As fabulous as Karen Walker could be, she pales in comparison to Megan Mullally's real life stage divadom. The petite, bespectacled Mullally dispensed with the onstage banter, launching straight into her first song “Up A Lazy River” by Hoagy Carmichael (opening track on her most recent album Free Again!). She hovered between breathy coos and sultry wails on the meandering standard.
After her third song, “Shakedown on 9th Street” by Ryan Adams, she finally addressed her adoring, older fans. “Our next song is 'Wind and Rain,' which is a traditional song that's dark and interesting to us.” The duet between Mullally and vocalist/guitarist Stuart Mathis was a chilling highlight, her soprano voice hauntingly crystalline above the spare guitar accompaniment. At the end of the song she added, “By the way, he made the violin out of her bones.” The audience laughed, and she continued her journey through the modern songbook with a cover of Tom Waits' “Mr. Siegal.” She has not yet recorded this song, but her version gives the original a run for its money.