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Linda Lavin: Possibilities

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Though her career in musical theatre dates back more than a half-century and she was frequently called upon to sing during the nine-season primetime run of Alice, Linda Lavin is only now, at 74, getting around to her first studio album. Lavin, who has carved out a strong second career as a cabaret headliner, exemplifies the old adage that age is just a number, sounding remarkably fresh and vibrant across these 12 tracks.

She has chosen well, both in terms of songs-balancing show tunes with sturdy standards and a smattering of unexpected selections, including the Trisha Yearwood hit “The Song Remembers When” and Donald Fagen’s “Walk Between Raindrops”-and musical support, wisely opting for Billy Stritch as musical director, arranger and pianist. Stritch has, of late, become the go-to guy for female singers of a certain age, and he appreciates how best to elegantly showcase their talents.

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