Entitled "Tribute," the single CD is set for a September 2005 release, according to a spokesperson for DRG Records. The recording will feature the songs Cook performed during her recent Cafe Carlyle engagement, which was a tribute to her late musical director Wally Harper as well as to Bobby Short, Harold Arlen and Arthur Schwartz. Song titles are expected to include "I Got the World on a String," "Hurry, It's Lovely Up Here," "Out of This World," "Last Night When We Were Young," "The World Must Be Bigger Than an Avenue," "I Never Knew That Men Cried," "Another Mr. Right Left," "Nashville Nightingale," "Bojangles of Harlem," "I'm Like a New Broom," "I'll Buy You a Star," "Make the Man Love Me," "Sing Medley" and "Smile."
The new DRG release, produced by Hugh Fordin, will boast Cook backed by a 20-piece orchestra. The arrangements were penned by Michael Kosarin with orchestrations by Danny Troob. The songs were recorded at Avitar Studios.
Barbara 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, and her one-woman show, Mostly Sondheim, was nominated for a Tony in the Best Special Theatrical Event category. Cook was most recently on the New York stage in Barbara Cook's Broadway. Both Mostly Sondheim and Barbara Cook's Broadway were also recorded for DRG.