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To call Ms Benanti eclectic would not be fair. She it truly versatile as the owner of many voices. Which means she can sing folk in a proto-Joan-Baez or Joni Mitchell style, always maintaining her soprano on top and its many colors throughout. That makes her a spectacular singer. If you add her humor and wit, we are in the presence of a truly first class performer. This is an very entertaining hour-plus CD, ending on a true tour-de-force from 'Women at the verge...". Along the way we get to know her, thanks to her very articulate humor and witty take on her life and those few kids who were born loving specials songs and the theater and cannot find someone to share it with! By the end of the CD I was smiling all over, but just a tad disappointment. I truly would have liked more musical theater songs. Given her mention of Sondheim, why not one of his? So in a personal way, and musically, the CD did not leave a memorable impression, with exceptions. The other problem was the piano. Perhaps 54Below should secure a first call one? Not one that is noticeably clanky. For some personal reason, it bothered me and took my attention away from the singer. Caveats aside, it does not diminish my admiration for Laura Benanti.
I fell in love with Laura Benanti's voice after seeing her in "My Fair Lady". I purchased this CD, a live performance at NYC's 54 Below. She has just a wonderful voice. Her own compositions are witty and entertaining, and I love the comedic interludes between songs. Just a gem!
Laura Benanti is a rare talent of our generation, and not only does she have an unparalleled singing voice, but she is also incredibly funny. The album runs the gamut from Broadway hits to pop, standard, and folk covers to a few songs Laura wrote herself. It also features dialogue / storytelling from her performance, showcasing her sense of humor and quick wit.
Wish I could have seen the show in person, but I imagine this is the next best thing.
Captures Benanti's incredible voice and her delightful, self-deprecating sense of humor. And who knew she could play the ukulele? The only regret you'll have after listening to this recording is that you weren't in the audience to experience it live.