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Christmas with Maureen McGovern

By Mary Adair Trumbly

The sweetly sensual voice of Maureen McGovern makes for a spectacular introduction to the holiday season, November 29 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.

Start your holidays off with a special concert by legendary vocalist Maureen McGovern, at 8:00 P.M. the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 29, at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.

Multi-Grammy nominee, and 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.

Her 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” earned her second Grammy nomination for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal.”

Other hits include ”Can You Read My Mind” from ”Superman: The Motion Picture,” 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 “Sister Angelina” in the iconic comedy films ”Airplane!” and ”Airplane II: The Sequel,” and “Rachel” in ”Joseph: King of Dreams” with Ben Affleck.

McGovern made her Broadway debut in 1981 as “Mabel” in ”The Pirates of Penzance,” and went on to star as “Luisa” in ”Nine” and “Polly Peachum” in “Threepenny Opera” 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 starred as “Anna” in the Broadway Revival Tour of ”The King and I.” In addition, McGovern 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.”

Tickets for all events are available at highlandspac.org or at the door. Highlands Performing Arts Center is located at 507 Chestnut Street.

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