Critics have been unanimous in their praise for Maxine Linehan. The New York Times called her “fiercely talented … she takes favorites that you thought you knew and infuses them with an intensely personal point of view.” USA Today wrote, “Linehan lends her warm, throbbing voice to an inspired medley celebrating the kind of romantic love that endures.” The Huffington Post called her “a powerful and confident singer,” while the Irish Voice concurred, describing Linehan as a “megawatt talent … She is outstanding … pitch perfect …an Irish actress and singer of the first rank.”
This show exuberantly follows the course of Petula Clark’s extraordinary career from her early, popular recordings in the 1940s, through her mega-stardom in the 1960s, to her award-winning performances in film and on Broadway right up to the 1990s. Maxine Linehan will premiere this evening at Feinstein’s/54 Below, featuring such enduring top ten hits as “Don’t Sleep in the Subway,” “I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love,” “This is My Song,” and of course, “Downtown.” But Petula’s major Broadway and West End career will also be explored, including some of Broadway’s greatest hit songs from The Sound of Music, Blood Brothers, and Sunset Boulevard.
What Would Petula Do? is directed by Scott Siegel (creator, writer, director and host of The Town Hall’s Broadway By The Year series and writer, director and producer of Michael Feinstein’s concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center). The show’s musical director is Ryan Shirar.