Cotuit Center for the Arts and Mark Cortale present Marilyn Maye with Billy Stritch at the piano on Tuesday, August 27, at 7:30 PM.
The legendary Marilyn Maye is a singer, actress, director, arranger, educator, and a Grammy-nominated recording artist who receives rave reviews everywhere she goes. She appeared 76 times on the Tonight Show, more than any other entertainer. After one of her show-stopping appearances, Carson turned to the audience and said, “And that, young singers, is how it’s done.”
Rex Reed wrote, “Her show is not to be missed... It’s a master class in singing, conducted by a polished pro who majored in unforgettable."
Chuck Lavazzi of KDHX wrote of a recent St. Louis performance of Broadway and American Songbook numbers, “Maye used her commanding performance presence and vocal virtuosity to immediately connect with the orchestra. . . . Her boundless energy, good humor, and obvious delight in her material are, in short, irresistible.”
Now 91, Maye still maintains a demanding performance schedule at venues such as the Metropolitan Room, Birdland, Town Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Theater, and Lincoln Center in New York and at other locations across the country, often performing to standing-room only audiences. The New York Times wrote: “A phenomenal demonstration of one woman’s stamina and musical intelligence! This ageless dynamo has earned a singular place in New York’s cabaret world.”
Best known for her cabaret singing, Maye flows easily from ballads to swing to jazz waltz, often grouping songs into meaningful medleys, and offering reflections on her richly lived life. A review of her “90 at Last!” show at 54 Below noted, “The emotional tide that sweeps through the audience is ever present in this unique interpreter of song, as she vocally flows up, down, and around, bringing life to lyrics.”
Maye began her professional singing career at the age of 9 by winning a 13-week appearance on radio station WIBW in Topeka, Kansas, and she has been singing ever since. She began emceeing variety shows at 11 and had her own radio program at 15. During her eleven-year engagement at the Colony in Kansas City, she was discovered by Steve Allen, who was the first to present her to a national television audience.
That led to an RCA recording contract. She has released seven albums and 34 singles, including the first hit recordings of “Cabaret” and “Step to the Rear.” “The Lamp is Low,” recorded with a full orchestra, is considered a classic. The Arts Council of the Smithsonian Institution selected one of her recordings, “Too Late Now,” for the Smithsonian-produced album of the 110 Best American Compositions of the Twentieth Century.
Her many symphony concert appearances include the Florida Symphony, The Philly Pops, The Phoenix Symphony, The Kansas City Symphony, The Omaha Symphony, The Pasadena Symphony, and two appearances with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall for tributes to Stephen Sondheim and Frank Loesser.
Ticket are $60, $40 for balcony seating. There is a $5 discount for members and a $2 discount for seniors and veterans.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.artsonthecape.org or call 508-428-0669. Cotuit Center for the Arts is at 4404 Route 28 in Cotuit.
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Marilyn Maye with Billy Stritch at the Piano
Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Route 28, Cotuit
Tuesday, August 27, 7:30 PM.
$60, $40 for balcony seating. $5 discount for members; $2 discount for seniors and veterans.