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, ChenowethSee more details below

Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998938427
catalogNumber:
89384
Rank:
84345

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Tracks

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

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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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