McGovern Explores Pop in the Age of Change in Long and Winding Road, Opening in DC Area
By Kenneth Jones
The singer-actress who made "The Morning After" a hit is singing songs that defined the era in which she dawned. Broadway and pop songbird Maureen McGovern opens the world premiere of her theatrical concert, A Long and Winding Road, March 31 as part of the Arena Presents series of Washington, DC's Arena Stage.
The "entertaining and introspective theatrical concert based on her recent album of the same name" is co-conceived and written by McGovern and director Philip Himberg, with musical direction by Jeffrey D. Harris and production design by Clifton Taylor. The show has its roots in earlier cabaret performances under the same title; this is now an expanded theatrical evening.
A Long and Winding Road, produced in cooperation with Boston's Huntington Theatre Company, which will present the production in the fall, "is a tribute to the early works of Jimmy Webb, Carole King, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Paul McCartney and other ground-breaking singer/songwriters from the 1960s and '70s."
Earlier this month, McGovern, Himberg, and her creative team spent two weeks at the Huntington, culminating with several invited performances, to nurture and prepare the piece for its run at Arena Stage. Dates for the Boston run will be announced shortly.
McGovern, who starred in Broadway's Little Women (and its tour), stated, "At this time in my life, looking back, what interested me most were those introspective singer/songwriters who influenced my musical coming of age on the way to 'The Morning After.' I started out as a folk singer in the late '60s, so it was an emotional journey for me to go back and explore this particular section of my musical influences. The concert takes us on a vivid journey back to a time when everything was possible and people set out to change the world."
Arena artistic director Molly Smith stated, "Maureen McGovern has the kind of voice you never forget. In this intimate show, she shares her personal perspective on her years growing up and into her talent. These songs and stories take us back to a time many will remember dearly, and it's a true pleasure to share an evening with her."
McGovern's 37-year career includes Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Traditional Pop Vocal, Grammy Award for Best Musical Recording for Children, Oscar-winning gold records "The Morning After" and "We May Never Love Like This Again." In addition to the current PS Classics release "A Long and Winding Road," other critically acclaimed musical tributes include her Gershwin, Arlen, Rodgers, Marilyn and Alan Bergman CDs. Her Broadway credits also include The Pirates of Penzance, Nine, 3 Penny Opera and the recent first national tours of Little Women, The Musical and The King and I.
For more information visit www.maureenmcgovern.com.
Tickets start at $25, plus applicable fees. Tickets may be purchased online at www.arenastage.org or by phone at (202) 488-3300.
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