Laurie Beechman

Time Between the Time

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On her 1990 debut album Listen to My Heart, Laurie Beechman, best known for her roles in Broadway shows like Cats and Les Miserables, predictably performed her songs from those shows along with a selection of other show music. Three years later, her second album, Time Between the Time again chose primarily from theater and film songs, but it had more of a personal character and more of a narrative structure. Recently married, the singer examined romantic love in a contemporary setting, beginning with Stephen Sondheim's "Another Hundred People," about how people find each other, moving on to early infatuation in "It Might Be You" from the film Tootsie, and, by the middle of the album, advancing to songs of full-blown devotion. Later, songs like a medley of "Soon It's Gonna Rain" from The Fantasticks and "Rain Sometimes" detailed difficulties in a long-term relationship, and the title song concerned the specific problem of maintaining a relationship in the entertainment business with its itinerant nature, before "Never Never Land" from Peter Pan and "Home" from The Wiz concluded the cycle by touching on the magical nature of love. Beechman inhabited the narrative with an actress' talent, glowing with new love on "Look at That Face," for example, but restraining her well-known ability to belt until some of the later songs. Often, however, she retained a certain distance from the material, and, just turning 30-years-old, still seemed to be trying to perform the material precisely rather than fully experience the emotions expressed in the songs. Her stage roles had required a high degree of technical efficiency, but little emotional involvement; on her solo albums, she was still feeling her way towards expressing her real feelings in song. But Time Between the Time marked a significant advance in that direction.

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