Melissa Manchester and Paul Williams perform at Feinstein's at the Regency.
Melissa Manchester has a recording career that has established her as one of the most compelling singer/songwriters in contemporary music. She was the first artist in history of the Academy Awards to have two nominated movie themes in a given year, Ice Castles and The Promise. Melissa was nominated for Grammy Awards in 1978 and 1979, and she received one in 1982 for "Best Female Vocalist" for "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" from Hey Ricky, produced by Arif Mardin. Her acting roles have included Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Andrew Lloyd Weber's Song & Dance on stage, "Blossom" on television, and For The Boys on the silver screen. She recently wrote a new musical I Sent A Letter To My Love, based on the acclaimed Bernice Rubens novel of the same name and performed the leading role in a National Public Radio broadcast premiere. She also scored Lady And The Tramp II, the sequel to the beloved Walt Disney classic film. Melissa began her career while singing back-up for Bette Midler and shortly thereafter she was headlining Carnegie Hall.
Paul Williams has been lauded not only as a gifted and prolific songwriter, but also as a singer and actor, with a shelf full of Grammy Awards, Golden Globes and an Academy Award. His hits include "The Rainbow Connection," "Evergreen," "We've Only Just Begun," "Rainy Days & Mondays," "You And Me Against the World" and "I Won't Last A Day Without You." His songs have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Elvis Presley, Gladys Knight, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Mathis, Bing Crobsy, The Carpenters and more. He appeared in The Muppet Movie, The Doors and three Smokey and the Bandits films. On TV, he has been seen on the shows. "Star Trek," "Texas Ranger," "Picket Fences," "Boston Common" and a regular role on the CBS daytime drama "The Bold And The Beautiful." He wrote music for the films Rocky IV, The Secret of Nimh and The Muppet Christmas Carol. Paul was honored to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001.