If Baby Jane Dexter's voice had its way, it would be belting out show tunes on Broadway, orating at a civil rights rally, or entertaining a stadium full of Heart or Pat Benatar fans. At the tiny Cinegrill on Tuesday, the opening of a five-night stand, it was all Dexter could do to keep her voice from busting out of the room in search of a larger venue with a brighter spotlight. We're talking big and emotive .
Dexter, a figure on the New York cabaret scene of the 1970s who's staging a comeback of sorts after a decade off from performing, makes an apt companion for that voice. All big hair and even bigger attitude, she entertained the appreciative audience with a nimble stream of consciousness about everything from bowling to the blues.