COSTA MESA — Melissa Manchester has one of the most convincing voices in pop music. Why, then, does she expend so much energy mugging, waving her arms, jumping up and down from the piano and racing around the stage?
Maybe she just has to. Her vivacious presence Saturday during the second night of a two-night engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra nearly overshadowed fine performances of her past hits intermixed with a Gershwin medley and tributes to both Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf. Her overly animated ways brought to mind the onstage antics of her friend and onetime boss Bette Midler.