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Manolakos still amazed by her hit
Actress-singer whose 'Creep' YouTube video was sensation performs at Benziger WInery

Singer-actress Carrie Manolakos knows the look: "I'd show up somewhere and people would say, Oh, you're the girl from the 'Creep' video."

Not, you're the girl who left NYU before graduating to star in "Mamma Mia" on Broadway. Or you're the girl who toured with "Wicked."

But instead, you're the singer who covered that 1992 hit by Radiohead (a song the band rarely plays live anymore) in that YouTube video that went viral.

"It was all pretty crazy," she said, looking back a year later.

Taking a break from Manhattan, she's been in Sonoma for the past two weeks performing in "Fly Me to the Moon" as part of Transcendence Theatre's "Broadway Under the Stars" series at Jack London State Park. This weekend, she hooks up with her band and plays two shows in the wine cave at Benziger Winery.

Looking back, she still laughs at how it was the first time she'd ever sung the song "Creep" live with her band -- a move prompted by a recommendation from an ex-boyfriend.

A friend videotaped the show at (Le) Poisson Rouge, a club in New York's Greenwich Village, in April 2012 and a few days later she posted it on Facebook.

Maybe it was the way she builds to a lonely wail midway through. Or the weird disconnect between her heartfelt emotion and the cold, alienating song.

But whatever it was, the Reddit website picked it up. Then Gawker ran with it, posting "This Cover of Radiohead's 'Creep' Will Make Your Ears Orgasm."

Soon after, Josh Groban tweeted, "This gave me chills . . . nice job."

Alec Baldwin not only tweeted about it, but started sending her direct Twitter messages, offering to connect her with his contacts in the music business.

The New Yorker magazine chimed in, describing how Manolakos "performs the song with perfect earnestness, closing her eyes and choking back tears."

"I had no team at the time -- no PR, no anything," she said. "People were like, 'How did you do this?' and I said, 'I don't know.' It was just something that people resonated with. But it was super simple. No tricks. No bells and whistles. No cute kittens. It was just a song."

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