Maude Maggart Returns To The Oak Room
Maude Maggart the critically-acclaimed chanteuse - hailed as "bewitching" by The New York Times, "utterly enchanting" by the New York Post and "stunning" by the Los Angeles Times - will return to The Oak Room of The Algonquin Hotel for a six week engagement from April 1 - May 10. Her new show, "Speaking of Dreams," will feature John Boswell (April 1 - 12) and Lanny Meyers (April 15 - May 10) on piano and Yair Evnine on cello and guitar. All performances are at the Oak Room (59 West 44th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues). Please call (212) 419-9331 for reservations.
"Speaking of Dreams" explores the different interpretations of dreams and how they manifest themselves. The program will features standards from the golden age such as "Dream A Little Dream Of Me," "When You Wish Upon A Star" and "Look To The Rainbow," as well as songs from more recent writers like Joan Baez ("Speaking of Dreams"), Kate Bush ("A Deeper Understanding") and Paul Williams ("The Rainbow Connection"). The show will coincide with the release of the CD Dreamland, her collaboration with stage and television star Brent Spiner, a new concept album that mixes radio drama with musical soundtrack. Before coming to New York, "Speaking of Dreams" will have a special preview engagement at the Gardenia in Los Angeles on March 20 and 21.
Last summer, Maude made her Australian debut as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. In February, she performed her second annual engagement in London as part of Jeff Harnar's "American Songbook in London" series at the Jermyn Street Theatre. Maude has been featured on NPR's "Morning Edition," a Time Out New York cover story and Entertainment Weekly's "Must List." Maude recently filmed her screen debut in a new movie about composer Kurt Weill by director/actor/screenwriter Robert Downey, Sr. Last year, she recorded a duet with Broadway and TV star John Lithgow for his CD, The Sunny Side of the Street, which was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Her latest CD, Maude Maggart Live, includes classic love songs such as "Skylark," "I Can't Get Started," "All The Things You Are" and "The Song Is You," in addition to rarely-heard vintage compositions by Kurt Weill ("The River Is So Blue"), Jerome Kern ("Let's Begin") and Harry Warren ("Coffee in the Morning, Kisses at Night"). Her previous CD, Maude Maggart Sings Irving Berlin, features well-known standards from Berlin's catalog such as "The Song Is Ended," "Always" and "What'll I Do" in addition to lesser known songs such as "When I Leave The World Behind," "Slumming on Park Avenue" and "Yiddisha Nightingale." Her recordings - which has have been featured in Newsweek, on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" and on the BBC in London - are available at CDBaby.com.
Maude Maggart is the scion of an acclaimed show business family: her grandmother starred in the George White Scandals, her grandfather was the star vocalist for the famed Harry James Big Band, her parents met while performing in the Broadway musical Applause and her sister is pop singer-songwriter Fiona Apple. Born and raised near 125th Street in New York City, Maude created a stir in Hollywood with her debut show at the Gardenia, when The Los Angeles Times said "Maude Maggart's talent and imagination offer hope for the future of cabaret."
Fostered by Andrea Marcovicci and Michael Feinstein, Maude has performed at nightclubs around the country, including Feinstein's at the Regency in Manhattan, the Plush Room in San Francisco, the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, the Savor Room in St. Louis and Schroeder's in San Diego. For the 92nd Street Y "Lyrics and Lyricists" series, Maude has starred in Easy to Love: The Love Songs of Cole Porter, Kurt Weill In America and Noel Coward and His Ladies, curated by Steve Ross. In 2005, she was featured in the LAByrinth Theatre Company's Obsession benefit, curated and directed by John Patrick Shanley. Maude is the recipient of the 2005 Time Out New York Award for Special Achievement, the 2005 MAC Award for Best Female Debut and the 2005 Back Stage Award for Special Achievement.
She has headlined shows at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater Company, New York's Downtown River to River Festival, Guild Hall in East Hampton, the Hudson Opera House, the Oregon Festival of American Music, the Bridgeport Playhouse, the Palm Beach Pops and Michael Feinstein's "Standard Time" concert series at Carnegie Hall. For more information, please visit www.maudemaggart.com.