Season 2: Episode 18: Marilyn Maye: Icon, Singer, Survivor, Queen of Cabaret, Grammy Nominee, Broadway, Feinstein’s/54 Below

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Iconic, legendary, Grammy nominee, Queen of Cabaret are just some of the terms used to describe the ever so vibrant Marilyn Maye. After a year of no live performances due to the global pandemic, at 93 years young Marilyn is back where she belongs, LIVE on stage! I talk with Marilyn about her illustrious career, upcoming Feinstein’s/54 Below concert Broadway, The Maye Way, survival, & so much more!

Broadway, The Maye Way premiere stream is on Saturday, May 8 at 7pm, then will be on demand from May 9-29. Click here for tickets!

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Marilyn Maye is a highly praised singer, actress, director, arranger, educator, a Grammy nominated recording artist and a musical treasure. Her entire life has been committed to the art of song and performance.

The award-winning Maye appeared 76 times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson – the record for a singer. His usual accolade for her came after one of her show-stopping appearances on The Tonight Show when he turned to his audience of millions, Carson said, “And that, young singers, is the way it’s done.”

She was “discovered” by Steve Allen who presented her various times to his national television audience. That led her to an RCA recording contract, seven albums and 34 singles.

Her recent CBS Sunday Morning feature with Mo Rocca was an outstanding tribute to her career and talent. She was interviewed and sang on Harry (Harry Connick Jr.) NBC TV.

Her place in American music history was assured when 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.

Marilyn performs many symphony and big-band concerts throughout the United States: Feinstein’s/54 Below, Birdland Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center and countless others.

In the Wall Street Journal last year, Will Friedwald wrote, “When going to hear Marilyn Maye, you’ll find on one side of the room are the Broadway and cabaret people, who tend to like their singing big and theatrical, with a lot of drama and stage presence. On the other side is the jazz crowd, who want everything hip and cool and understated, and will split the scene if anything doesn’t swing. Ms. Maye is the only pop-song diva working today who can satisfy both crowds at once”.

Marilyn conducts Master Classes and coaches privately in New York and in many United State cities. Sharing the techniques and experiences of her lifelong career brings great joy and inspiration to her.


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