Beautiful and beguiling, sultry with a touch of coyish kink, young vocalist Maude Maggart, who first captivated Oak Room audiences six years ago with her “transformative interpretations” of the Great American Songbook, returns with a new show exploring varieties of romantic experience.
Proving once again that when it comes to voice, size doesn’t matter. Maggart’s vocal instrument makes up for low decibels with a unique vocal quality, filled with unexpected emotional nuances an an uncanny rapport with her audience.
Sporting a new hairdo and an eye-catching red gown, cut low in the back, the evening begins with a playful riff on Irving Berlin’s “Everybody’s Doin It.” Ms.Maggart continues with such Sinatra classics as “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “The Best is Yet To Come” and “I Wished On The Moon” (recorded by Sinatra with lyrics by Algonquin Round Table doyenne Dorothy Parker). Two by Stephen Sondheim, “More” and “Everybody Says Don’t,”come off with a contrast of humor and humility. But neither can match the poignancy of an exquisite rendition of Sondheim’s “Anyone Can Whistle” which is withheld till much later in the program.
The mood shifts to the 20s, an iconic era for Maude, “A New Kind of Man with a New Kind of Love for Me” and shuttles to the most subtle rendition of Cole Porter’s “Down In The Depths” we’ve encounted in many years.
Maude is beautifully accompanied on piano by John Boswell. The Oak Room does it again. Great value, ever improving food and service, and an array of acts that never disappoint. Maude Maggart is a delight. Don’t miss her.
Shows—from February 15th to March 12th–are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11, with dinner seating at 7 and drinks seating at 8. There is a $50 cover charge per person plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or a $60 prix fixe dinner. Reservations: 212 419 9331 or email@example.com
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A scion of a show business family, whose grandmother starred in the George White Scandals, whose parents met while appearing on Broadway in Applause and whose sister is the pop singer-songwriter Fiona Apple, Maude Maggart has emerged as one of today’s most compelling young international concert and recording artists. She recently made her screen debut in a new film about Kurt Weill by Robert Downey, Sr. She has headlined at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater Company, New York’s Downtown River to River Festival, Guild Hall in the Hamptons and with mentor Michael Feinstein in his “Standard Time” concert series at Carnegie Hall. She was invited by Garrison Keillor to appear on “A Prairie Home Companion” and later with him at Hollywood Bowl, and she appeared on the Clint Eastwood-produced national television show celebrating the 100th anniversary of the great lyricist Johnny Mercer.