Marilyn Maye to perform at Temple Theater

American jazz singer, cabaret singer, and musical theater actress Marilyn Maye will visit Des Moines for two performances at the Temple Theater on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. Single tickets will go on sale Friday, Dec. 14 at 9 a.m. and can be purchased at, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at 515-246-2300. 

Maye is a highly praised singer, actress, director, arranger, educator, a Grammy nominated recording artist and a musical treasure. Her entire life has been committed to the art of song and performance.

The award-winning Maye appeared 76 times on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” – the record for a singer.

She began her professional singing career by winning a 13-week appearance on radio station WIBW, Topeka, Kansas, at age 9. During her 11-year engagement at the Colony in Kansas City, she was “discovered” by television personality Steve Allen who was the first to present her various times to a national television audience. The Steve Allen performances led her to an RCA recording contract.

Her RCA recordings consist of seven albums and 34 singles, including the first hit recordings of “Cabaret” and “Step to the Rear.” Her album with full orchestra, “The Lamp is Low,” is considered a classic.

Her place in American music history was assured when the Arts Council of the Smithsonian Institution selected one of her recordings, “Too Late Now” for the Smithsonian-produced album of the 110 Best American Compositions of the Twentieth Century.