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Liz Callaway
The Beat Goes On

Singer and actress Liz Callaway is a household name among denizens of The Great White Way. Since making her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, she has gone on to star in Cats and the musical Baby (for which she received a Tony nomination), and she originated the role of Ellen, the American wife, in Miss Saigon. On her first solo album in five years, The Beat Goes On (Fynsworth Alley), Callaway transforms popular songs of the 1960s into Broadway showstoppers with her monumental vocals and charismatic personality.


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The collection includes such erstwhile radio favorites as "Leavin' On a Jet Plane," "Up, Up and Away," "When I'm Sixty-Four," and "Monday Monday." Alex Rybeck's arrangements and orchestrations by Lanny Meyers and Larry Moore make each song sound as though it were penned by Andrew Lloyd Webber and destined for 42nd Street. Likewise, Callaway's voice is unquestionably spectacular. The only drawback is that the purity of her pipes and the grand arrangements negate the unique edginess of the originals. Callaway's version of "You Don't Own Me" lacks the angst of Lesley Gore's rendition, while her cover of "Leavin' on a Jet Plane"—made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary—more closely mirrors Olivia Newton John's preciously sweet stylings in Xanadu. Even so, Callaway reminds us why these songs are timeless favorites, and the musical theater orchestrations give them new life. Anyone who owns even one Broadway musical soundtrack should pick up this CD.

—Leslie Rosenberg

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