Tony Award-winning Broadway performer Kristin Chenoweth showcases her range on her debut album, a collection heavy on standards from the '30s and '40s.

Tony Award-winning Broadway performer Kristin Chenoweth showcases her range on her debut album, a collection heavy on standards from the '30s and '40s. Aided by Rob Fisher and the Coffee Club Orchestra, who evoke the era's swinging arrangements without kitsch or sentimentality, Chenoweth crafts satiny renditions of such romantic classics as Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine" and the Gershwins' "How Long Has This Been Going On?" But Chenoweth—whose NBC sitcom, Kristin, premieres in June—has a unique flair for comedy, as theatergoers well know. Her playful phrasing and knowing tone bring freshness to Kurt Weill's "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" and Jule Styne's "If You Hadn't but You Did." And Chenoweth creates a new song that's uniquely hers with "The Girl in 14G"—composed by Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan for this album—which lets the classically trained Chenoweth serve up everything from scat to opera with lyrical flair and a wink on the side.—WH

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