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Jane Krakowski: Cabaret RX

Christopher Loudon on the 30 Rock actress's vocal album and show.

Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski from 30 Rock
Jane Krakowski
Jane Krakowski
Jane Krakowski's album The Laziest Gal in Town
Jane Krakowski

If cabaret is a dying art form, Jane Krakowski might be just what the doctor ordered. Yes, the plucky blonde who was, once upon a time, the best thing about Ally McBeal and currently reigns as the best thing about 30 Rock is a brilliant comic actress (who, strangely, remains Emmy-less). But, as the occasional 30 Rock snippet reveals, she is also a damn fine singer with a Tony (for her show-stopping performance as Carla in the 2003 revival of Nine) to prove it (clearly the folks who distribute theatre awards are a whole lot savvier than those who hand out TV prizes). Krakowski has also headlined productions, here and abroad, of Guys and Dolls, Grand Hotel, Company and Damn Yankees. She is, in other words, a Broadway baby through and through.

When, last autumn, Krakowski decided to add nightclub appearances to her burgeoning resumé, she could easily have opted to present a straightforward evening of show tunes at, say, the Algonquin’s Oak Room, where the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, Andrea Marcovicci and Michael Feinstein first clicked with Manhattan sophisticates. Instead, Krakowski chose to dive headlong into the classic cabaret pool, and selected Feinstein’s new home – his plush, eponymous boîte at the Regency – to get into the floorshow swim.

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