Missy Alexander & Bill Petkanas

The traditional “Great American Songbook” are the standards from Tin Pan Alley and Broadway from the first half of the 20th Century. To this, we add songs from the rest of the 20th and some of the 21st. All are songs you know or ones you’ll be happy to get to know.

Missy’s musical roots lie in musical comedy & jazz. The musical comedy came from years of summer stock playing roles in Company, Chicago, and Man of La Mancha, to name a few. She also sang with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Village Light Opera, and the chorus of the Connecticut Opera Company. She developed her jazz roots from her mother’s voice, singing standards at home and in clubs throughout her childhood. Missy has been singing those same standards, new tunes, and her originals with Bill for many years.

Bill has been playing guitar since his first lesson at age 10, when he was tortured with songs appropriate for Lawrence Welk, when he wanted to play Rolling Stones. He eventually played folk and rock in school cafeterias in the early ‘70s, followed by bands devoted to western swing, country rock, rock and even reggae when he toured with The Ulstafarians in the early ‘80s. Playing with Missy as a duo and in bands, he concentrates on jazz standards, swing, and some modern artists. He has played with Missy in Red Dirt Road and The Blue Martini Review.

Location & Directions

Merryall Center for the Arts
8 Chapel Hill Road



Merryall Center for the Arts

Contact Event Host

Gerard Monaghan


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