"The recently re-opened Judy's, in its new home in Chelsea, was the venue for Tennie Leonard's show. This handsome cabaret room with its warm, inviting ambiance, is a setting where one can enjoy a pre-show dinner.
On the evening we caught Ms. Leonard's performance, her show was being video taped. Scott Barnes, her director, made a brief comment vis-à-vis the taping but his concerns were happily unfounded.
Affectionate, enthusiastic applause welcomed Tennie to the stage. Sporting a new hair style and wearing an elegant, short evening dress the diminutive chanteuse evoked the glamour of the Supper Club era. Launching into her opening medley of Today and After Today, an upbeat grouping with superb instrumental accompaniment by her orchestra that was reminiscent of the Big Band sound, Ms, Leonard opened with a bang!
Down shifting effortlessly into the timeless ballad Isn't It Romantic, then catching her breath before the demanding and wonderful Judy Garland Medley, she reminisced about meeting Judy Garland, describing it as once of the "greatest nights of my life." Frank Sinatra brought Judy to Tennie's show and she performed for her idol.
A wonderful segue took her into a medley of her favorite Judy Garland songs. Tennie brought alternating smiles and goose bumps with her interpretation of the unforgettable lyrics of these timeless gems and I'm sure much singing along! Her velvet tones enfolded the audience in The Man Who Got Away which sprang to life in her talented hands. Although time and space won't allow a discussion of each song, Tennie's audiences have come to expect that she will sing certain ones - specifically the unforgettableNon, Rien De Rien (No Regrets), made famous by Edit Piaf and the hysterical Arthur In The Afternoon, sung with a fair Brooklyn accent.