‘Broadway Babe’ concert is tonight

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Troy Arts Council will present “Sally Mayes Broadway Babe” Tuesday at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the campus of Troy University.

Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 for the general public and $5 for students with an ID. Tickets will be available at the door.

Tori Lee Averett, Troy University theater department, said Sally Mayes is well respected in the industry and it is an honor to have her perform at Troy University.

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“Sally Mayes made her Broadway debut in Cy Coleman’s ‘Welcome to the Club,’” Averett said. “Her performance won critical praise along with a Theatre World Award and Outer Critics Circle nomination as one of Broadway’s outstanding newcomers.

“On Broadway, Sally Mayes is perhaps best known for her performance in the Roundabout Theatre revival of ‘She Loves Me’ for which she won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations.”

Averett said “Urban Cowboy” earned Mayes another Drama Desk nomination as featured actress in a musical.

“Sally Mayes most recently appeared in ‘Steel Magnolias’ and she has also starred in several Off-Broadway productions, including ‘Closer than Ever’ where she received an Outer Critics Circle nomination, and Das Barbecue, ‘Pete N’Keely’ for which she received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. And, she drew raves as Mae West in the National Tour of ‘Dirty Blonde.’”

Mayes’ film and television credits include, “City Hall” and “Bye, Bye Birdie,” “Law and Order Criminal Intent,” “Sex and the City” and “The Job.”

Mayes also appears on many cast recordings including, “Closer Than Ever,” “She Loves Me,” “Das Barbecue,” “Bye, Bye Birdie,” “Lost in Boston,” “Unsung Musicals,” “Unsung Sondheim” and “Night of the Hunter.”

Mayes has four solo albums and her latest release, “Valentine.”

“Sally Mayes rare and highly anticipated nightclub appearances have earned her rave reviews from coast to coast,” Averett said. “She has been nominated for 12 Manhattan Association of Cabaret awards and has won two ‘Bistros’ for excellence in Cabaret and recording.”

John Jinright, Troy Art Council presented chair, said the TAC is proud to be able to bring Mayes to Troy.

“This is a rare opportunity for us and we are excited and honored to have Sally Mayes in concert,” he said.