Maureen McGovern, the two-time Grammy Award nominated vocalist and actress, will perform her acclaimed show Home For The Holidays in New York, with an exclusive engagement at 54 Below, from December 18 to 23. McGovern will present an evening featuring songs of the season, some unexpected and some traditional "chestnuts." She will be joined by her longtime Musical Director, Jeffrey Harris, on piano and Jay Leonhart on bass.
Maureen McGovern, celebrated as "The Stradivarius Voice," marks the 40th anniversary of the release of her #1 Oscar-winning International Gold Record, "The Morning After" from The Poseidon Adventure, which garnered her a Grammy Award nomination in 1973 for "Best New Artist." Maureen received her second Grammy Award nomination in 1998 for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal" for her solo piano/voice album, The Pleasure of His Company, with Emmy-winning, Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, Mike Renzi. She was also a featured guest artist on the Grammy Award-winning Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers. Her hits include "Can You Read My Mind" from Superman, the Oscar-winning "We May Never Love Like This Again" from The Towering Inferno and "Different Worlds" from the TV series "Angie." Other critically acclaimed recordings include tributes to George Gershwin, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Harold Arlen and Richard Rodgers. Her current PS Classics CD, A Long and Winding Road has been praised by The New York Times as "A captivating musical scrapbook from the 1960's to the early 70's. Ms. McGovern's vocal technique is second to none."
In 2005, Ms. McGovern was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her role as Marmee in Little Women, The Musical on Broadway. In 1981, she made her Broadway debut as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, then went on to star as Luisa in Nine with Raul Julia and as Polly Peachum in 3 Penny Opera with Sting. Maureen reprised her role as Marmee in the 1st National Tour of Little Women, The Musical and starred as Mrs. Anna in the Broadway revival and National Tour of The King & I. Regionally, she has starred in Elegies, Dear World, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Lion in Winter, Letters from 'Nam and Of Thee I Sing-Let 'Em Eat Cake, among others. She is currently performing her IRNE Award-winning "Best Solo Performance" one-woman musical memoir Carry It On (co-written and created with director, Philip Himberg). Her feature films include the role of Sr. Angelina the guitar-strumming nun in the classic comedy Airplane and Airplane II, The Sequel. Maureen also played the nightclub singer in The Towering Inferno and the role of Rache' in Dreamworks' animated video/DVD Joseph: King of Dreams with Ben Affleck.
For 33 years, Ms. McGovern served the Muscular Dystrophy Association as volunteer, performer, Board Member, Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Chairperson and NYC Telethon Co-Host (for 6 years). Maureen supports music therapy and has been an Artist Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association since 2001.
More information is at www.MaureenMcGovern.com.
Maureen McGovern will perform Home For The Holidays at 54 Below (254 West 54th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue) on Tuesday, December 18 at 9:30pm, Wednesday, December 19 through Sunday, December 23 at 7pm, with an additional 10pm show on Saturday, December 22. There is a $60 cover charge in the main dining room and a $50 cover at the bar. All seats have a $30 food and beverage minimum. Please visit 54Below.com for additional information.
54 BELOW, Broadway's nightclub, is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, 54 BELOW is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style.
In their description of 54 BELOW, The New York Times writes "the club has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat. Its sultry after-hours ambience is enhanced by brocade-patterned wall panels planted with orange-shaded lanterns. And the atmosphere is warmer and sexier than in Manhattan's other major supper clubs." The New York Post calls the venue "a gorgeous new cabaret space. With its heavy lineup of moonlighting Broadway stars, 54 Below has the congenial feel of a theater hangout where stars go to unwind and sing the songs that really matter to them. It's a pleasure to share their joy."
Designed by Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty and architect Richard Lewis, lit by Tony Award winner Ken Billington and with sound by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski, 54 BELOW features an in-your-living-room intimate relationship between its performers and audiences. Tony Award winner Scott Wittman serves as Creative Consultant and MAC Award Winner Phil Geoffrey Bond serves as Director of Programming. André J. Marrero is the Executive Chef of the new venue, which provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Bringing together his love of the arts with his passion for cooking and hospitality, Chef André has created a market driven contemporary bistro menu that includes ingredients sourced from all over the world.
54 BELOW is owned and operated by Tony Award winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel and Steven Baruch. 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly and has audio and video recording capabilities. The cover charge ranges from $5-$85.