The four ladies – all talented vocalists in their own right – sizzle when singing the many ensemble numbers. Some also shine as actors when the spotlight is only shining on them. Bainum and Williams are the most successful at infusing solid acting moments into their songs. Of the four, Bainum is the one that has the most solid theatrical background and in this production she proves that she’s equally at home singing jazz standards as she is with singing showtunes – to say that she’s versatile is an understatement. Her take on “Lullaby of Birdland,” in particular, demonstrates her keen ability to internalize the meaning of lyrics while sharing a technically impeccable singing voice with the appreciative audience. Williams delivers a mean scat in several of her numbers and her rendition of “Flying Home” would make Ella proud as it is as emotionally solid as it is technically on point.

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