A star who's positively musical

Maureen McGovern has moved from disaster movie themes to songs of hope and inspiration

April 09, 2006|By J. WYNN ROUSUCK | J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC

Little Women would certainly never be lumped into the "disaster" genre -- no ocean liners sink; no skyscrapers collapse. But this gentle musical gives the performer once dubbed "The Disaster Theme Queen" a solo every bit as uplifting as The Poseidon Adventure's "The Morning After" or The Towering Inferno's "We May Never Love Like This Again."

In Little Women, the musical adapted from Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, McGovern plays Marmee, mother of the four March sisters. After the death of daughter Beth, Marmee sings "Days of Plenty," to encourage daughter Jo. ("So believe that she mattered / And believe that she always will. / She will always be with you.")

LITTLE WOMEN / / April 11-23 / / Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. / / Tickets $26-$71 / / 410-547-SEAT

MAUREEN McGOVERN

Born:

July 27, 1949, in Youngstown, Ohio

Career highlights:

Recordings - Oscar-winning gold records "The Morning After" and "We May Never Love Like This Again"; guest appearances - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops and National Symphony Orchestra; Broadway musicals - The Pirates of Penzance, Nine, 3 Penny Opera, Little Women

Charitable work:

Six years as co-host of The Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon; national spokeswoman for the American Music Therapy Association; founder of the Maureen McGovern "Works of Heart" Foundation for Music and Healing

Marital status:

Divorced

Travels with:

7-year-old silky terrier named Miss Hannah and 11-year-old Yorkshire terrier named The Rocket

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