Edie Falco and Sandy Valerio
Edie Falco became the only actress to ever receive the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Dramatic Series, the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic Television Series, and the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama, all in the same year for her performance as “Carmela Soprano” in the groundbreaking HBO series The Sopranos’ debut season. She has subsequently been nominated for each award for each eligible television season, winning two additional Emmy Awards and another Golden Globe Award, as well as the American Film Institute’s award for Female Television Actor of the Year. When she received the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama, it was the first time in the history of the TCA that the award was presented to a woman. In 2009, Edie began her role as the title character in Showtime's original series Nurse Jackie. She is also known to television audiences from her recurring roles in the HBO dramatic series Oz and the acclaimed NBC series Law and Order , Homicide, and 30 Rock. Ms. Falco starred in the off-Broadway production of Sideman before following it to Broadway where the show picked up a Tony Award. For her performance, she received a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play. She went on to make her London stage debut in the West End premiere of Sideman, and thereafter opened the London production of the highly successful play The Vagina Monologues. When Ms. Falco starred opposite Stanley Tucci in the lauded revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, the play broke four house box office records at Broadway's Belasco Theatre making it the most successful play on Broadway all season. She appeared on Broadway most recently opposite Brenda Blethyn in the first revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, ‘Night, Mother. For the feature film Cost of Living, Ms. Falco received the American Film Institute’s Best Actress Award. Her performance in the film Laws of Gravity earned her an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Female Lead Actor. For her performance in John Sayles’ Sunshine State,Ms. Falco received the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other film credits include A Price Above Rubies, Copland, Trouble on the Corner, Private Parts, Hurricane, Layin’ Low, Breathing Room, The Funeral, The Addiction, Bullets Over Broadway, Trust, The Unbelievable Truth, Random Hearts, Freedomland and the title character in the award-winning film Judy Berlin.
Sandy Valerio is currently working as a vocal coach, accompanist, and musical arranger at his studio in East Northport, Long Island. After completing undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music, Sandy and his wife Suzanne made their home on Long Island where they launched their musical careers. Sandy began as the leader of a piano trio working in and around Manhattan while Suzanne played cello in the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra. During the day, Sandy began teaching music in public high schools on Long Island and eventually found working with talented young people to be more exciting than the freelance playing. He was invited to work at Northport High School and decided to stay for the next thirty years. While at Northport, he developed an award-winning vocal music program and a choir that performed at state, regional national and European music conventions as a featured ensemble. Many of Sandy's former students were music scholarship winners who have become colleagues and trusted friends. Having retired from Northport High School in 2003, Sandy continues to teach private students of all ages, works as a published arranger, accompanist and as an adjunct professor in music while still enjoying an active playing and guest conducting career.