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LIVE at the Orinda

Thursday, November 8 -  7:30 pm



Multi-Grammy nominee, Broadway and Recording artist, Maureen McGovern continues to thrill audiences with a voice that defies categorization. Known as “The Stradivarius Voice,” McGovern’s career includes more than 45 years of recordings, concerts, theater, film, television, radio and songwriting.


Maureen’s #1 Oscar-winning International Gold Record, “The Morning After” from THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, garnered her first Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, and her solo album, The Pleasure of His Company, with Emmy/Grammy-winning, jazz pianist, Mike Renzi, earned her second Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal. 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.


Maureen made her Broadway debut in 1981 as “Mabel” in THE PIRATES OF PENZANZE, and went on to star as “Luisa” in Nine and “Polly Peachum” in 3 PENNY OPERA, co-starring with Sting. In 2005 she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her role as “Marmee” in LITTLE WOMEN, THE MUSICAL on Broadway. She reprised her role as “Marmee” in the 1st National Tour of LITTLE WOMEN and starred as “Anna” in the Broadway Revival Tour of THE KING AND I. In addition, Maureen has performed in numerous regional theater productions including THE LION IN WINTER, DEAR WORLD, OF THEE I SING, GUYS AND DOLLS and her one-woman musical memoir, CARRY IT ON, among others.

Her recent PS Classics CD, A Long And Winding Road, has been praised by The New York Times as “…a captivating musical scrapbook from the 1960’s to the early 70’s. Ms. McGovern’s vocal technique is second to none.”


Maureen’s current release, YOU RAISE ME UP – A Spiritual Journey, is an intimate yet powerful recording. McGovern says, “We are all a part of something much greater than ourselves and connected to each other soul to soul. Listen with your heart.”

For 35 years, Maureen has served the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a volunteer, performer, Board Member, Vice President, and Chairperson of the record-breaking Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Campaign and NYC Telethon Co-Host for 6 years. She supports Music Therapy and 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.

“What raises McGovern above most other artists in her stylistic arena is her unique combination of a natural vocal ability, knowledgeable musicality and an amiable manner…a world class vocal artist.”– Los Angeles Times






LIVE at Orinda

Sunday - December 16, 7PM



Join us as we celebrate the holidays with award winning Broadway and Cabaret star Karen Mason!


Karen Mason has starred on Broadway, Off Broadway, television and recordings and "has few peers when it comes to ripping the roof off with her amazing voice that knows no bounds!" -( Karen is a 12-time MAC Award winner (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) and has won the MAC Award for Major Female Vocalist of the Year for six consecutive years. She has also won the 2006 Nightlife Award for Major Female Vocalist and has three Bistro Awards.


Karen Mason is currently starring as Madame Giry in the National Touring Company of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom Of The Opera sequel, LOVE NEVER DIES. Winding up the year long tour in early December, Ms Mason will then come to Orinda for a show that'll feature favorites from her critically-acclaimed holiday show, Christmas! Christmas! Christmas! along with the West Coast concert debut of her latest album, It's About Time.


On Broadway, Karen originated the role of Tonya in MAMA MIA! for which she was awarded a 2002 Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress. Her other leading roles include Norma Desmond in SUNSET BOULEVARD, which she performed to critical acclaim and standing ovations in Los Angels and Broadway for three years,The Queen Of Hearts in WONDERLAND, Velma von Tussle in the final Broadway company of HAIRSPRAY; "Monotony" singer Mazeppa in JEROME ROBBIN'S BROADWAY; Rosalie in CARNIVAL (another Drama Desk nomination); and TORCH SONG TRILOGY.


Karen won the Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND and starred Off Broadway in her own KAREN MASON SINGS BROADWAY, BEATLES AND BRIAN.


Ms. Mason starred in the world premier of the stage production of WHITE CHRISTMAS (playing the Rosemary Clooney role at the St. Louis Muny Opera), the first National Tour of A CHRISTMAS STORY, and acclaimed productions of GYPSY, SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, COMPANY and more. 


Also known as one of the premier cabaret artists of our time, Karen Mason has headlined concert halls around the world from Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center, to the UK, Sweden, Brazil, and Japan and has performed with Chita Rivera, Luciano Pavarotti, Liza Minnelli, Rosemary Clooney, Jerry Herman and others. In November 2018, Karen will be honored in Chicago when she returns for a 5 night run of her cabaret show, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Davenport's, which she opened.


Karen's television appearances include ED and LAW & ORDER:SUV and films include SLEEPING DOGS LIE and A CHORUS LINE. 


Karen's acclaimed recordings include her recent single "It's About Time", written by Paul Rolnick and Shelly Markham; her 2009 MAC-Award winning Right Here/Right Now, The Sweetest Nights, When The Sun Comes Out (another MAC Award); Better Days, featuring songs from her longtime composer/collaborator Brian Lasser (including the 1998 Emmy Award winning song "Hold Me"); Not So Simply Broadway and Karen's latest album, It's About Time.


"An American Idol! A rarity - intense and intimate." - NY Times


"No one in cabaret walks the line between humor and sorrow, joy and despair, as nimbly as Karen Mason. She can switch emotional tone from one to the next in a flash, before the listener realizes what happened." - Chicago Tribune


"Christmas never sounded wiser. Or wittier. Or more whimsical. You'd expect that from Karen Mason, a savvy cabaret artist who brings more brainy introspection and worldly wise perspectives to American song than most of her peers." - Chicago Tribune