By: Sandi Durell
October 21, 2013
There’s a certain phenomenon that occurs when Marilyn Maye takes the stage – – is it her warmth, open arms, impeccable phrasing, her voice that flows effortlessly up and down scales as she plays with notes giving extra meaning to whatever she sings?
Opening night for the marvelous one’s return to 54 Below welcomed a spell-binding, vibrant, gracious and feisty lady (bedecked in a Mackie original, her sparkling jewels accessorizing) who turns a room of fans and friends into emotional mush. It’s just the way it is! She’s got you from the moment she walks on a stage. She’s funny and clever as she takes a lyric slip and turns it into a comic routine.
This lady can sing the proverbial phone book and it will come out a masterpiece. But instead she sang the great American songbook, or mainly swung it, in her own inimitable style.
From Kander & Ebb (Cabaret), Jerry Herman (Elegance, Hello Dolly, Mame) to a terrific Frank Loesser Guys and Dolls medley, Lerner & Loewe My Fair Lady medley or more dramatic Sondheim “Losing My Mind” and a staunch “I’m Still Here,” one wishes that Ms. Maye would spend endless hours just singing to us. It’s never enough.
Cleverly backed by Tedd Firth on piano (Oct. 21 & 23) and then with Billy Stritch (Oct. 24-Nov. 2), and Tom Hubbard on bass, with Ray Marchica on drums, this is an evening of sheer joy. Rush to make reservations!
*Photos Russ Weatherford * Video Magda Kata
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