Magazine article The Sondheim Review

Always

Magazine article The Sondheim Review

Always

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Kelli O'Hara - Always (Ghostlight Records)

O'Hara displays not only her virtuoso soprano on this tremendously enjoyable new album but also her gift for a broad array of musical styles. Many of the songs on Always come from musical theatre's Golden Age. Lerner and Loewe's "I Could Have Danced All Night" (My Fair Lady) and the Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green standard "The Party's Over" (Bells Are Ringing) show how effective O'Hara can be: She has performed both works - in presentations by the New York Philharmonic and City Center's Encores! series respectively - to critical and popular acclaim.

Other selections on the disc find O'Hara undertaking numbers that she would never get to perform in the context of a musical, including Rodgers and Hammerstein's "This Nearly Was Mine" (from South Pacific and normally sung by the leading man), in which she makes the heartbreak of lost love genuinely palpable. Similarly, her haunting, smoky interpretation of Sondheim's "Finishing the Hat," a number for George in Sunday in the Park with George, proves to be quite moving. …

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