Marilyn Maye has joined the faculty of this year's St. Louis Cabaret Conference, and will perform for the accompanying St. Louis Cabaret Festival at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 1 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.
Maye (pictured), replaces Faith Prince, who originally was scheduled to come to St. Louis for the conference but has been cast in a Broadway revival of Annie. Jason Graae, another of the conference's faculty, will join Maye on the bill at the Sheldon.
The Maye/Graae show will be book-ended by performances by their fellow faculty members Billy Stritch, singing songs associated with Mel Torme at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 at the Bistro at Grand Center; and pianist and singer John Bucchino, at 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 2 at the Bistro.
The public portion of the conference wraps up with a "Final Showcase" featuring all of the conference's participants at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, August 4 at the Bistro.
Thursday's concert had been scheduled for the Bistro as well, but Maye's addition to the festivities prompted the move to the Sheldon, a testament to her renewed popularity in recent years following a well-received appearance at the 2006 New York Cabaret Convention.
The Kansas City native "has appeared on The Tonight Show a record 76 times, has a recording in the Smithsonian, was one of Ella Fitzgerald's favorite singers and is currently performing all over the country with multiple engagements in New York," including Feinstein's, 54 Below, Birdland and Carnegie Hall. Her last performance in St. Louis was in 2008 at the Sheldon.
Maye, the other performers mentioned above, musical director John Randall, and singer-director and conference organizer Tim Schall will lead a group of 30 singers through five days of intensive workshops and master classes, culminating in the Sunday night performance. Admittance to the workshops is by audition only; for details, email Schall at info @ stlouiscabaretconference.com.
Tickets for the public performances are $40 and $45 for Maye and Graae; $35 for the other performances; and are available now via Metrotix.
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