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A glorious glamorous Marilyn Maye – Revisits Johnny Mercer at the Metropolitan Room

October 15th, 2009 by Oscar E Moore

I’m in a spin and loving that spin I’m in and it’s all because of Marilyn Maye who has recently reappeared at the Metropolitan Room with her new show – “Reprise:  Mercer, The Maye Way” – an extension of her previous tribute to Johnny Mercer, his words and his music. 

After all, he wrote over 1500 songs with inspired lyrics, clever inner rhymes, great stories done in an easy style and Marilyn Maye is the consummate artist to sing them all.  And according to her, she would.  She almost did.  I could listen to her for hours on end.  What a total pleasure she is.

There are only two performances left October 16th and 17th at 9:45 at the Metropolitan Room 34 West 22nd Street  212 206 0440 – www.metropolitanroom.com .  Please reserve as soon as possible to see this incredibly gifted performer.  In fact, stop reading – reserve but please return to finish reading my glowing review. 

Singing to a packed house of fans who obviously adore Marilyn Maye (with every good reason) and a friend I brought along who had never heard her sing before – she sang over thirty five songs – some combined in medleys by subjects (AT THE BAR, LOVE STORIES, REVENGE and LIGHTHEARTEDNESS among others) with wonderful arrangements, accompanied by her extraordinary pianist/conductor Tedd Firth with Tom Hubbard on bass and Jim Eklof on drums.  Marilyn Maye is always center stage but she is extremely generous in making sure that her trio shares her spotlight. 

She likes flowers and candy.  As an afterthought she included jewelry.  If you are so inclined to bestow a gift on her after her subtle, glorious, glamorous, sublime, adorable and heavenly renditions of Johnny Mercer’s songbook selections please do so or purchase one of her many CD’s available post show or on her website (www.MarilynMaye.com.)  

Showing both strength and tenderness, Marilyn Maye can flirt, be quite amusing in a droll way and has a way of caressing and acting the lyric that makes the audience swoon and cheer her great technique.  Plus she looks terrific – chic and magnifique!

Marilyn Maye hosts a great party every time she sings with her passionate, burning desire to please.  I wanna be around every time she performs.

So, dearly beloved, come rain or come shine, when autumn leaves turn to gold or when October goes, even if you have to take the Atchison, Topeka or the Santa Fe to get there see Marilyn Maye who is just too marvelous for words and clearly out of this world.  Forget your blues in the night, remember when the world was young and have one more for the road at the Metropolitan room.  You’ll have a great time.  My friend did.  He was overwhelmed by her talent.  You will be too.

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