October 7, 2009

Maureen McGovern; A Long and Winding Road - Video & Bios

Maureen McGovern’s* (Performer, Co-writer) nearly 40-year career includes Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Traditional Pop Vocal, a Grammy Award for Best Musical Recording for Children (for her participation in Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mr. Rodgers), and the Academy Award winning gold records “The Morning After” (Billboard No. 1) and “We May Never Love Like This Again.” Her current PS Classics release, A Long and Winding Road, was praised by The New York Times as “a captivating musical scrapbook from the 1960s to the early ’70s, Ms. McGovern is blessed with a vocal technique second to none.” Other critically acclaimed musical tributes include her Gershwin, Arlen, Rodgers, and Marilyn and Alan Berman CDs, and more. On Broadway, she appeared in Little Women: The Musical, creating the role of Marmee, for which she was nominated for a 2005 Drama Desk Award; The Pirates of Penzance; Nine; 3 Penny Opera; and the recent first national tours of Little Women: The Musical and The King and I. Off-Broadway, she appeared in Brownstone, originating the role of Mary. Regionally, she has performed in Maureen McGovern: A Long and Winding Road (Arena Stage, in cooperation with the Huntington), Elegies, Dear World, Letters From ’Nam (originating the role of Eleanor Bridges at the North Shore Music Theatre), The Lion in Winter, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Of Thee I Sing, Let ’Em Eat Cake, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, I Do! I Do!, and The Bengal Tiger’s Ball (for which she composed, co-created, and starred). On screen, she appeared in The Towering Inferno, as the guitar-strumming nun in the film Airplane!, and as the voice of Rachel in the DreamWorks animated feature Joseph: King of Dreams. She is the founder of the McGovern “Works of Heart Foundation". Visit maureenmcgovern.com.

Philip Himberg (Co-writer, Director) is the producing artistic director of Sundance Institute Theatre Program where he has created and overseen the developmental theatre laboratories since 1997. Under Mr. Himberg’s aegis, this nationally recognized program has successfully developed over 150 new works for the stage, including the Tony Award-winning The Light in the Piazza, Grey Gardens, 33 Variations, Passing Strange, Spring Awakening, and I Am My Own Wife, among many others. Mr. Himberg’s directing credits includethe world premiere concert of William Finn’s Songs of Innocence and Experience at Williams College and Merkin Hall in New York. He directed the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s Some Men at Philadelphia Theatre Company, and most recently, Reprise/LA’s revival of Flora, The Red Menace starring Eden Espinosa. For Sundance Summer Theatre, he directed Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl, and Dear World. He is also an author; his essay “Family Albums” appears in the Dutton anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys. He is a trustee of Theatre Communications Group.

Jeffrey Harris (Music Director) is equally at home as a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, and lyricist. He has worked with such diverse performers as Maureen McGovern, Chaka Khan, Barbara Cook, Jack Jones, Audra McDonald, and Cleo Laine. His longest association has been with Ms. McGovern, playing and arranging six of her CDs, writing many songs for her (she has recorded 16), and appearing with her frequently on TV and in concert. Mr. Harris has worked extensively on Broadway as both pianist and conductor, most recently as associate musical director for Gypsy (starring Patti LuPone, directed by Arthur Laurents). Other Broadway credits include On the Town (directed by George C. Wolfe), Chicago, Fosse, Beauty and the Beast, and Crazy for You. He is a frequent guest pianist and conductor with many leading orchestras (including the Boston, St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit, and National symphony orchestras) and a regular member of the New York Pops. As a composer for the theatre, he most recently penned Pinocchio (book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo), produced at South Coast Repertory and Omaha Theater Company.

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Maureen McGovern in A Long and Winding Road at the Huntington Theatre Company's second stage - The Virginia Wimberly Theatre at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. 527 Tremont St, Boston MA 02116.  Buy tickets online or call our box office at 617 266-0800. Box Office locations and hours click here.

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