Cotuit Center for the Arts will present the Marilyn Maye concert in September

Cotuit Center for the Arts and Mark Cortale are proud to present Marilyn Maye, legend of cabaret, jazz and musical theatre, accompanied by Tedd Firth on piano. Ms. Maye will perform on the main stage on Labor Day, Monday, September 5 at 6:00 p.m.

The legendary Marilyn Maye is a singer, actress, director, arranger, educator and a
Grammy-nominated artist who receives rave reviews everywhere she goes. His whole life has been devoted to the art of song and performance.

Ms Maye appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 76 times, the record for any entertainer. Perhaps the simplest accolade for Marilyn Maye came after one of her stunning appearances on The Tonight Show when, turning to her audience of millions, Johnny Carson said, “And that, young singers, that’s how it goes.”

Chuck Lavazzi of KDHX wrote of a recent St. Louis performance of Broadway and American Songbook numbers, “Maye used her commanding presence and vocal virtuosity to immediately connect with the orchestra. . . . His boundless energy, good humor and evident pleasure in his materials are, in short, irresistible.”

Now 94, Maye still maintains a demanding performance schedule at venues including the Metropolitan Room, Birdland, City Hall, 92nd Street Y and Lincoln Center in New York City and other locations across the country, often performing in front of standing spectators. . The New York Times wrote, “A phenomenal display of one woman’s stamina and musical intelligence! This ageless dynamo has earned a singular place in the New York cabaret world.”

Best known for her cabaret singing, Maye moves 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 his “90 at Last!” show at 54 Below noted, “The emotional tide sweeping through the audience is ever-present in this unique performer of the song, as she vocally rises, falls and spins, bringing the lyrics to life.”

Maye began her professional singing career at the age of 9 by landing a 13-week appearance on radio station WIBW in Topeka, Kansas, and she has been singing ever since. She started hosting variety shows at age 11 and had her own radio show at age 15. During her eleven-year commitment to the Kansas City Colony, she was discovered by Steve Allen, who was the first to introduce her to a national television audience. This led to an RCA recording contract.

Maye has released seven albums and 34 singles, including the first hit recordings of “Cabaret” and “Step to the Rear”. His album The Lamp is Low, recorded with a full orchestra, is considered a classic. His place in American music history was assured when the Smithsonian Institution’s Arts Council selected one of his recordings, “Too Late Now”, for the Smithsonian-produced album of America’s 110 Best Songs. of the XXth century.

His numerous symphony concert appearances in the United States include the Florida Symphony, The Philly Pops, The Phoenix Symphony, The Kansas City Symphony, The Omaha Symphony and, in June 2015, The Pasadena Symphony under Michael Feinstein. Maye performed twice with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall to pay tribute to Stephen Sondheim and Frank Loesser, with both shows receiving stunning applause and rave reviews.

Marilyn Maye will be joined on the Cotuit stage by Tedd Firth, whom The New York Times called “a prodigiously gifted and versatile pianist”.

Tickets are $60, with a $5 discount for members and a $2 discount for seniors/veterans. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at 508-428-0669 x0.

Cotuit Center for the Arts is located at 4404 Falmouth Road/Route 28 in Cotuit.

Photo credit: Steven Sorokoff

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