Christine Ebersole: In the Spirit of a Song

The Tony Award-winning artist makes her debut at The Barclay

Not many artists can communicate the emotion of a song quite like Broadway legend Christine Ebersole. With her brilliant three octave vocal range, she reveals all the nuances of a character she inhabits on the stage, reflecting their joy, their sorrow, the anguish of lost love…and of getting a little older—nothing eludes her.  Each musical sketch transforms into a mini theatrical experience, embracing the spirit of the song.

Jerry Mandel, president of Irvine Barclay Theatre, where Ebersole will be appearing this October, met Ebersole recently at Feinstein’s/54 Below, a cabaret and restaurant in New York City, and remembers seeing her in the revival of 42nd Street (a role which garnered Ebersole her first Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Musical).

“People have an emotional connection to her singing,” Mandel says. “She’s so engaging, so at ease on the stage… with such a great sense of humor.” (Interesting side note: Ebersole was in the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1981-82 to add to the musical sketches.)

Christine Ebersole came to New York at 20 to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Not long after, she was appearing on Broadway in Oklahoma and playing the young Guinevere apposite Richard Burton in the 1980 revival of Camelot.

But, her role of a lifetime came in 2006. Ebersole collected her second Tony Award for her remarkable portrayal of both Edith Bouvier Beale and “Little Edie” Beale in the award-winning musical, Grey Gardens.

Although Ebersole’s career has always intertwined with film and television roles, her heart has remained in the theater and on the bare stage of a cabaret. There, she’s most at home, most authentic, masterfully navigating through the music she loves.