New curtains rising on Broadway and off
By Robert Osborne
Oct 2, 2007
Meanwhile, anyone looking for an exceptional night out on the town right now should make a beeline to the Oak Room of the Algonquin to see and hear KT Sullivan delivering one of the best cabaret performances in many a moon. KT's someone whose kewpie doll looks, nifty voice and twinkling humor have for years, and countless outings, been a welcome addition to the town's talent parade, but something's different and unusually attractive about her this time. "I'm not a girl anymore," she says as a toss-away line at one point, and indeed, that may be the key to this new, reinvented Sullivan. She is in better voice and more self-assured than before, no longer a boop-oop-a-doop ingenue but a bona fide, womanly entertainer of many dimensions, with a great sense of both fun and maturity that makes her particularly magnetic. (It's doubtful anyone gets a bigger kick out of doing what she does than this lady.) This current Algonquin turn show is a definite standout, not only making great use of Sullivan but also songs by Berlin, Sondheim, Coward, Porter and others as well as words culled from Dame Diana Rigg's witty 1982 book of theatrical pans "No Turn Unstoned." Kudos also to her musical director Tedd Firth, director Eric Michael Gillett and bass Steve Doyle.