"A spotlight isn't necessary when Tennie Leonard performs. She lights up a room by herself. Case in point: Her warm personality and rich voice brought a lovely glow to Judy*s Chelsea where her newest show, From Where I Stand, played. Starting with three witty numbers (Shy, by Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer; I've Got Them Feelin' Too Good Today Blues, by Lieber and Stoller; and Bigger Isn't Better, by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart), Tennie won my heart right off by letting the songs speak for themselves, skillfully skirting any "wink, wink, I'm being humorous" messages that lesser singers sometimes send.
Tennie's versatility was illuminated by her next number: a moving performance of Cole Porter's Down in the Depths on the 90th Floor. Continuing in a well-paced and varied program, she brought humor and heart to top quality selections written by such writers as Amanda McBroom, Craig Carnelia, John Bucchino and Carol Hall; Mercer and Arlen; Bernstein/Comden/Green; and Sondheim.
Her rendition of Kurt Weill's My Ship was a jewel, allowing the feelings and imagery of Ira Gershwin's lyric to shine through. With naturalness and simplicity of style, Tennie proved to be a songwriter's - and an audience's - loving friend. Hats off, too, to the arrangements and performing of musical director David Brunetti.