Andrea Marcovicci flashes winning ‘Smile’ 

click to enlarge Accentuate the positive: Cabaret singer Andrea Marcovicci’s new act is about joy. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Accentuate the positive: Cabaret singer Andrea Marcovicci’s new act is about joy.

Cabaret artist Andrea Marcovicci wants you to forget your troubles and get happy, and so her new show is called “Smile.”

“It had been on my mind for quite a while to put a show together that was going to be the antidote to today’s blues,” she says of the act, opening at the Rrazz Room this week. “Just a rousing, cheery and uplifting show.”  

The song list, including “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries,” “Ain’t We Got Fun?” and “Pick Yourself Up,” aims to remind folks “that we’re going to get through this like we’ve gotten through everything else before, and that to be out and about and with your fellow man, truly is the nicest thing you can do.”

But it’s not all Pollyanna. Songs such as “It All Depends on You” and Babbie Green’s “I Asked the Moon” pose deeper questions.

“They’re about, well, do I have to make you happy too to be happy, or can I stand on my own?” she says. “Can I hold my own against your unhappiness? So it’s not treacly at all.”

The set list is the basis of her new CD, also titled after the Charlie Chaplin song. Marcovicci promises San Franciscans will be able to get it “before it’s online, before it’s available any place, and they get it signed, of course.”

Longtime collaborator Shelly Markham is musical director for both the show and the recording, which includes instruments ranging from accordion to flugel horn. Marcovicci says, “By the time you get to the song by Pink you would swear that we were on such new territory that we have gone to the moon.”

Marcovicci does really mean the Grammy-winning rock singer Pink.

“I’m going to be shocking,” she mock-confides before adding, “What I’m really doing in this show is just creating so many different kinds of ways to make people forget their current problems and have joy, to bring joy to the room. I don’t mean in some ridiculous way. I mean in the real joy of music.”

The thing that gives Marcovicci joy is her daughter, Alice. “I found this Yiddish proverb: ‘You’re only as happy as your saddest child.’  Since I only have one child, I really need for her to be happy, I guess.”


Andrea Marcovicci

Where: Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays; closes Aug. 5

Tickets: $35 to $45

Contact: (800) 380-3095,

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Robert Sokol

Robert Sokol

Robert Sokol is the editor at BAYSTAGES, the creative director at VIA MEDIA, and a lifelong arts supporter. Diva wrangler, cinefiler, and occasional saloon singer, he has been touching showbiz all his life. (So far no restraining orders have been issued!)... more
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