For the Record - Songs from the Silver Screen

Playbill on line - May 11, 1998
by Andrew Gans


OH, KAYE!
On her first solo album for Varese Sarabande, Tony winner Judy (The Phantom of the Opera) Kaye saluted the divas of the Broadway stage, performing songs that had been originally created by such theatrical stars as Ethel Merman ("The Hostess with the Mostess"), Mary Martin ("A Cockeyed Optimist"), Patti LuPone ("Where is the Warmth?") and others. On her second recording, which has just been released by Varese, Kaye continues the diva theme, this time paying tribute to the women of the silver screen.

In the liner notes for Judy Kaye: Songs from the Silver Screen, the current star of Ragtime writes, "For all the ladies who have sung on screen, for the ladies who have sung for the ladies on screen, for anyone who has ever dreamed of singing on screen, I dedicate this recording to you." Kaye possesses a clear, strong voice that easily switches between belt and soprano, and she is most effective on "Everything," which Barbra Streisand sang for A Star Is Born; "You'll Never Know," Alice Faye's hit from Hello, Frisco, Hello; and the Leslie Bricusse tune, "You and I," which Petula Clark recorded for Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Kaye is joined on this CD by Jason Graae in the "Ginger and Fred Medley" and by David Green on a lovely duet of "Two Sleepy People."

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