Meet Maxine Linehan Singing U2’s Hits For AIDS

Meet Maxine Linehan Singing U2’s Hits For AIDS

Maxine Lineman

Critically acclaimed vocalist Maxine Linehan announced today that she will release a single of U2’s hit “One” on Monday, March 14 on iTunes. All profits from the sale of the single will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in the spirit of giving that U2 laid out when they first released the benefit single to raise money for AIDS research.

As previously announced, Linehan will explore depth and breadth of the songbook of “the biggest band in the world” (Rolling Stone) in One – The Songs of U2 on Monday, March 14 at 7pm at Birdland (315 West 44th Street) as part of the Broadway at Birdland series. She will now be joined by guest vocalists Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera, I Am Harvey Milk) and Tony® Award nominee Jarrod Spector (Beautiful, Jersey Boys) to perform U2 classics like “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Beautiful Day,” “Where the Streets Have No Name,” and of course the quintessential “One.”

After the success of last year’s U2 concert at Birdland, Linehan returns, this time with an all-new show, revealing new meaning within the unforgettable melodies and poetic lyrics of the world’s biggest band. Tickets are $30-50 and available by visiting or calling 212.581.3080. Please note that Birdland has a $10 food and beverage minimum per guest. This benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is directed by Scott Siegel and has musical direction by Ryan Shirar.

Maxine Linehan Photo by Emma Meade IMG_2052

Recently Ms. Linehan’s album “Beautiful Songs” was just nominated for a MAC Award.

Maxine Linehan has performed at venues as diverse as Lincoln Center, Ars Nova, Birdland, and The Town Hall. She was acclaimed in the off-Broadway, one woman drama, Bronte, starred in the First National Tour of the Lincoln Center production of South Pacific directed by Bartlett Sher, and has recorded three independent albums, including the brilliantly reviewed recording of Beautiful Songs.

Critics have been unanimous in their praise for Linehan. The New York Times called her “fiercely talented … she takes favorites that you thought you knew and infuses them with an intensely personal point of view.” USA Today wrote, “Linehan lends her warm, throbbing voice to an inspired medley celebrating the kind of romantic love that endures.” The Huffington Post called her “glorious, with a tender, thoughtful, and heartfelt voice that delivers both in musicality and emotion.”

Brian Charles Rooney made his Broadway debut The Threepenny Opera (Roundabout Theatre Co.) and won the CT Critics Circle Award for POP! (Yale Repertory). Brian has won two NY Musical Theatre Festival Outstanding Performance Awards for Bedbugs!!! (2008) & Bayonets of Angst (2014). He appeared with Kristin Chenoweth at Lincoln Center in Andrew Lippa’s I Am Harvey Milk and at Carnegie Hall in Guys & Dolls starring Nathan Lane and Megan Mullally. TV: “Camelot, Live from Lincoln Center” and “Sondheim! The Birthday Concert” (both for PBS). In 2007, Brian won The Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lys Symonette Award for Dramatic Excellence. He has appeared in concert at 54 Below and Joe’s Pub, and as a soloist with the Oregon, Seattle, and Albany Symphony Orchestras. Follow him on Twitter: @BCR_Octaves

Jarrod Spector is from Philadelphia, attended Princeton University, and studied acting at the Atlantic Theater Company. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Barry Mann in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and played Frankie Valli in Broadway’s Jersey Boys for a record 1500 performances. Other credits include Broadway’s Les Miserables (Gavroche) and the national tours of Les Miserables and Jersey Boys. Off-Broadway he has played the title role in Hamlet, and regionally he played Bert Berns in Piece of My Heart (NY Stage & Film). Find concert/album info at or Twitter (@jarrodspector).

U2 has won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band; and, in 2005, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.

The award-winning Broadway at Birdland concert series has been celebrating the stars and creators of the Great White Way for thirteen years.

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Maxine Linehan

An Irish native, Maxine Linehan performed her first professional role for The Irish Operatic Repertory Company in Cork when she was 17 and has since performed in many theatrical productions both musical and dramatic. Favorite roles include Nancy in Oliver, Maria in The Sound of Music, and The Lead Nurse in the first national touring company of Lincoln Centre’s Tony Award winning South Pacific. Maxine co-founded the not for profit alloy theater company which produced Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me On A Sunday, and the American premiere of the award winning Irish play The Mushroom Pickers. In 2011, Maxine made her off-Broadway debut in the critically acclaimed solo play Brontë; A portrait of Charlotte about the groundbreaking author of Jane Eyre. As a concert performer Maxine has performed at Town Hall, Lincoln Center, Feinstein’s/54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, and Birdland. In 2009 she created and performed a nightclub act as a tribute to Petula Clark, which later led to her first independent studio album What Would Petula Do?. Her debut single, a reimagined cover of the 60’s hit You Don’t Own Me, features rap artist Phlaymz and has garnered much attention. Maxine’s solo show An American Journey, a story of immigration told through song, sold out at Birdland and Terminus recording studios and led to a live album. Maxine’s show Beautiful Songs (and album of the same name) had a sold out run at The Metropolitan Room and received a rave review from the New York Times. Maxine is a Barrister by training, studied at The Inns of Court School of Law in London, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is a member of Actors’ Equity. Maxine lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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