Marilyn Maye is the musical sensation that has enchanted audiences and fans around the country for more than half a century. In a May 2011 "New York Times" review of her show at Feinstein’s in New York City, Stephen Holden wrote, “She has the inexhaustible stamina and vocal heft of a woman half her age, and her spirited optimism is irresistibly contagious. By the end of the evening, as is usually the case with her shows, I was walking on air, infused with a giddy certainty that life really is a cabaret.” In a 2010 "Wall Street Journal" profile, Will Friedwald raved, “Marilyn Maye is pretty much every singer you ever wanted to hear: She has the rhythm and the musicianship of a great jazz singer, the projection and personality of a heavyweight Broadway diva and creates the intimate bond with her audiences that we demand from a cabaret artist.”
RCA signed Maye to a lucrative recording contract in the 1950s, resulting in seven successful albums and timeless hits such as Cabaret and Step to the Rear. Television in its early years proved to be a great medium through which Maye reached fans, seeing her perform 76 times on The Johnny Carson Show and helping her to achieve the distinction she still holds today as the most frequently featured musical guest on The Tonight Show. In the decades leading up to the present, Marilyn has toured throughout the country and headlined sold-out shows in Hollywood, Las Vegas, Chicago and New York City. On stage, she has starred in critically-acclaimed productions of Follies, Can Can and Mame. In a testament to her true and lasting star power, Maye’s recording of Too Late Now from her Lamp is Low album is even included in the Smithsonian Institute’s Best Performers of the Best Compositions of the 20th Century permanent collection.
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