York Theater Company Presents “Marilyn Maye in May” Benefit Concert


originally published: 04/19/2022

(NEW YORK, NY) — The York Theater Companyin association with Riki Kane Larimer, will present a special one night only benefit concert evening with a special guest Manhattan Queen of Cabaret, Marilyn Maye, Accompanied by the Incomparable Tedd Firth for a One Night Only Special benefit concert Marilyn Maye in May Monday evening, May 16, 2022 from 7:30 p.m. at The York’s temporary home, The Theater at St. Jean’s (150 East 76th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues).

The spring benefit concert is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by a light buffet dinner and a special VIP reception with Ms. Maye. VIP tickets are priced at $200 (includes show and reception). For more information or to make a reservation, please call the box office at (212) 935-5820, Tuesday through Friday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., or email [email protected].

Manhattan’s queen of cabaret, the marvelous Marilyn Maye, presents a special one-night-only benefit concert at The York from Marilyn Maye in May. The Grammy-nominated singer, actress, director, arranger, educator and entertainer is a musical treasure. Delighted to share her performance with The York, she is known for her powerful delivery, electric stage presence and chatty dealings with the audience.

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The award-winning Ms. Maye has appeared on ‘The Tonight Show’ with Johnny Carson 76 times, a record for any singer. She was “discovered” by Steve Allen, who introduced her to his national television audience, which led to an RCA recording contract, seven albums and 34 singles. She was highlighted on “CBS Sunday Morning” with Mo Rocca, a feature film that was an outstanding tribute to her career and talent. His place in American music history was assured when the Smithsonian Institution Arts Council selected one of his recordings, “Too Late Now” for their album of America’s Top 110 Songs. 20th century compositions. Ms. Maye gives numerous symphony and big band concerts across the United States.

Marilyn Maye is an accomplished artist who breathes new life into the classics, carrying the torch of her peers who brought tunes from the Great American Songbook to the next generation of singers. A theatrical legend that has the power to “melt the hearts of the most hardened cynics” (The New York Times). “A combination of pure chops, miraculous showbiz acumen, incredible musicianship, razor-sharp sense of humor, and miles and miles of heart” (The Wall Street Journal). “A Great American Songbook champion, Maye is one with the music she sings…a study in confidence and ease, sliding in and out of pop standards to jazz and back again.” (cabaret scenes). “A master class in lyrical performance…authenticity and nuance…deeply heartfelt and moving.” (Pizzazz Theater). Simply put, “NO HOST GIVES YOU MORE IN TERMS OF GREAT MUSIC, GREAT THEATER AND GREAT COMEDY” (Opera News).

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The York Theater Company is the only theater in New York – and one of the few in the world – dedicated to the development and full production of new musicals and the preservation of neglected and notable performances of the past. For more than five decades, York’s intimate and imaginative style in producing original and classic musicals has garnered critical acclaim and recognition from performers and audiences alike. Under the direction of Production Artistic Director James Morgan since 1997, The York has focused on new musicals in its Mainstage series – most of them world, US or New York premieres – by some of the esteemed creators in the field and has also helped launch the careers of many talented new writers. Over 40 cast recordings of York Theater Company productions are now available on CD, including his acclaimed cover of closer than ever (2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival); commercial transfers of firsts to York such as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir (Tony Award nomination for actress Judy Kaye), and Jolson & Companyand the covers of Pacific Openings and Sweeney Todd (four Tony nominations, including Best Revival) have all highlighted the importance of The York and its programs.

Recent New York premieres have included Marrying Harry, a taste of things to comeand Rothschild & Sons. The critically acclaimed musical Yank! made its Off-Broadway debut at York in 2010, and went on to rave reviews in London, as did York’s Rothschild & Sons. The hit musical Cagney received its York premiere in 2015, moving to the Westside Theater for over 15 months. In 2017, Desperate measures received a total of 15 award nominations (and three wins) including “Best Musical” from Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Off-Broadway Alliance and later moved across town to New World Stages. The York received a Special Drama Desk Award for “Developing and Producing New Musicals” and most recently an Outer Critics Circle Special Award for “50 Years of Producing New and Classic Musicals”. Due to a flood at their 30-year-old home at St. Peter’s Church in January 2021, The York is currently performing at St. Jeans’ Theater at 76th Street and Lexington Avenue.

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