Fifteen years after splashing her wares across pop radio, Deborah Gibson continues to indulge her creative muse as a celebrated Broadway-stage staple.

Fifteen years after splashing her wares across pop radio, Deborah Gibson continues to indulge her creative muse as a celebrated Broadway-stage staple. What a natural step to tackle onstage standards in her new "Colored Lights," a 13-song collection that showcases a potent interpreter. Whether slinking through "Blame It on the Summer Night" from "Rags," torching through "Les Mis" signature "On My Own" or singing her heart out in the pained "I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love" from "The Boy From Oz" (AC smash, anyone?), there's not a misguided moment here. Orchestral arrangements are elegant, and production is as crisp and clear as a live showcase. Those who haven't heard Gibson since "Only in My Dreams" will see that baby's grown up real good. This lady can sing!—CT

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