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Marilyn Maye at World Performing Arts Center

Jan McArt hosts the legendary Marilyn Maye, who will close out this season’s Live at Lynn Cabaret series on Sunday, June 7th, at 4:00 PM in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center of Lynn University.  For the past 70 years Maye has been thrilling nightclub audiences and critics throughout the United States, and in London (as recently as October of 2014.)  Last month she filmed her one-hour PBS Special, American Songbook, for later airing.  And in the last nine years her 93 performances in New York include her most recent run in September at Birdland, followed by the standing-room-only engagement of her Tribute to Johnny Carson (she holds the singers’ record on The Tonight Show with 76 performances) at 54 Below.

Her recording of “Too Late Now” was chosen by the Smithsonian Institution for inclusion in the Best Performers of the Best Compositions of the 20th Century, alongside other greats like Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland.  And in 2014 she received the first Legends Award for the Preservation of the American Songbook and The Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  Ella Fitzgerald called her “the greatest white female singer in the world”. The New York Times says her voice is “robust and steady, her stamina seemingly inexhaustible,” while The Houston Chronicle calls her “a national treasure”.

Maye also conducts master classes in ‘The Art of Performance’ throughout the country, and coaches privately, sharing the techniques and experiences of her lifelong career.  She and her accompanist Tedd Firth have graciously agreed to host this prestigious master class at Lynn’s Wold Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 6th.  Only 20 students can be accommodated, who must either already be professionals in the field, or singers already performing on stage.  The master class is $100 per student, and offers participants the chance to perform for Maye and be critiqued and enhanced by this living legend.  Anyone interested should call Desiree McKim at 561-237-7750, or email her at

The Live at Lynn Cabaret series has featured a guest artist every month this past winter/spring through June of 2015, including KT SullivanSally Mayes, Eric Yves Garcia and Carol Woods from The Mabel Mercer Foundation’s cabaret presentations that are a part of ‘Jazz at Lincoln Center.’  Producer McArt serves as Director of Theatre Arts Program Development at Lynn, and these series presentations are sponsored by Nancy and Ellis J. Parker, and by the Palm Beach Theater Guild (Samuel Taylor, chairman and president). 

Tickets for the Live at Lynn Cabaret series may be purchased by phone at 561-237-9000; online at; or at the Box Office at Lynn University, on the west side of Military Trail in Boca Raton, FL. Tickets are $40.  Lynn University is an independent, innovative college based in Boca Raton, Florida. With more than 2,500 students from 90 countries and nearly all 50 states, the school is consistently ranked among the top five most international schools by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges. Lynn’s NCAA Division II Fighting Knights have won 22 national titles, its Conservatory of Music features a world-renowned faculty of performers, and its nationally recognized Institute for Achievement and Learning empowers students with learning differences to become independent learners. The school’s Dialogues of Learning curriculum, award-winning iPad program and international student base help Lynn graduates gain the intellectual flexibility and global experience to fulfill their potential in an ever-changing world. For more information, visit: