AMERICAN THEATER WEB
Molaskey shows up on this album, but she's not the star. That honor belongs to Green, who's not only singing, but has written the lyrics for all of the songs and music for some of the disc's 16 tracks. "Little Love", like Molaskey's album, takes the listener back in time, but more toward a time when comic songs filled the stages of New York's cabarets, commenting on contemporary life. Additionally, Green has created some lovely pop-country tunes that transport the listener to the more recent past.
Green has a terrific narrative style in her writing. "Daddy's Shoulders" gives a poignant view of a woman looking back longingly, but realistically, on her childhood. "A Ladies Man" (sung with Molaskey) gives a glimpse into the insecurities, not entirely unfounded, that a woman feels the morning after. For comedy, there's "The V Song," which provides a wicked litany of euphemisms.
While Green has written some of the melodies for her songs, other composers represented include Curtis Moore, Steven McClintock, Kim Lindsay, Jesse Tyler Fuguson, David Sherman, and Ned Ginsberg. The recordings on the disc come from appearances that Green made at Second Stage Theatre and Joe's Pub in New York City. During these engagements, she welcomed other performers to the stage, aside from Molaskey, including Mary Testa, Billy Stritch, Mario Cantone and Jonathan Dukouchitz, who variously join Green or sing her compositions.