McGovern Brings Her Musical Memoir
"A Long And Winding Road"
To The Huntington
The Huntington Theatre Company continues
its 28th season with the world premiere of Maureen McGovern’s
musical memoir "A Long and Winding Road." The
production is conceived and written by Philip Himberg
and Ms. McGovern and presented in cooperation with Arena Stage.
production runs from October 9 – November 15 at Stanford
Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts,
located at 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End.
Chronicling the moments that define the Baby Boomer Generation,
Ms. McGovern returns to her roots as a folk singer as she performs the
classic songs The New York Times has dubbed “the second
half of the Great American Songbook.”
Sundance Institute Producing Artistic Director
Philip Himberg directs while Jeffrey Harris provides
musical direction and accompaniment.
"A Long and Winding Road" begins in the hope-filled
'60s, works its way through the tumultuous times of Vietnam, Watergate,
Civil Rights and the beginnings of the AIDS crisis, and then moves on
to today and the hope of a better tomorrow. It includes beloved music
by Bob Dylan (“The Times, They Are a-Changin’”),
Carole King (“You’ve Got a Friend”),
The Beatles (“Let it Be”),
Joni Mitchell (“All I Want,”)
Paul Simon (“America”), Laura
Nyro (“And When I Die”), and many
Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois commented,
“When I listen to Maureen sing, I discover new layers in songs I’ve
known for decades,. In this time of uncertainty and change in our country,
her reintroduction of great American songs that inspired hope and purpose
in a generation is cathartic and inspiring.”
Maureen McGovern’s almost 40-year career includes Grammy
Award nominations for “Best New Artist” and
“Best Traditional Pop Vocal,” a Grammy Award for
“Best Musical Recording for Children” for
her participation in “Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music
of Mister Rogers,” and the Academy Award-winning Gold Records
“The Morning After” (Billboard #1)
and “We May Never Love Like This Again.”
Her PS Classics release “A Long and Winding
Road“ was praised by The New York Times as “a
captivating musical scrapbook from the 1960s to the early ‘70s.
Ms. McGovern is blessed with a vocal technique second to none.”
Other critically acclaimed recordings include her tributes to Gershwin,
Arlen, Rodgers, and Marilyn and Alan Bergman.
On Broadway, Ms. McGovern appeared in “Little Women, The
Musical,“ creating the role of Marmee, for which she was
nominated for a 2005 Drama Desk Award, "The
Pirates of Penzance," "Nine," "Three Penny Opera",
and the recent national tours of "Little Women" and
"The King and I." Off Broadway, she appeared in "Brownstone,"
originating the role of Mary. Regionally, she has performed in
"Elegies," "Dear World," "Letters
From 'Nam" (originating the role of Eleanor Bridges, at
the North Shore Music Theatre), "The Lion
in Winter," "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," "Of Thee
I Sing," "Let ’Em Eat Cake," "The Sound of Music,"
"South Pacific," "Guys & Dolls," "I Do, I
Do," and "The Bengal Tiger’s Ball"
(for which she composed the music, co-created, and starred).
She also appeared in "The Towering Inferno,"
as the guitar-strumming nun in the film "Airplane!,"
and lent her voice to DreamWorks’ animated feature "Joseph:
King of Dreams."
Ms. McGovern commented, “Peter [DuBois]'s invaluable guidance helped
greatly in the development of 'A Long and Winding Road.' I am so grateful
to him and to the Huntington Theatre Company for providing a nurturing
workshop environment with invited audiences last spring. I'm looking forward
to returning to the Huntington with (this) piece.”
Sunday, October 25, following the 2 p.m.
Humanities Forum with Steve Morse
Humanities Forums are post-show conversations with a leading local scholar
that explore the historical and/or literary context of the play. Literary
Associate Charles Haugland leads a discussion with former
Boston Globe rock critic Steve Morse about the music featured
in "A Long and Winding Road." Free with a ticket to any performance.
New this season, the Huntington offers post-show audience discussions
with members of the Artistic Department after all Tuesday - Friday, Saturday
matinee, and Sunday matinee performances. Free with a ticket to the performance.
For information and tickets, call 617 266-0800
or visit www.huntingtontheatre.org.