Marilyn Maye to Bring BY REQUEST to Metropolitan Room for Series of Shows, Begin. 12/31
It's a New Year's tradition that doesn't get old. For the third year in a row Marilyn Maye brings back her exciting "By Request" format for a week of raucous revelry after ringing out 2013 with back-to-back shows on New Year's Eve. Maye's remarkable performances will be accompanied by pianist/conductor Billy Stritch, bassist Tom Hubbard, and drummer Ray Marchica. The party doesn't stop until Sunday January 12.With showtimes at 7:30pm and 10:40pm on Tuesday December 31, Marilyn creates "The Biggest Party EVER." (Music charges are $50 per person for the early show, and $154.99 per person, open bar-inclusive, for the late show.) After New Year's Eve, the merry-making continues, for seven nights between January 3 and 12, with a hard-to-resist music charge of only $30 per person. "Marilyn by Request" plays Fri to Sun January 3, 4 and 5; Wed & Thurs January 8 & 9, and Sat & Sun January 11 & 12. All shows are at 7pm. Maye is in the midst of one of the most exciting chapters of a storied career. A nightclub mainstay, RCA recording artist and musical theatre actress in the '60s, '70s, and '80s, the "Best New Artist" Grammy nominee (1965) returned to New York in October 2006 after a 15-year absence. At the invitation of the late Donald Smith her epochal Cabaret Convention appearance segued into an unbroken string of sold-out runs at the Metropolitan Room through 2010. It is here that Maye built a new following, introducing an entirely new generation to the fun-loving performance style that once was the hallmark of large rooms and nightclubs across the country. This is Ms. Maye's 14th Metropolitan Room engagement. For the last five years (2009 thru 2013) Maye received the "Celebrity Artist of the Year" award from the MAC Association. Steven Holden states (October 2013), "Ms. Maye has the remarkable ability to transform upbeat sloganeering into rousing affirmation, infused with such certainty and sense of purpose that she can penetrate the armor and melt the heart of the most hardened cynics".Rex Reed writes (October 2013), "Stopping time and making every minute count, she converts the stage into a master class in Show Business 101. She is the best, and so are her musicians. Starting from some spontaneous place and creating a mood based on the story told in the lyrics, she becomes a collaborator to Kander and Ebb, Jerry Herman, Frank Loesser, Lerner and Lowe and Stephen Sondheim, and an inspiration for young audiences hearing their songs for the first time, catching moments of truth as she goes along." For information, or to order online, visit www.metropolitanroom.com or call 212/206-0440. The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd Street.