I'm Every Woman
I'm Every Woman
Friday, February 14, 2020
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Mandy Gonzalez, Guest Artist
Carrie Manolakos, Guest Artist
Alex Newell, Guest Artist
About the Artists
Called by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the musical sensation Hamilton, “one of the greatest singers on earth,” Mandy Gonzalez has thrilled audiences on Broadway, lit up the screen on television, and started a social movement. Mandy currently stars as Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton and as Lucy Knox on the CBS hit Madam Secretary. On stage, the dynamic range of Mandy’s voice sets a new standard—one moment, she can be soft and sultry; the next moment, she can shake the rafters. Mandy is a Warner East West Records artist and recently released her debut album, Fearless, which debuted at #13 on the iTunes pop charts. Mandy is also known for originating the role of Nina Rosario in the Tony Award-winning show In the Heights. Previously, she starred as Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked—blowing the roof off of New York’s Gershwin Theatre every night. Mandy has performed for symphonies around the country and will be performing as the lead vocalist for the Philly Pops 11-show Christmas Spectacular. Mandy is also an author—she recently published a widely-cited article in the Harvard Business Review on how to overcome one’s fear of public speaking and be more confident in one’s communication and leadership. Mandy is the proud founder of #FearlessSquad—a social media movement for inclusiveness and belonging. The movement connects millions of people around the world, encourages them to be their best selves and helps them empower each other.
Carrie Manolakos is beyond thrilled to be making her Carnegie Hall debut with The New York Pops! Carrie’s Broadway credits include the lead role of Sophie in Mamma Mia!, Elphaba in the 2nd National Tour of Wicked and most recently she starred as Natalie in the multi-media stage premiere of Love Actually Live at The Wallis Annenberg Center in Los Angeles.
Carrie can be heard on the film “The Greatest Showman” and has been a guest artist with Hugh Jackman at the Metropolitan Opera House and around the country. She performed at the 2018 Oscars singing “This Is Me” and has sung with Phish at Madison Square Garden and with symphony orchestras across the globe.
Additionally, Carrie’s soundtrack, film and TV credits include “Incredibles 2”, “Fosse/Verdon”, “Dear Evan Hansen”, “Rise” (on NBC), as well as the title role in the concept album of “Lizzie”, the rock opera based on Lizzie Borden, which Carrie originated at TUTS in Houston.
In addition to being an actress, Carrie is also a songwriter. Her most recent full-length record— “The 44th Chord”, released in May of 2019—was featured on Z100 along with Madonna, Ariana Grande, Celine Dion and Katy Perry. Her previous record, “Echo”, hit #44 on the iTunes pop charts and with it she became widely known for her interpretation of Radiohead’s “Creep”, now at 4 million views on YouTube.
Her viral performance of the song “Creep” was praised by Entertainment Weekly proclaiming her live rendition among the “Top 12 Best Radiohead Covers of All Time.” She had write-ups in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, MTV, and Gawker and was chosen as one of Elle Magazine’s “30 Under 30: The Essential Names to Know” and voted #1 by readers. She was also listed on MSN’s “15 Covers that Transcend the Original Hits” and voted #2 just after Johnny Cash and in good company with Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, Jimmy Hendrix and other greats.
Carrie would like to thank Maestro Steven Reineke, The New York Pops, Eric Gabbard and her entire family. And a very special thanks to her parents. // carriemanolakos.com // Follow @carriemanolakos.