Just don’t give her the corresponding number of birthday punches.

Marilyn Maye – a singer, actress, director, arranger, educator, and Grammy-nominated recording artist known as “The Queens of Cabaret” – will celebrate 90 years of life with a concert at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center in Bayside on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m.

Entitled “A Piece of Cake!,” the show will feature many favorites from the American Songbook done with Maye’s theatrical style, which can vary from warm ballads to upbeat show tunes to spicy jazz. Always perfectly coiffed and stylishly attired (often in glittering sequins), she’ll add some scat, crack some jokes, spin some yarns, and engage the audience in her banter with an 18-piece band in the background.

Don’t be surprised by a few high kicks.

Chris Monty, a stand-up comedian who mixes 1960s cool with modern day chic, opens the show. He likes to tell funny stories and offer his spin on current events.

Tickets run from $35 to $48.

Born in Kansas in 1928, Maye’s professional career began with a 13-week singing gig on a Topeka radio station when she was nine years old. That led to her own program, “Marilyn Entertains,” in Des Moines, Iowa, at age 15. She basically never left the stage, producing seven albums and 34 singles with RCA, including the hits “Cabaret” and “Step to the Rear.” Her most famous full-orchestra album is “The Lamp is Low.”

Maye’s resume includes 76 appearances on “The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson,” many hundreds of live shows around the world, and an 11-year engagement at the Colony in Kansas City. (Three husbands, too.) Plus, her song “Too Late Now” is included on the Arts Council of the Smithsonian Institution’s 110 Best Compositions of the Twentieth Century.

She recently indicated that she’s reaching her peak and ready to return to Broadway. It might just happen. As she is credited with coining: “They say age is a matter of mind. So, if you don’t mind, it shouldn’t matter.”

Queensborough Performing Arts Center is located at 222-05 56th Ave.

Image: Marilyn Maye


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