McGovern, who has starred on Broadway in Pirates of Penzance, Nine and the Sting 3 Penny Opera, has titled her new concert act, "Here's to Love and Life!" In her hour-long program, she will feature tributes to her mentor Mel Tormé, singing legends Peggy Lee and Rosemary Clooney, and Broadway lyricist Adolph Green. McGovern will also interpret songs written by Harold Arlen, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, George and Ira Gershwin and Jerry Herman. With musical direction by Jeff Harris, the show will include Harris on piano and Dick Sarpola on bass. McGovern's Feinstein's program will also include the tune that launched her career in 1973, The Poseidon Adventure's "The Morning After." Though she rarely performs the song in cabaret, McGovern has decided to incorporate the song in her latest set to celebrate her 30 years in show business. In an upcoming article for Playbill® Magazine by writer-actor David Drake, McGovern speaks about the effects of the tune: "I've had fans write me, telling me how they've used the song in dealing with depression, from the loss of a loved one. I've even been told that people have played a tape of the song — on a loop! — while going through surgery. . . . I've sung it to patients in hospitals, on telethons. In that way, it's been a gift."
McGovern's run at Feinstein's ends March 15; she will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:30 PM with late shows on Friday and Saturday nights at 11 PM. Cover charges range from $45 to $60 plus a $30 food/drink minimum. Feinstein's at the Regency is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street; call (212) 339-4095 for reservations.
In related news: Fynsworth Alley will reissue McGovern's Grammy-nominated recording, "The Music Never Ends: The Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman," on Feb. 25. The reissue boasts three newly recorded bonus tracks: "Been Here Before," "I Was Born in Love With You" and "What Matters Most."