Faith Prince's recent cabaret gig,A Leap of Faith, at Joe's Pub in New York City has begat a live recording of the same name on the DRG label. The disc, recorded live Jan. 7-8 at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, will be released April 11. Alex Rybeck is musical director and arranger, with Jered Egan on bass and Larry Lunetta on trumpet.
The Tony Award-winner (for Guys and Dolls) admits in the show (and on disc) that she's a cabaret virgin, new to the form. She spices her program with "On the Other Side of the Tracks" (which she sang on Broadway in 1998-99 in Little Me), a swingy version of her signature, "Adelaide's Lament," from Guys and Dolls, and "Something Wonderful" (sung as Adelaide might) from The King and I (she played a replacement Anna in the Broadway revival).
The CD also includes "Some People," "The Hard Way" (by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen), "Sweet Kentucky Ham" (by Dave Frishberg), "I Always Say Hello to a Flower" (by Murray Grand), "Hurry! It's Lovely Up Here!" and "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?" (by Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane), "The Man With a Horn," "If I Were a Bell," "Is It a Crime?" (by Styne, Comden and Green), "Wish You Were Here" (by Harold Rome), "Autumn" (by Maltby and Shire), "The Boy From..." (by Mary Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim), "Animal in the Pit" (by Larry Grossman and Ellen Fitzhugh), "I Do What I Can With What I Got" (by Grossman and Fitzhugh)."
-- By Kenneth Jones