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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • 'The Morning After' artist Maureen McGovern

  • LET'S GO
    WHAT: Maureen McGovern in concert
    WHERE: Wildflower Music Festival, Dorflinger Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary in White Mills
    WHEN: Saturday, August 9 at 6 p.m.
    COST: General Admission $29
    CALL: 570-253-5500
    INFO: www.wildflowermusic.org
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  • WHITE MILLS- Maureen McGovern burst onto the music scene over forty years ago with back-to-back Oscar-winning songs from two disaster movies. Now her powerful voice with a multi-octave range and high-octane power is among the best today. The talented Ms. McGovern steps onto the stage of the Wildflower Music Festival on Saturday, August 9, at 6 p.m.
     Her #1 Oscar-winning International Gold Record, “The Morning After” from The Poseidon Adventure, garnered her a Grammy Nomination in 1973 for “Best New Artist.” Maureen received her second Grammy Nomination in 1998 for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal” for her solo piano/voice album, “The Pleasure of His Company,” with Emmy-winning, Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, Mike Renzi. 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. Her many critically acclaimed recordings include tributes to George Gershwin, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Harold Arlen and Richard Rodgers.
     Her current PS Classics CD, A Long and Winding Road, has been praised by The New York Times as “A captivating musical scrapbook from the 1960s to the early 70s. Ms. McGovern’s vocal technique is second to none.”
    In 2005, Ms. McGovern was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her role as ‘Marmee’ in Little Women, The Musical on Broadway. In 1981, she made her Broadway debut as ‘Mabel’ in The Pirates of Penzance, then went on to star as ‘Luisa’ in Nine with Raul Julia and as ‘Polly Peachum’ in Three Penny Opera with Sting. Maureen reprised her role as Marmee in the First National Tour of Little Women, The Musical and starred as ‘Mrs. Anna’ in the Broadway revival National Tour of The King & I. Regionally, she has starred in Elegies, Dear World, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Lion in Winter, Letters from 'Nam and Of Thee I Sing-Let 'Em Eat Cake, among others.
     She is currently performing her IRNE Award-winning “Best Solo Performance” one-woman musical memoir “Carry It On” (co-written and created with director, Philip Himberg). Her feature films include the role of ‘Sr. Angelina,’ the guitar-strumming nun in the classic comedy Airplane and Airplane II, The Sequel. Maureen also played the nightclub singer in The Towering Inferno and the role of ‘Rachel’ in Dreamworks’ animated video/DVD Joseph: King of Dreams with Ben Affleck.
    For thirty-four years, Ms. McGovern has served the Muscular Dystrophy Association as volunteer, performer, Board Member, Vice President, Chairperson of the record breaking Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Campaign and NYC Telethon Co-Host for six years. Maureen supports music therapy and has been an Artist Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association since 2001.
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    ••• John Denver tribute Aug. 16
    The last concert of the 2014 Wildflower season is Back Home Again—A Tribute to John Denver, on Saturday, August 16. Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for students (6 to 18). There is no charge for children under 6.
     The general admission performance begins at 6 p.m. at the Wildflower Amphitheater on the grounds of the beautiful Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary in White Mills, between Hawley and Honesdale, PA. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and pack a picnic to enjoy the pristine setting. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held at the gym at the Wallenpaupack Area High School.
     All performers and programs are subject to change. Tickets can be purchased at the gate the evening of the performance and in advance at www.wildflowermusic.org or by phone, 570-253-5500. For additional information and directions, call 570-253-5500 (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., email music01@ptd.net, or visit online at www.wildflowermusic.org.

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