"In Heart and Soul Ms. Oberlin concentrates on Loesser's softer-edged zaniness and on his unjustly neglected romantic side . . . Beyond her having a pretty voice, poise, and interpretive insight, this is a smart, polished show." Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Karen Oberlin is lighting up the Algonquin's Oak Room with a show that is subtle, elegant, musically spot on, and sends you out humming. She's a keeper!" Rex Reed, New York Observer
"How would you like your own private one-to-one performance by a sophisticated singer? All right, so there are other people with you in the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel. But everyone seems to fade away as Karen Oberlin has a love affair with the music and lyrics she has chosen and sings so intimately that it's as if her songs are meant only for you." William Wolf, William Wolf's Entertainment Guide
Karen Oberlin returns to Crazy Coqs with her show celebrating the songs of legendary composer and lyricist Frank Loesser. In 2010 Karen headlined at the legendary Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room commemorating Loesser's centenary. Loesser had achieved American songwriter immortality for writing the scores to classic Broadway musicals such as Guys & Dolls and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, as well as the score to the film Hans Christian Anderson starring Danny Kaye and endless numbers of popular songs including "Baby, It's Cold Outside." His songs have heart, passion and bottomless wit, along with New York City grit and true American heart that is celebrated worldwide. For her show, Oberlin received wide critical praise, along with the New York Nightlife Award for Jazz Vocalist of the Year the MAC Lamott-Friedman Award for the live recording of the show.