A piano, a cloth covered table, and a floral arrangement set the stage for an intimate evening of the classic American Song Book. Chanteuse Maude Maggart appeared elegantly dressed in a red evening gown, and mesmerized the audience with her enchanting soprano voice and expressive manner. Accompanied by her Musical Director John Boswell, she weaved a magical spell of song and story. The young singer started her performing career in the clubs of New York and Los Angeles. Mentored by Andrea Marcovicci and Michael Feinstein, Maude has performed at Feinstein’s in Manhattan, the Plush Room in San Francisco, the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, and the Oak Room at the Algonquin in New York City.
Appearing here after a six year hiatus, Maude selected songs from her various reviews. The theme for the night was one of dreaming and fantasy. She not only sang the well-known songs of composers like Irving Berlin, Harry Warren, and Duke Ellington but also dug deeper into their catalogues for lesser known gems. Maude spoke about Irving Berlin’s early melodies, putting them in historical perspective and sang the beautiful 1909 melody “Yiddish Nightingale” and the lively “Everybody Step” from his Music Box Review of 1921.
Her selection of songs was a very eclectic one, chosen from the thematic reviews that she has performed over the last six years. Maude’s vast repertoire of songs extended from the early days of Broadway theatre to the 1960’s. These songs were written by well- known composers and lyricists and some lesser known, like Marshall Barer, who was a personal friend of the family. She reminisced about Barer who she said was a musical genius but eccentric in his personal life. Maude grew up in New York City and came from a famous show business family. Her grandmother, at fifteen, starred in the George White Scandals of 1926. Her grandfather was the lead vocalist for the famed Harry James Big Band; her parents met while performing with Lauren Bacall in the Broadway musical Applause; and her sister is pop singer/songwriter Fiona Apple.
Her imaginative interpretations and her ability to sustain a single haunting note transported the audience to a time and place much removed from today. She sings with sensitivity, wonderful vocal phrasing, and is able to interpret music from many different genres. Some of the highlight songs of the evening were her emotionally charged rendition of “You Go to My Head” by J. Fred Coots, “There Will Never Be Another You” by Harry Warren, and the wistful love song “C’est Comme Ca” by Duke Ellington and Marshall Barer. She sang several witty songs that had the audience laughing like Tom Lehrer’s “Masochism Tango,” and an exquisitely beautiful version of “My Father” written by Judy Collins.
The Northlight Theatre provides a perfect setting for an intimate evening of songs and storytelling. If you love classic cabaret shows, you will love Maude Maggart. Hopefully, Maude will return to Chicago more frequently so we might have many more opportunities to appreciate her talent.
At Northlight Theatre- One night only performance and Spring Benefit with celebrated young chanteuse Maud Maggart on Saturday, April, 20th, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.
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Northlight Theatre aspires to promote change of perspective and encourage compassion by exploring the depth of our humanity across a bold spectrum of theatrical experiences, reflecting our community to the world and the world to our community.
Now in its 38th season, the organization has mounted nearly 200 productions, including over 40 world premieres. Northlight has earned 151 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and 28 Awards. As one of the area’s premier theatre companies, Northlight is a regional magnet for critical and professional acclaim, as well as talent of the highest quality.