanie recently made a pilot for a new variety TV show with her Co-Star Tim Flavin.
  • Check this space for a proposed concert date at PIZZA ON THE PARK.

Melanie Stace starring in Crazy For You

The New Gershwin Musical
The quintessential, all singing, all dancing Broadway musical. A foot-stomping, tap dancing, glittering extravaganza...

STARRING
MELANIE STACE
DARREN BENNETT · CHRISTOPHER BEENY · SUE HODGE

REVIEWS

Reviews: The Stage
House Full! - Crazy For You triumphs in Bromley!If the name Gershwin is not enough to put the proverbial on seats then this great new production will be the
clincher. It is full of life right from the start and has all the glamour and glirzy spectacle you might hope for from an American showbiz phenomenon.
The excellent direction of Chris Colby and the superb choreography of David Kort complement each other brilliantly.
Melanie Stace, a familiar face from BBC's Generation Game, proves that she is a very talented lady as she
tackles the role of theatre owner Polly Baker. Her version of Someone to Watch Over Me is worthy of any album of musical favourites.
Bobby Child is the hero who helps save the theatre and Darren Bennett is made for the part, being an excellent all-rounder. The casting of Sue Hodge, another familiar face as Mimi in `Allo, `Allo!, is quite brilliant. She is a natural comic star as well as showing that she can really dance.
There is also an excellent contribution by Christopher Beeny - we need more talent like him and Hodge back on the telly. All in all, the entire cast deserves applause.
Next year Chris Moreno's production will tour from February. 

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"Melanie Stace, from The Generation Game, is gorgeous as the feisty Polly Baker, in an array of lovely costumes. Her powerful voice suits all her songs, including the solo numbers Someone To Watch Over Me and But Not For Me, and her dancing is excellent." - Newark Advertiser

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"Co-presenter of The Generation Game, Melanie Stace, played the female lead. For those of you who only remember Melanie on the Gen Game, well you are in for a surprise, she is a fully trained singer, dancer and actress and I thought she did a great job as the fiery Miss Baker."

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Crazy For Talented Mel
"Melanie Stace, of The Generation Game fame, embraces the role of Polly and, harnessing her tremendous singing and
dancing skills, wins over both her audience and leading man Bobby, played by the talented Darren Bennett."

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"Former Generation Game hostess Melanie Stace proves she is much more than just a great pair of legs as the lovelorn cowgirl Polly.
Her performances of the standards Embraceable You and Someone to Watch Over Me show off a fine and powerful voice." - Eastern Daily Press

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"The Generation Game's Melanie Stace and Darren Bennett make an attractive leading couple as Polly Baker and Bobby Child, both strong of voice and have a whale of a time" - Eastern Evening News

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"Melanie Stace makes a stunning Polly - whether feisty or elegant, she is really sure of her musical ground. She years sweetly in Someone To Watch Over Me and But Not For Me yet pumps up the volume to leave us in no doubt about her vocal ability." - Croydon Advertiser

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"Melanie Stace has a strong stage presence and is a powerful singer." 
- Telegraph & Argus

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"The feisty Polly was attractively played by Melanie Stace whose vocal strength shone in such numbers as Someone To Watch Over Me." 

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