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BY JOHN HOGLUND
Backstage Magazine

Summer Surprises
In her extraordinary debut show, "On the Brink," recently at Don't Tell Mama, Kerri Lynn Jennings made good use of her exceptional talents as she breezed through an hour of musical comedy. The vivacious brunette sparkled in a show directed by Miriam Fond with songs arranged by musical director Woody Regan.

While it's not unusual for newcomers in this milieu to flounder with patter, Jennings easily captivated the room with some of the best accounting of ironies I've heard from a neophyte. For example, a chance encounter with a stranger on an audition led to her headlining in Las Vegas, where she was treated like royalty and found herself performing as a Romanian medium in a séance act with magic, which was taught to her by David Copperfield and Siegfried and Roy. The long tale was a laugh riot and, in lesser hands, might have bombed.

Jennings had the room in stitches. It all became the perfect setup for "A Quiet Thing" (Kander-Ebb), followed by a thrilling reading of "Gorgeous" from "The Apple Tree" (Bock-Harnick). Just when you thought she had used up her bounty, Regan joined her as a dancing partner and their kinetic pantomime to "Tap Your Troubles Away" (Herman) almost stopped the show. And that sums up what Kerri Lynn Jennings is all about—a showstopper with a bright future. She returns to Mama's in October.