New Jersey Stage

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cape May Stage Presents dangling conversations...

(Cape May, NJ) -– Cape May Stage, South Jersey's premier professional Equity theatre, is delighted to welcome another stellar Broadway performer into their ranks.  On Monday, July 25th, Maureen McGovern lends her considerable talents to the Otto and Phoebe Haas Stage.  Often called "The Stradivarius Voice", McGovern has been thrilling audiences in a career that's spanned over 40 years.  Join her as part of Cape May Stage's Second Stage ‘Women of Broadway' Series as she enchants audiences at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse in an exclusive concert performance of her new show dangling conversations.

Celebrating the 2nd half of The Great American Songbook, Maureen McGovern's new show (and late Fall 2011 CD release) will offer audiences classic songs by iconic singers/songwriters including Paul Simon, J.D. Souther, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Webb, Laura Nyro, Don Henley, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, Jonatha Brooke, and Burt Bacharach.  "Help Me... I Think I'm Falling," "The Dangling Conversation," "Faithless Love," "If I Should Fall Behind," "An American Tune," "Anyone Who Had A Heart," "Time and Love", and "Turn, Turn, Turn," are just a few of the classic songs Maureen will include in this concert evening celebrating our lives through song.

McGovern, whose career spans 40 years, includes recordings, concerts, theater, film, television, radio and songwriting, all with a voice that defies categorization.  Her PS Classics CD, A Long and Winding Road has been praised by The New York Times as "...a captivating musical scrapbook from the 1960s to the early 70s. Ms. McGovern's vocal technique is second to none."

Grammy nominated for "Best New Artist" (1973) and "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance" (1998), McGovern's recording career began with the Oscar winning International Gold Records "The Morning After" (Billboard #1) and "We May Never Love Like This Again".  Maureen is currently touring with her one-woman show, Carry It On [formerly: A Long and Winding Road] for which she won Boston's Independent Critics IRNE Award.  In 2005, McGovern returned to the Broadway stage, originating her Drama Desk nominated role of ‘Marmee' in Little Women, The Musical and reprised her role in the 32-city 1st National Tour. Maureen made her Broadway debut as ‘Mabel' in the 1981 production of The Pirates of Penzance, starred as ‘Luisa' in Nine with the late Raul Julia, and as ‘Polly Peachum' in 3 Penny Opera with Sting.  Off Broadway, Maureen originated the role of 'Mary' in Brownstone and starred as 'Mrs. Anna' in the recent Broadway revival National Tour of The King and I.  Maureen has also starred in Regional productions of The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Guys & Dolls (playing both 'Sarah' and 'Adelaide'), and I Do, I Do and the Bengal Tiger's Ball which she wrote the music, co-created, and starred. Feature films include Maureen's roles as the 'Nightclub Singer' in The Towering Inferno and 'Sr. Angelina,' the guitar strumming nun in the comedy classic Airplane! and Airplane II: The Sequel, which was a fitting and hilarious finale to her early "Disaster Theme Queen" decade.  McGovern can also be heard as the voice of 'Rachel' in the DreamWorks animated video/DVD Joseph: King of Dreams with Ben Affleck. Her television roles include One Life To Live, The Tracey Ullman Show, Pacific Blue, Duckman and Beyond Belief, and on radio, she spent three seasons as a frequent special guest on Garrison Keillor's American Radio Company of the Air.

Part of Cape May Stage's Second Stage Broadway Series, Maureen McGovern will appear Monday, July 25th at 8pm at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse at the corner of Bank and Lafayette Streets in downtown Cape May.  Tickets are $75 and include an after party at the Wine Bar at the Washington Inn, Cape May's new hip, relaxing, contemporary meeting place at the corner of Washington and Jefferson Streets.  There, you'll have a chance to mingle with Ms. McGovern, while enjoying delicious complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a well-stocked cash bar.  Call (609) 884-1341 for reservations and information or visit the theatre's website, www.capemaystage.com.

Cape May Stage's Second Stage Series is presented through the gracious support of Chris and Dave Clemans.