She is in her 37th year onstage as a folk singer, a cabaret star and musical theatre actress, and now Maureen McGovern is bringing her solo show A Long And Winding Road to Arena Stage in Crystal City, after workshops in Florida and Boston. Maureen sat down with Joel Markowitz to talk about the songs she chose for the show.
“It’s reminiscences from my life, but in tandem, it’s universal reminisces from all the Baby Boomers out there – those of us born between 1946 and 1964 – and everyone else can take the ride with us. It’s a very powerful, funny, moving and ultimately life affirming piece..This is a coming home for me.. a full circle for me to go back and relive all those great songs that influenced me.”
As we listen to her sing, she tells us how songs like “The Times They Are A-Changin”, once a call to action for the 60’s generation, and “Fire and Rain”, which many related to the Viet Nam War, are still fresh and relevant today. And we couldn’t leave without talking about her gorgeous romantic ballad “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” and many more from her personal songbook that will fill out the Long and Winding Road program.
She touches on her stage career – Little Women, Pirates of Penzance, Three Penny Opera – then a story probably no one has ever heard about playing the crazy nun in the movie Airplane.
A Long and Winding Road plays at Arena Stage in Crystal City thru April 12th.
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