Despite admirable steps into the pop domain, Linda Eder is still most at home when her material harkens from the stage.
Despite admirable steps into the pop domain, Linda Eder is still most at home when her material harkens from the stage. Broadway My Way allows the formidable diva—and Brainerd, Minn., native—to carry classic Broadway standards (way) over the top, with such stamina-defying anthems as "I Am What I Am," "What Kind of Fool Am I?" and—perhaps the set's shining moment—"The Impossible Dream"—while also investing in beautifully subtle moments like "I'll Be Seeing You" and "Edelweiss." Arrangements from Kim Scharnberg and Jeremy Roberts glisten with gracious but often booming elegance, stamping this gorgeous project with a larger-than-life luster. Despite the versatility demonstrated in tempo and gusto, fans will weaken at the knees over the no-holds-barred performances, keeping a lock on Eder's reputation as Broadway's most-gifted belter.—CT