“Her vocals more sumptuous and pianism more virtuosic than ever…”
The Chicago Tribune
An award winning concert artist, Beckie has appeared at some of the nation’s top nightclubs and concert venues including the legendary Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Birdland in New York, Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre and Park West, as well as at concert halls and art series across the country.
Hailed by Chicago’s WGN Radio as “one of the city’s finest cabaret performers,” Beckie is a three time winner of Chicago’s After Dark Award for Outstanding Cabaret Artist. A staple of the Windy City music scene, Beckie has performed regularly at Davenports, Maxim’s, Gentry On State, and the city of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs musical events, where she frequently serves as musical director. Currently she co-hosts an open-mic at Petterinos with Denise McGowan Tracy called Monday Night Live, as well as one at Davenports.
As one of cabaret’s most in demand entertainers, Beckie was featured in Michael Feinstein’s “Now & Then” Series for her Carnegie Hall debut. She has been a featured performer at many of the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Conventions in New York, The Hamptons and in Chicago, as well as many performances for the Chicago Humanities Festival, where she has served as a performer, director and musical director.
Beckie has two acclaimed solo CD’s, Real Emotional Girl and Heart & Soul, that have received national airplay. Both are an eclectic mix of classic ballads, standard jazz favorites as well as her own original songs. Beckie is also an award-winning songwriter. Cabaret Scenes Magazine called Real Emotional Girl “one of the year’s finest recordings.”
“Beckie Menzie’s musical arrangements are innovative, inspired, miraculous masterpieces.” Buzz Bellmont, The Houston Chronicle
She performs regularly with Tom Michael, and as a duo they are recipients of the After Dark Award for Outstanding Cabaret Artist. Their award-winning duo CD Better Two-gether showcases their unique “2 Singers ‚Äì 1 Voice” duo style that has made them what the Chicago Tribune calls ” one of the most compelling duos in cabaret. ” Their acclaimed shows have consistently been named among the year’s best by After Dark Chicago and New York’s Cabaret Scenes Magazine.
Lending her musical stylings and theatrical skills to Chicago area theatres, Beckie is a sought after musical director. An artistic associate at Porchlight Theater, she was recently nominated by Broadway World Chicago for Excellence in Musical Direction for her work on Porchlight’s A Class Act. Beckie is a coach for musical performers all over Chicago, and teaches master classes at colleges throughout the Chicago area and the nation.
From swing to torch songs, Beckie’s interpretive style, rich smoky voice and inventive piano stylings rank her among the best nightclub entertainers in the country. Hers is a talent that not only warms but breaks your heart.
“Spirit invades Menzie’s art, which pairs uncommonly sensitive vocal lines with a sweeping, sumptuous approach to the keyboard.” Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune