Most of the time, the va-va-voom is front and center as Krakowski lends her sultry touch to such songs as Cole Porter's "The Laziest Gal in Town," Richard Adler and Jerry Ross' "A Little Brains, A Little Talent" (which is even more full-bodied than her version in last year's City Center Encores! production of Damn Yankees), Eubie Blake and Andy Razaf's double-entendre "Handy Man" (in which she gets a strong assist from bassist Jay Leonhart), and Dickie Thompson's heat-inducing "Thirteen Men" (a 1960s novelty which she found while watching an old Ann-Margret special).
So it's especially lovely when Krakowski switches gears and shows her softer side on Johnny Mercer and Jerome Kern's "I'm Old Fashioned" -- winningly paired with "Old Fashioned Girl" -- and Irving Berlin's "Face the Music and Dance." Her self-deprecating humor, which comes up periodically in her patter, also adds another dimension to what could be a lesser performance in other hands.
Not content with singing predictable standards, Krakowksi's act includes a couple of unusual cabaret detours: the Sesame Street favorite "Rubber Ducky" (complete with bubbles blown on the stage) and an offbeat "drug medley" of "When I Get Low I Get High" and "Wacky Dust," two songs completely new to me. Wisely, as well, she adds a contemporary twist to the evening by performing a brilliantly updated version of Rodgers & Hart's "Zip" called "Tweet" with special lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, as well as a rap version of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend' (with additional lyrics by Chad Begeulin).
By evening's end, every man in the room (and even a few women) will want to buy a 30-carat ring for Krakowski. But despite her onstage persona, even if you do, she won't be going home with you.
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