Broadway's Leading Ladies in Concert
Four dynamic ladies of Broadway come together to create an unforgettable evening of music, laughter and memories of the Great White Way.
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 8pm
Tickets: $60, $75, $85 $110
Irvine Barclay Theatre - 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA
www.thebarclay.org | 949.854.4646
Maureen McGovern - multiple Grammy nominations; Drama Desk nomination for Little Women on Broadway; and #1 Gold record for "The Morning After"
Donna McKechnie - Tony winner for A Chorus Line; leading Broadway roles in Company and State Fair
Faith Prince - Tony winner for Guys & Dolls; leading role in Bells Are Ringing on Broadway and TV's Drop Dead Diva
Lillias White - Tony winner for The Life; leading Broadway roles in Fela!, Dreamgirls
These four dynamic ladies have been seen in some of Broadway’s favorite musicals, as well as numerous film and television appearances. Each one is a headliner in her own right, but together they combine to create an unforgettable evening of music, laughter, and memories of the Great White Way. The evening is under the musical direction of New York’s premier singer/pianist, Billy Stritch, also known for his work with Liza Minelli and Tony Bennett.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
MAUREEN MCGOVERN. Elegantly sophisticated one moment, powerfully gutsy the next and always translucently pitch perfect, Maureen McGovern is a superstar with a lifetime of music that spans Broadway, Grammy nominations and an Oscar-winning international No.1 gold record. Her concerts offer fresh insight into trademark tunes showcasing her skillful play on rhythm, meter and beautifully extended phrasing. A storyteller at heart, she offers introspections and humor about love, life, and her own experiences through a very long and winding career.
Maureen's voice speaks for itself as she takes audiences on a nostalgic musical journey. With her own recipe of panache and artistry, she captivates audiences across the country with her wide vocal range and intimate reinvention of classics from the Great American and American Pop songbooks, film, theater, jazz and inspirational music.
A multi-Grammy nominee, recording artist, Broadway performer and superb songstress, Maureen first came to fame with her Oscar-winning hit song, “The Morning After,” from The Poseidon Adventure that garnered her first Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Her solo album, The Pleasure of His Company, with Emmy/Grammy-winning jazz pianist Mike Renzi, earned her a second Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. She was also a featured guest artist on the Grammy Award-winning Songs From the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers.
Other hits include “Can You Read My Mind” from Superman, the Oscar-winning “We May Never Love Like This Again” from The Towering Inferno and “Different Worlds” from the TV series Angie. In addition to hearing her music in films and television, McGovern played the role of Sr. Angelina in the iconic comedy films Airplane! and Airplane II: The Sequel and Rachel in Joseph: King of Dreams with Ben Affleck. Her Broadway credits include The Pirates of Penzance, Threepenny Opera with Sting, and Little Women, among others.
Her P.S. Classics CD, A Long and Winding Road, has been praised by The New York Times. Her current release, You Raise Me Up: A Spiritual Journey, is an intimate yet powerful recording.
For over 35 years, Maureen has served the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a board member, vice president, and chairperson of the record-breaking Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Campaign. An equally passionate supporter of music therapy, Maureen has been an artist spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association since 2001. She is currently a board member of Medicine and the Arts/Humanism in Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.
DONNA MCKECHNIE, who received a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the original production of A Chorus Line, is regarded internationally as one of Broadway's foremost singing and dancing leading ladies. She recently returned from starring in a highly acclaimed production of The Pajama Game at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
Ms. McKechnie was seen in the Broadway-bound new musical, Half Time, which was presented at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, this past spring. Other Broadway shows include: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; The Education of Hyman Kaplan; Sondheim: A Musical Tribute (also choreographed); Promises-Promises; Company; On the Town; State Fair (Fred Astaire Award); The Visit and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (national tour).
Donna was invited by Bob Fosse to play the lead in his last production, a national tour of Sweet Charity (Helen Hayes Award nomination). Other regional productions include: Follies; Mack and Mabel; Gypsy; The Glass Menagerie; Annie Get Your Gun; I Do - I Do; Cabaret; The Threepenny Opera; Chris Gattelli's In Your Arms; Warren Carlyle's Carefree; and John Doyle's Ten Cents a Dance. Donna was also featured in New York productions of Annie Warbucks; and Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
Donna has starred in numerous productions in London's West End, including Promises-Promises; Company; No Way to Treat a Lady (which she also choreographed); Cole Porter's Can-Can; Stephen Sondheim's Follies; and Michael John LaChuisa's The Wild Party. A few seasons ago, she choreographed Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, starring Leslie Caron; and Guys and Dolls at the Hollywood Bowl.
Donna has appeared at 54 Below with her cabaret show, Same Place: Another Time and at London’s The Crazy Coqs. A live recording of the show was produced by Jay Records.
Donna has performed extensively on the concert stage and with symphony orchestras throughout the country. She has appeared as guest star in numerous television specials and dramatic series, including HBO’s Showstoppers; Fame; Cheers; Family Ties; Hullabaloo; Twirl; and Dark Shadows. Ms. McKechnie’s memoir, TIME STEPS: My Musical Comedy Life, was published by Simon and Schuster. Donna was featured in the documentary film Every Little Step and played the Rose in the film The Little Prince.
FAITH PRINCE has been dazzling Broadway audiences since winning the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as Ms. Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. As one of Broadway’s best loved leading ladies, Faith most recently starred on Broadway in Disaster! the musical for which she received rave reviews. In 2014, she starred as the scheming, irascible Miss Hannigan in the revival of Annie on Broadway, and in 2008, she was nominated for a Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for A Catered Affair. Other Broadway credits include The Little Mermaid; Bells Are Ringing (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations); Nick & Nora (Outer Critics Circle Award); Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (Tony, Drama Desk nominations); Little Me; The Dead; and Noises Off. She also starred in the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s Unusual Acts of Devotion and in the national tour of the Broadway hit Billy Elliott. Chicago audiences had the opportunity to see Faith on stage in the iconic role of Brenda in the musical version of the hit movie First Wives Club.
Faith recurred as Joey Lawrence’s mother on ABC Family’s long-running series Melissa & Joey and wrapped her 5-season run as Brooke Elliott’s mother on Lifetime’s hit series Drop Dead Diva. She was a series regular on Showtime's Huff starring as Kelly Knippers, the love interest of Oliver Platt, and recurred for five seasons on Spin City. Other television credits include Scream Queens; Galavant; Angel from Hell; A Gifted Man; Happy Endings; Ugly Betty; Grey’s Anatomy; CSI; Faith; House; Medium; Sweet Potato Queens; Monk; Now and Again; Welcome To New York and Law and Order. Film credits include Our Very Own; Picture Perfect; Dave; and My Father the Hero.
Faith travelled to Australia for a concert tour with her Annie co-star Anthony Warlow, which included performances at the Sydney Opera House and the Adelaide Music Festival. She works often with the Boston Pops, Utah Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, and Philly Pops, and starred in the Orlando Philharmonic’s concert version of Sweeney Todd. Faith toured her original show, Moving On, in Australia to rave reviews, and has also toured in Over the Rainbow, a concert celebrating the centennial of Harold Arlen. Faith’s new album, Total Faith, was recorded at the Royal Room in the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach and was released by Broadway Records. Her award-winning album, A Leap of Faith, was recorded at Joe's Pub.
LILLIAS WHITE, a native New Yorker, made her Broadway debut in Barnum. She has also appeared on Broadway in Cats; Carrie; Dreamgirls; Once on This Island; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Chicago; and Fela! (Tony Award nomination). In Cy Coleman's and Ira Gasman's The Life, she won the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of a world- weary, no nonsense hooker named Sonya. Lillias was recently seen in the world premiere of Half Time at the Paper Mill Playhouse and has performed at the Public Theater in the production of William Finn's Romance in Hard Times (Obie Award), Dinah Was at the Gramercy Theatre, the world premiere of Crowns at the Second Stage (Audelco Award), and Texas In Paris at The York Theatre Company.
Lillias White’s concert appearances include the critically acclaimed cabaret show at Feinstein’s 54 Below, entitled The Lillias White Effect (Bistro Award) and for the Actors Fund in Funny Girl, Hair and the 25th Anniversary concert of Dreamgirls. She was Bloody Mary in the PBS Great Performances broadcast of South Pacific. Lillias has toured internationally with her one-woman show, From Brooklyn To Broadway, and she's graced the stages at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House, the Singapore Opera House and the Palm Beach Pops.
Lillias’ television appearances include a regular role on Sesame Street for which she won an Emmy Award, a current role on Netflix in The Get Down; Gotham; Person of Interest; Law and Order SVU; Law and Order; and NYPD Blue. Her film credits include the lead muse in Disney's Hercules; Anastasia; How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey; Game Six with Michael Keaton; Pieces of April with Katie Holmes; Nasty Baby with Kristen Wiig; and Then She Found Me. Lillias holds an honorary Ph.D. in Fine Arts from The City University of New York.
BILLY STRITCH (Music Director) is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scene. He began his career in Houston, Texas, where he formed the vocal trio Montgomery, Plant and Stritch. The trio performed all over New York and Europe from 1983 until they disbanded in 1990. A chance meeting with Liza Minnelli in March of 1991 resulted in her asking him to create a vocal arrangement for the record-breaking extravaganza, Liza Stepping Out, at radio City Music Hall. In addition to his 25-year collaboration with Liza, Billy recently toured with the legendary Tony Bennett as Tony’s pianist and musical director. A solo entertainer in his own right, he has performed his own shows (including tributes to Mel Tormé and Cy Coleman) in concert halls and nightclubs across the country. Billy also serves as music director for such leading vocalists as Linda Lavin, Christine Ebersole, Paulo Szot and Marilyn Maye. He is also the co-writer of the Grammy-winning song “Does He Love You,” recorded by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis. When he is not on the road, he is the pianist for Jim Caruso’s Cast Party open mic night every Monday at New York’s legendary Birdland jazz club; and he and Jim hold court Sunday nights at Bemelmans Bar in Manhattan’s fabled Carlyle Hotel.
About Irvine Barclay Theatre
Since opening its doors in 1990, Irvine Barclay Theatre has emerged as one of California's most imaginative performing arts showcases. A unique collaborative venture among the City of Irvine, the University of California, Irvine, and the private sector, the theatre has a reputation for wide-ranging programming in the fields of contemporary dance, music, and theater arts. Performances take place in the 750-seat "jewel box" theatre which is renowned for its intimate atmosphere and superb acoustics. Visit www.thebarclay.org to learn about our exciting new season!