Let Yourself Go

Let Yourself Go

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by Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth is an old-fashioned Broadway Baby. Trained as a lyric coloratura soprano, this diminutive Oklahoman possesses an irrepressible comedic gift, bright-eyed beauty, and a vivacious personality that inevitably led her to the Great White Way and a Tony Award for 1998's You're a Good man, Charlie Brown revival. A self-described throwback, Chenoweth…  See more details below


Kristin Chenoweth is an old-fashioned Broadway Baby. Trained as a lyric coloratura soprano, this diminutive Oklahoman possesses an irrepressible comedic gift, bright-eyed beauty, and a vivacious personality that inevitably led her to the Great White Way and a Tony Award for 1998's You're a Good man, Charlie Brown revival. A self-described throwback, Chenoweth often says she was born in the wrong era. This hasn’t stopped the triple-threat dynamo at all. Kristin, her NBC comedy series, recently had its premiere, and now the adorable chanteuse has released a first-class album, Let Yourself Go, showcasing her many charms. Tackling a host of gems from Tin Pan Alley’s Golden Age, Chenoweth puts her signature on “You’ll Never Know,” “How Long Has This Been Going On?,” “My Funny Valentine,” Kurt Weill’s “I’m a Stranger Here Myself,” Jerome Kern’s “Nobody Else but Me,” and the Irving Berlin title tune. Also included are three excellent new songs, including Ricky Ian Gordon’s bluesy “Just an Ordinary Guy” and the vaudeville tour de force “The Girl in 14-G.” In an earlier era, when Broadway set trends rather than playing catch-up, Chenoweth would have been a household name. It just may happen yet.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Kristin Chenoweth capped a rising career in musical theater with her debut solo album, which found her showing off her well-trained soprano in a collection of show tunes, most of which dated to the interwar period. On Irving Berlin's "Let Yourself Go," she tap danced like Fred Astaire in Follow the Fleet, and she worked up a torrent of comic anger in Jule Styne's "If You Hadn't But You Did." Then, she switched gears, proving herself a potently romantic figure in the Gershwins' "How Long Has This Been Going On?" and Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine." And so it went. Backed by the Coffee Club Orchestra, the resident backup band for City Center's Encores! series of concert versions of lost musicals, with whom she had worked on Strike Up the Band and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, she recreated one of the Strike Up the Band numbers, the lesser-known Gershwin treat "Hangin' Around With You," abetted by another musical theater veteran who had branched out into TV, Jason Alexander. Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan's previously unheard "The Girl in 14G" allowed her to show off her opera training as well as her scatting abilities, and she fearlessly (and successfully) took on the ghost of Mary Martin by covering "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" from One Touch of Venus. Like an elaborate audition tape, the album seemed designed to suggest that Chenoweth could play any sort of part; sometimes the songs themselves reflected this goal of displaying versatility, notably the obscure Vincent Youmans song "Should I Be Sweet?," in which the singer must bounce back and forth between "sweet" and "hot" personas as she tries to choose between them. But whatever role she undertook, Chenoweth revealed more than enough talent to excel on a dazzling first album.

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  1. Let Yourself Go, song (from "Follow the Fleet")
  2. If You Hadn't But You Did
  3. How Long Has This Been Going On?, song (from Rosalie, musical)
  4. My Funny Valentine, song (from "Babes in Arms")
  5. Hangin' Around with You
  6. The Girl in 14g
  7. I'll Tell the Man in the Street, song (from "I Married an Angel")
  8. I'm a Stranger Here Myself, song for voice & piano (from "One Touch of
  9. Nobody Else but Me, song (from "Show Boat")
  10. Nobody's Heart, song (from "By Jupiter")
  11. Why Can't I?, song (from "Spring Is Here")
  12. Should I Be Sweet?
  13. Just an Ordinary Guy
  14. Just an Ordinary Guy
  15. Goin' to the Dance with You
  16. On a Turquoise Cloud

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kristin Chenoweth   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jay Berliner   Guitar
Martin Agee   Track Performer
Dennis Anderson   Track Performer
Dave Bargeron   Track Performer
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
John Beal   Bass
Bruce Bonvissuto   Track Performer
Ronald Carbone   Track Performer
Glenn Drewes   Track Performer
Lawrence Feldman   Bass Clarinet
Barry Finclair   Track Performer
John Frosk   Track Performer
Jack Gale   Trombone
Jill Jaffe   Viola
Susan Jolles   Track Performer
Arnold Kinsella   Drums,Track Performer
Eric Kivnick   Track Performer
Jeanne LeBlanc   Track Performer
Robert Millikan   Track Performer
Sharon Moe   Track Performer
Lee Musiker   Piano
Ron Oakland   Track Performer
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Seymour Red Press   Clarinet
John Redsecker   Track Performer
Albert Regni   Clarinet
Clay Ruede   Cello
Russ Rizner-French   Track Performer
Roger Rosenberg   Track Performer
Andy Stein   Violin
Roger Wendt   Track Performer
John Winder   Track Performer
Mineko Yajima   Track Performer
Masako Yanagita   Track Performer
Lanny Paykin   Track Performer
Joe Anderer   Track Performer
Robert Ingliss   Track Performer
Maura Giannini   Track Performer
Jason Alexander   Vocals
Scott Ballantyne   Track Performer
Robert Fisher   Piano,Musical Direction
Stu Satalof   Track Performer
Sheryl Henze   Track Performer
Rebecca Johnson   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Orchestration
Langston Hughes   Lyricist
Ralph Burns   Orchestration
Ogden Nash   Lyricist
Robert Russell Bennett   Orchestration
Greg Calbi   Mastering
Betty Comden   Lyricist
Bruce Coughlin   Orchestration
Buddy DeSylva   Lyricist
Duke Ellington   Orchestration
Ian Fraser   Digital Editing
Ira Gershwin   Lyricist
Adolph Green   Lyricist
Oscar Hammerstein   Lyricist
Lorenz Hart   Lyricist
Jeffrey Lesser   Producer,Engineer,Digital Editing,Engineering
Ed Rak   Engineer
Russell Warner   Orchestration
Hans Spialek   Orchestration
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Paul Cremo   Executive Producer
Jeremy Caulton   Vocal Assistance
Iain Fraser   Digital Editing

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Let Yourself Go 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Wmsontree More than 1 year ago
Kristin Chenoweth is in a class all by herself! Anyone you loves the old melodies and lyrics of yesterdays showtunes, they are in for a treat. Kristin has a way of painting a picture with the way she can accentuate the vocal phrases. Her voice flows through the songs effortlessly. Kristin is just amazing in the way she can put so much emotion and character into a song. From start to finish this CD is a GEM! A song has no better friend today than Kristin Chenoweth! Kristin has a great vocal range ("The Girl In 14G"). She has fun with the number "If You Hadn't But You Did". To be honest I think she has fun from start to finish in this one. The final song "Daddy" reminds the listener of Eartha Kitt's Christmas song "Santa Baby". I wish that the executives from PBS would put her PBS concert performance from a few years back on top quality DVD. HEY GUYS IT WOULD SELL!!! --WOW! Do yourself a favor, Buy this CD!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantastic CD! Can't wait for more from Kristin Chenoweth. She's my new philosophy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I thought it was kind of odd...it was my mom's cd, but after a few times of listening, I couldn't help belting out the tunes! I absolutely love it! I love broadway shows, so this is just up my alley. Buy it! You'll probably start humming along! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a performer and voice teacher myself, I listen to singers very, very critically for technique, but I'll accept technical inadequacies if the singer has an interesting interpretation. Happily, I don't have to settle for less in either area. Chenoweth is a vocal goddess!! I've already contacted Oklahoma City University, her alma mater, to get information on their voice training program for my students' future college plans, because she is clearly well-trained and well-rounded. Her choices in repertoire show a good sense of the significance of standards and the importance of introducing obscure but fabulous American songs to her audience, as well as championing new compositions. I wish ''The Girl in 14G'' was published - I can already see it being sung on one of my next studio recitals (perhaps by ME)! I heard her sing it on Garrison Keiller's show and was so blown away that I had to get the CD - glad I did. Everything else lives up to that promise and even surpasses it. Gushing? Probably. But she deserves it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kristin Chenoweth has become my new best friend. I listen this CD all of the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have forced my friends to listen to this CD with me, and now they love it as much as I do. One friend even went to a concert of hers with me!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an Oklahoman, I'm proud that Miss Chenoweth comes from our state. This CD is a terrific compilation of her best work. BRAVO. I await her next one with baited breath. Now, THIS is *music*! MORE! MORE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
kristin chenoweth is absolutly amazing...she has an adorable little voice that i definately wish i had because it is so one of a kind.. and once you hear it you know you will never hear anyone else sound quite like her...so sad thats shes leaving wicked...its so obvious that no one could ever measure up and replace her....anyway she rocks next time anyone is in NY go see wicked and drop by broadway dance center!
Guest More than 1 year ago
She has the most unique, pleasant, and versible voice ever in the history of Broadway. I simply love the fact she chose bigband songs. The opening song, "Let Yourself Go", is a toe-tapper and it hooks you into the rest of the cd. I urge you to buy or try out some of the songs, I guarentee this is a sure buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not usually a type for the brassier broadway style voice, but Kristen is wonderful. I tried out this cd on a whim, and it has stunned me. You can tell Kristen is having a great time singing, and that joy spreads to the listener. I would recommend this delightful cd to anyone!
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