Press and Reviews


New York, NY - May 8, 2014

The Wall Street Journal

Revisiting Carson: Marilyn Maye's Tribute to Johnny Carson and More in This Week's Jazz Scene

By Will Friedwald


Who else but Marilyn Maye could present such a perfect and personal tribute to Johnny Carson, her longtime friend and benefactor? Departing from 54 Below's usual Broadway-centric orientation, Ms. Maye (whom Carson introduced as "The Super Singer") is a 1960s variety show all by herself: She's not only a singing star and an ace comedian, but she has also the flash and dazzle of the most skillful juggler or tap dancer and her vocal acrobatics (which would be astounding even if she weren't 86) give you the same thrill as a great trapeze artist. Her miraculous timing is put to the test in this multimedia presentation, in which she interacts with vintage 1970s "Tonight Show" clips of herself—most movingly as part of a sequence of torch songs that builds to a medley of "Those Were the Days" and, believe it or not, "I Will Survive."