The concert of theatre music by the actress and vocalist beloved for Candide, The Music Man and She Loves Me will be recorded at the Vivian Beaumont Theater April 16 and 17. The entire 90-minute show will be represented on two discs, with a July release expected. DRG president and founder Hugh Fordin will produce the recording.
DRG has been a home for Cook for many years. Two Carnegie Hall albums, "It's Better With a Band" and "Mostly Sondheim," were released by the label, as well as a number of other discs: "The Champion Season," "All I Ask of You," "Close as Pages in a Book," "Oscar Winners," "Live From London."
Barbara Cook's Broadway officially opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre March 28. Previews began March 19 and shows run through April 18. Barbara Cook's Broadway follows the singer's critically acclaimed and Tony-nominated performance in Mostly Sondheim. Cook presents her new concert evening Fridays through Sundays on the set of King Lear at the Beaumont. Wally Harper serves as Cook's musical director and arranger; Richard Sarpola performs on bass.
The intermissionless Barbara Cook's Broadway takes audiences on a tour of the golden years of Broadway. Cook performs songs from — and reminisces about — this period of Broadway history. Theatregoers hear Cook wrap her lush soprano around such tunes as "It's Not Where You Start," "Among My Yesterdays," "Wait 'Til You're Sixty-Five," "Wonderful Guy," "My White Knight," "Mister Snow," "Nobody Else But Me," "A Perfect Relationship," "Look What Happened to Mabel," "What'll I Do"/"Time Heals Everything," "The Gentleman Is a Dope," "His Face," "This Nearly Was Mine," "The Very Next Man," "Make the Man Love Me" and "The Party's Over" as well as medleys of tunes from She Loves Me and Show Boat.
Cook has starred on Broadway in Flahooley, Candide, The Gay Life, The Music Man and She Loves Me. She received a Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award for her performance in The Music Man. Cook recently made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the New Year's Eve gala performance of Franz Léhar's The Merry Widow. Her recordings are numerous; her most recent is titled "Count Your Blessings."
In 2002 the veteran singer-actress received a Tony nomination for Best Special Theatrical Event for her tribute to Stephen Sondheim, which she performed Monday nights to critical acclaim at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre. That program, simply titled Mostly Sondheim, was subsequently taped for CD and DVD release.
Tickets for Barbara Cook's Broadway are priced at $60. Remaining shows are April 2 at 8 PM, April 3 and 4 at 2 PM, April 16 at 8 PM and April 17 and 18 at 2 PM.