Moonlighting from her acclaimed perf in “Grey Gardens,” Tony winner Christine Ebersole returned to the club stage for a one-night turn with a heady mix of Broadway, jazz and holiday tunes. Adding drive and wit to the star turn was Billy Stritch, punctuating the lady’s repertoire with vigorous piano and vocal support.
The elegant Broadway diva displayed a breezy and confident approach to jazz repertoire, unharnessed and free-spirited.
She re-created her award winning turn in “42nd Street” as tempestuous leading lady Dorothy Brock with a poignantly studied take of “Lullaby of Broadway,” the Al Dubin-Harry Warren tune that defined the heart and soul of the Great White Way.
Ebersole’s silvery soprano beautifully emerged with “So Many People,” Stephen Sondheim’s pointed ode to love and commitment.
Stritch took a jaunty solo turn with “Walking My Baby Back Home” and Peter Nero’s picturesque “Sunday in New York.” His jazz-flavored duet led the way for Ebersole to embrace the Nat Cole songbook with “Hit That Jive, Jack” and “I’m an Errand Girl for Rhythm.”
For a warming closer, Ebersole followed “Winter Wonderland” with Irving Berlin’s timeless “White Christmas,” including as a bonus the sun-baked California verse with its swaying palm trees.
A front-rank contender for another Tony honor, Ebersole demonstrated remarkable versatility in a rangy repertoire.