Following her critically acclaimed and Tony-nominated performance in Mostly Sondheim, the legendary Cook will present her new concert evening Fridays through Sundays on the set of King Lear at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. The official opening night for the show is set for March 28, and the concerts will run through April 18. 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 will perform songs from — and reminisce about — this period of Broadway history. Theatregoers can expect to hear Cook wrap her lush soprano around such tunes as "It's Not Where You Start," "Wonderful Guy," "My White Knight," "Mister Snow," "Look What Happened to Mabel," "The Gentleman Is a Dope," "This Nearly Was Mine," "Make the Man Love Me" 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. Show times are March 19 at 8 PM, March 20 and 21 at 2 PM, March 26-28 at 8 PM, 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.