Wayne Hoffman

Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade) blends Billy Joel’s rollicking piano-driven rock with William Finn’s cleverly conversational Broadway fare. Lauren Kennedy is the perfect interpreter of his music; she straddles the same line, somewhere between the winking humor of stage star Kristin Chenoweth and the breezy, clear confidence of pop singer Natalie Imbruglia. Kennedy shines on this debut with a satiny rendition of "When You Come Home to Me" and a rousing version of "Goodbye Until Tomorrow," both from The Last Five Years. Several Brown premieres are featured, including folksy opener "And I Will Follow," making this a must-have for fans of composer and singer alike.