- CHARITY BENEFIT
My View by Stephen Sorokoff
When he turned 60, Cary Grant announced his retirement. He gave the reason in a biography years later. Cary did not want his audience to watch him grow old and chronicle the decline of his physical appearance, or acting facility.
Too bad Cary didn’t hang with Marilyn Maye. She would have explained to him that an artist can even be more effective and appealing with the passage of time.
I must disagree with the saying, “you are only as good as your last performance.” When you watch a seasoned performer, you are connected to a lifelong mastery of their technical musical abilities and performance savvy. If you’re going to be in the Feinstein audience of the currently running Marilyn Maye show, you will become an eyewitness to the constant expansion and the proficiency of an experienced artist whose voice has thrilled entertainment connoisseurs for decades.
I first met Marilyn when she was a younger woman (5 years ago). She made me blush as she took my hand and said with a wink “Oh dear, you should have known me in my younger days.” Typical Marilyn! She’s exciting to be around on or off stage. You can’t google everything to which she was referring, but I did manage to retrieve some of her 76 appearances on Johnny Carson and numerous TV shows of the 60’s & 70’s. Johnny had the platform for the best. His favorite singer was Marilyn Maye!
Her opening night at Feinstein’s is titled “THE HAPPIEST SOUND IN TOWN”. She sang her most requested songs in this new show. If you want the experience of a life time, it’s playing at Loews Regency from April 24th to May 5th. You get an extra bonus with Marilyn this time. Her long time collaborator (31 years), singer/pianist Billy Stritch, is her music director. A saying I do agree with — “It doesn’t get any better than this,” but you’ll have to go there to hear the “rest of the story.” ( Photos – Stephen Sorokoff)