Marilyn Maye, the 87 year-old performer whom the late Johnny Carson christened “the Super Singer” will perform on Monday, August 17, and Tuesday, August 18, at 7PM at the Sheridan Opera House.  Marilyn Maye holds the record for having appeared on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show more than any other guest – 76 times.   

Ticket prices are only $25 for adults and $15 for youth under 18 and are on sale now at www.sheridanoperahouse.com   Group prices are $5 discount per ticket for groups of ten or more if purchased in advance by August 10th! (Contact michaelsongbook@gmail.com)

 

Another legendary singer, Ella Fitzgerald, called Marilyn Maye “The greatest white female singer in the world.”  Many people still think she is.  In fact, most music critics consider her to be one of our “national treasures.” (See below)  Ms. Maye is still performing to sold-out audiences around the world.  Two weeks ago she sang with the Pasadena Symphony for 3,000 people with Michael Feinstein conducting.  For her recording of “Too Late Now” by Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner, she has been included in the Smithsonian’s “Best Performers of the Best Compositions of the 20th Century” permanent collection. She shares this distinction with very few singers such as Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland.

 

In addition towww.tellurideamericansongbookfestival.org these sure-to-be-sold-out performances, a Master Singing Class with Ms. Maye will be held on Wednesday, August 19th from 10AM – 3PM at the Arroyo.  The class is limited to only ten adults and costs $150.  Others may audit for only $50.  In order to register and for further details, visit or email michaelsongbook@gmail.com by August 10th.    

Accompanying Ms. Maye will be Mr. Tedd Firth who has worked with Liza Minnelli, Barbara Cook, Michael Feinstein, John Pizzarelli, Carol Sloane, Maureen McGovern, and Brian Stokes Mitchell among many other.

Here are what just a few well-known critics have said about her recently:

It’s no small feat when a performer, without even trying, makes time stand still. But that’s what the 87-year-old vocal powerhouse Marilyn Maye did on Tuesday evening at 54 Below (NYC).    Stephen Holden, New York Times, 2015

Marilyn Maye has everything.  She can belt, and she can sing ballads with the kind of warmth that makes your heart smile.  She can still reach notes most singers one third her age can’t even hit in their dreams.  Marilyn Maye is a happening kind of broad, in the best sense of the word. She’s funny and imaginative, has the kind of warm rapport with an audience Judy Garland used to have.  She’s the real deal…the surviving artist of the American popular singer.  Rex Reed, New York Observer, 2015

Last Friday, I witnessed one of the greatest nightclub performances I’ve ever seen when singer Marilyn Maye took the stage at Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles.

Leonard Maltin, Entertainment critic and historian, 2015

TASF Founder Michael Estwanik has seen his friend (and teacher) Marilyn Maye perform dozens of times and shares “I hope with all my heart that the residents of Telluride truly understand what a very special performer is coming to our little town.  As Stephen Sondheim wrote for his Broadway and film musical Into the Woods – ‘Opportunity is not a lengthy visitor.’  She is 87 years old after all.”