It's Maye In May!
Marilyn Maye's not-to-be-missed new show at Feinstein's at Loews Regency shows off her vibrancy, youthfulness, and emotional range.
Maye performs either full or abbreviated versions of no less than some 30 numbers, which begins appropriately enough with "Young at Heart," and continues with songs by the likes of James Taylor and Randy Newman, and even the witty "Butta Outta Cream" (from the Broadway musical Catch Me if You Can).
Much of the evening consists of wittily constructed, extended medleys delivered in breakneck, swinging style. Just listening to her rollicking version of "Get Me to the Church on Time" will leave you winded, and a jaunty medley of Fats Waller songs would have made the man himself smile.
The cleverness of the set list is indicated by a grouping of rainbow songs that ends with "The Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie. That song's opening line, "Why are there so many songs about rainbows," garners an appreciative laugh.
Her quick wit, however, compensates for the occasional misstep. Stumbling on the lyrics of "It Might as Well Be Spring," she instantly recovered by singing this impromptu suggestion from an audience member: "I'm as jumpy as a gentile in the Catskills..."