Marilyn Maye returns to Des Moines for homecoming shows at Temple Theater
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Marilyn Maye will return to her hometown this month for two performances at the Temple Theater.
Maye, an East High School alumna, is an accomplished American jazz and cabaret singer and Broadway musical theater actress. Her discography boasts seven albums and 34 singles.
Among her most well-known recordings is “Too Late Now,” which was included on the Arts Council of the Smithsonian's album of the 110 Best American Compositions of the Twentieth Century.
“I’m thrilled to be coming home,” said Maye, who during her career appeared 76 times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. “It has a long time since I’ve done a Des Moines show.”
Maye will perform Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m. Both shows will be at the downtown Temple Theater, 1011 Locust St.
The return to Des Moines is also bittersweet for the performer because of her close friendship with former Iowa Gov. Robert Ray, who died last summer. Maye was known to invite the politician on stage to introduce her during performances. She also sang Ray’s campaign songs for the totality of his time in office.
Maye said that she will continue to remember Ray fondly during her visit to the capital city.
“He’s a lovely gentleman and I certainly miss him," she said.
Tickets to Maye’s performances can be purchased at the Des Moines Performing Arts website, the Civic Center Ticket Office or by phone at 515-246-2300.
Maye is also scheduled to perform in Okoboji on June 25 and 26 at the Pearson Lakes Art Center.