"The Stradivarius Voice" is coming to Sanibel.
Multiple Grammy-nominated recording artist and Broadway performer Maureen McGovern will travel to the islands for a performance to benefit the Community House.
The day before her performance she will be on a sunset cruise aboard Captiva Cruises' Lady Chadwick where guests will receive a chance to meet McGovern. Her performance will be at the Sanibel Community House. Both nights are part of the continuous effort to raise funds for the Community House.
McGovern's 40-plus year career has spanned nearly every avenue of the music industry, from recording artist to Broadway star. She will join Islanders on an intimate cruise aboard the Lady Chadwick on Monday, March 31 from 6:30-8:45 p.m., where guests will have the opportunity to meet McGovern and, perhaps, enjoy an "a cappella" song while watching the sunset. She will also offer a cabaret-style show at the Community House the following night, April 1 at 7 p.m.
"I was in Sanibel years and years ago," said McGovern. "I have special friends there, and the weather and natural beauty of the area are just so spectacular. I can see why people love it so much."
McGovern recently returned to her home in Ohio after a nearly three-month run doing a show in Palm Springs, California.
Two appearances by Maureen McGovern
1. Monday, March 31 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. aboard the Lady Chadwick cruise ship.
2. Performance: Tuesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way.
Admission: Cruise tickets $75/person, Concert tickets $50/person, Combo package for $100
To reserve seating call 472-2155
"All my friends back east were jealous!" McGovern laughed, referring to the cold weather her hometown has been facing. "It was a challenge though. We did 72 shows in about 8 weeks."
She reflected on a career that has seen her dubbed "the Disaster Theme Queen in the 70s" after winning awards for her "The Morning After" theme song for the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure and "We May Never Love Like This Again" from The Towering Inferno in 1974. The two disaster-themed classics were anchored by two of McGovern's most memorable songs.
"It's been a long, winding road [of a career]."
She transitioned to broadway and cabaret in the 1980s where she found the true spectrum of her talents.
"I found on Broadway, I could do anything I wanted. I learned a lot about myself."
McGovern will perform a special cabaret-style show at the Community House on April 1. She'll be singing favorites from her long career interpreting the American Songbook, as well as some new songs from her recent touring work.
"I'm introducing songs from a new show, Sing My Sister Sing. It's honoring the women singers and songwriters from the 1960s to early 1980s, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, etc."
She's also spreading her time among several other ventures, including working on a spiritual album and writing her memoirs.
"I'm 64 and a half, and I'm loving what I'm doing," McGovern said.
She's also looking forward to just enjoying some of her time on the island.
"We're actually going to get a day or two of R & R on Sanibel, probably rehearsing," she laughed. "But I'm looking forward to it."
Tickets to Maureen McGovern's performances on Sanibel are available at the Sanibel Community House on Periwinkle Way. For more information visit sanibelcommunityhouse.net or call 472-2155.