On April 10, 2021 Marilyn Maye turned 93. She celebrated her big day at the Wick Theatre in Florida. For New Yorker’s and for those who can stream, Marilyn premieres Broadway, The Maye Way, as part of the 54 Below Premieres series tonight Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 7 PM ET and continues on-demand through June 19. Filmed at Feintstein’s/ 54 Below Marilyn has never seemed more at home.
Watching Ms. Maye is like taking a master class in singing and phrasing. She has her own style and makes every lyric come alive with nuance. This show is a must for anyone who wants to sing or just loves music.
Starting off with the Jerome Kern/ Oscar Hammerstein classic “The Song Is You,” Maye proves that not only is the song you but music is her soul.
Sondheim’s “Old Friends,” is phrased in such a new way, that I felt like I was hearing the lyric for the first time and I knew it well.
A robust version of Peggy Lee’s and Bill Schluger “I Love Being Here with You,” and the Arlen/ Mercer classic “Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home” followed.
Did you know that Maye was the first to sing Kander and Ebb’s “Cabaret”? One of her biggest hits “Step to The Rear” by Elmer Bernstein and Carolyn Leigh from How Now Dow Jones was used for a car commercial and gave her “four wonderful, residual years,” was used for several political campaigns and even got a man elected.
Ms. Maye played Dolly Levi for three weeks at Starlight Theater in Kansas City and went on to keep on playing her for four more years at different theaters. The audience was treated to Jerry Herman’s “Hello, Dolly!,” “Ribbons Down My Back,” and “Elegance” with a brief appearance by the man who played one of her Barnaby’s.
Maye’s favorite show after Hello, Dolly! and Mame, which she also performed in is My Fair Lady.” The Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe tunes “I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” were given Maye way arrangements.
Not to be forgotten “Mame” and “If He Walked Into My Life” were given powerful treatments that sent chills during the later. I have watched Maye sing “If He Walked Into My Life” before and it gets more and more intense each time she sing it and yet at the same time more real, if that is at all possible.
Next was a smile section, something we can all use right now. “When You’re Smiling,” “Pack Up Your Troubles,” “Smile,” “Your Smiling Face,”“I Love to See You Smile” and “Put on a Happy Face,” ranged era’s and styles, yet were cohesive and welcomed.
For me the next four songs were the highlight of the evening. First up was “Fifty Percent” from the Marilyn and Alan Bergman and Billy Goldenberg Broadway show Ballroom. I have longed to see this show revived and after hearing Marilyn sing this, I want to see it even more. She captured the song perfectly.
Walter Marks’ song “Golden Rainbow” has Maye at her best. This arrangement is so fabulous and her phrasing so unique and spot on that I could have listened to it over and over.
Then came the classic Stephen Sondheim song “I’m Still Here” from Follies. I did not know that Maye had played Sally in Houston and Carlotta in San Diego. After hearing this laid back, nuanced version I am so sorry I missed these performances. Thankfully I got to see a part of it here.
Closing off the show was “It’s Toady” from Mame.
Maye is backed by the remarkable Tedd Firth on piano. He is her musical director and also does her piano arrangements. There is no one better than Mr. Firth. On bass Thomas Hubbard and on a mean drum Mark McLean.
The show directed by Cody Williams was a little talky, but highly relatable.
Maye delivers all 24 songs brilliantly and her way. I was satisfied to the hilt and you will be too.
For tickets www.54Below.com/marilyn
Santino Fontana Brings Voice, Comedy and Showmanship To 54 Below
Tony Award® winner Santino Fontana brings his tremendous talent to 54 Below and it is a show that wraps you up in his humor, charm, vocal prowess, laid back demeanor, jeopardy style musical choices and over all entertaining. By the end of the show you feel as if you know him or at least a part of him. Starting off with Charles Strouse and Lee Adams’s “Stick Around,” the night turned into a Russian roulette of material. The audience picked numbers and as Santino put it “if you don’t like the show, it’s your fault.” First up for my show was the naughty but amusing “Making Love Alone” followed by Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella‘s “Do I Love You,” which made for an amusing combination of songs. During Cinderella Mr. Fontana had shoes that were built up 2 inches inside and 2 inches outside, which cause a tremendous amount of pain, so the song told the story of his plight, which made the song take on a much different meaning. Sondheim’s “Anyone Can Whistle,” was sung for a Carol Burnett tribute, that luckily we were treated to.
His guest for the evening was Sarah Steele (“The Good Wife,” The Humans, The Country House) who sang “out There On My Own” from Fame. On the 14th it will be Greg Hildreth (Company, Disney’s Frozen, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella). Click on the name and you can hear that version.
Showing off his baritone side with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “If I Loved You.” We almost got to see Santino in Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields”s Sweet Charity, instead we got hint of what that would be like with “Too Many Tomorrows.” A hilarious version of “I feel Pretty” from West Side Story lightened the mood and had the room in tears. Recreating his duet “Love Is An Open Door” from Frozen, Santino channeled Dorothy Michaels from Tootsie. Again the room was laughing with the sheer comedic genius that won Mr. Fontana a Tony Award. Bringing the energy to a calmer state was the emotional Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley’s “Who Can I Turn To?”
Vocally the most impressive song of the night was “Joey, Joey, Joey” from Most Happy Fellow. Mr. Fontana’s voice was glorious in the tones and the subtle texturing. Keeping in the ballad mode and honoring Marilyn Bergman he launched into the iconic “Where Do You Start,”while accompany himself on the piano, which was highly impressive. Back to the uptempo mode “I Met A Girl” from Bells Are Ringing, was given a rigorous, amusing take. This was his original audition song. Lerner and Loewe’s “How to Handle a Woman,” from the recent Camelot, showed how Santino would have made an excellent King Arthur.
Another favorite moment of the night was “Buddy’s Blues” from Follies. Already a personal favorite, this made me want to see Santino play this role at a later date, though personally I would cast him as Ben.
For the finale songs “The Music In You” from Cinderella, told how he and the cast loved watching the magnificent Victoria Clark perform. “This Can’t Be Love” from 1938 Rodgers and Hart musical The Boys from Syracuse, ended up in an encore, of Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones’s “They Were You” from The Fantasticks, which made my guest producer Pat Addiss extremely happy.
Santino was backed by his musical director and accompanist Cody Owen Stine, who played flawlessly.
Santino Fontana opened September 10th at 54 Below and you can still catch this marvelous show tonight September 14th. 54below.com
This is a do not miss!
Talking With Mauricio Martínez About His New Show 5’11, Based in NYC and More
I met Emmy Award winner Mauricio Martínez when he was performing in Children of Salt and have watched him ever since. He then became known for the Broadway musical On Your Feet!, but before that he appeared in the Emmy Winning TV Show El Vato NBC, the hit Señora Acero Telemundo and several Mexican telenovela. T2C talked to this prolific actor/ singer to learn more.
His new show at 54 Below talks about all the self-tape sides filling up his Dropbox. In his new show, 5’11, Based in NYC, Mauricio is putting those to good use in a musical “What If…,” sorting through what might have been. Pushing aside the ring light, you will lean more about this uber talented Mexican American.
His show on October 5 and 6 at 7pm is at 54 Below. The show feature Linedy Genao (Bad Cinderella, On Your Feet!) and Alexis Michelle (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) and is written by Mauricio Martínez & Robbie Rozelle, with musical direction and arrangements by Brian J. Nash. Directed by Robbie Rozelle.
Video by Magda Katz
Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Linda Purl Not Just An Actress
Last night Linda Purl took the audience at The Green Room 42 on a magical journey.
In 2020 Linda Purl starred as Ryan Spahn mother in Vivian Neuwirth’s Mr. Toole at 59E59 Theaters.
Ms Purl just released her fourth album of standards, This Could Be the Start. If the CD is anything like the concert this s a must have,
Linda Purl Had The Room In Her Hand at The Green Room 42
You know Linda Purl, for her work on Movies of the Week, Happy Days, The Bold and the Beautiful, Matlock, Murder She Wrote, The Office and more. Recently she released her fourth album of standards, This Could Be the Start, and she celebrated its debut with a special concert Monday, September 11th at The Green Room 42.
Standards such as “This Could Be The Start,” I’ve Gotta Lot of Living,””Shall We Dance,” “Caravan,“Blue Moon,” “Let’s Get Lost,” “Taking a Chance on Love,” “Here’s To Life” and more were given a sultry, laid back, come hither approach. You can tell Ms. Purl is an actress first, as these song, all told stories that wrapped you in their spell. The lyrics become front and center, but are thrown away with a knowing that surpasses time. Part of the magic is the alternating rhythms to the originals that make these versions stand out and draw you in.
Part of this intoxication is her musical director Ted Firth, who is a musical genius. Purl has been working with him for 15 years. When ever I fall in love with an arrangement, inevitably it is always Ted Firth at the helm. Firth was on piano with David Finck on bass and Ray Marchica on drums. Purl smartly uses the best of the best.
During Ms. Purl’s patter we learned about her love of hiking, she hails from Colorado, her partner, Patrick Duffy, and their sourdough starter company, as well as painting old trees with paint and glitter.
Purl knows how to keep her audience in the palm of her hand and wanting more. She is warm, engaging and a song stylist, that will keep you coming back for more.
All photo’s and video are Magda Katz
Daisy Jopling and Frank Shiner Raise Money To Give Kids The Gift 0f Music
Classical/rock violinist Daisy Jopling, vocalist Frank Shiner and her fabulous band performed at Chelsea Table + Stage Saturday, September 9 at 9:30 PM. The duo perform an eclectic mix of music from blues and standards to classical. The magical band that accompanied them included Ray DeTone on guitar, Sofia Gould on saxophone, Jeff Miller on piano, Lavondo Thomas on bass and Dan Weiner on drums.
17 year old, Sofia Gould was a Daisy Jopling student and one of the reasons this foundation is so needed.
For a special treat 17 year old Melisa Muñoz played a mean trumpet.
Daisy tours the world with her own band, and also runs a music mentorship foundation.
The Daisy Jopling Foundation has given 6,810 children world class music performances for free.
4,500 hours of time volunteered.
1,000 residents given free tickets to our concerts.
920 children served in their mentoring programs.
Partnered with over 50 non-ройt organizations to.
transform their student’s lives.
Daisy was the first international violinist to perform a major concert at the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt on November 4, 2022, collaborating with Egyptian stars Hany Adel, Wust El Balad and Noha Fekry.
Daisy started off by playing a concerto at the Royal Albert Hall in London at the age of 14, the opening of the Vienna Festival, 53 stunning concert halls in China, creating “Illuminance” on Bannerman Island, NY which aired on PBS in 2021 and 2022, and performing her own “Awakening” Concert at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.
Frank Shiner released his debut album, The Real Me, in 2014, A second LP, Lonely Town, Lonely Street, he released on his own Bakerson Records label. He is now writing a musical about his dad, in which he debuted one of the songs.
They ending the concert with “Joy To The World.” This was a great night of raising funding for children and music.
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