won a Tony for the supporting role of Sally Brown in the 1999 revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
, made a memorably vampy Lily in the 1999 television film of Annie
, and had an NBC sitcom created for her, Kristin!
Now she grabs the spotlight in Let Yourself Go
, her first solo recording. She mixes torchy standards ("My Funny Valentine," "How Long Has This Been Going On?") with Faith Prince
-style sauciness ("If"), gets to show off her operatic and scat chops in the miniplay "The Girl in 14G," and shares a light duet with Jason Alexander (reviving his musical theater career
). Perhaps her "Stranger Here Myself" isn't the weightiest you've ever heard, but this is an enjoyable album with a good deal of old-fashioned class, expertly accompanied by Rob Fisher and the Coffee Club Orchestra
. --David Horiuchi