Barbara Cook's acclaimed Mostly Sondheim program will be recorded live for an upcoming DVD release on the DRG label. A spokesman for DRG confirmed the news. Cook's salute to the award-winning composer features tunes written by Stephen Sondheim as well as tunes Sondheim has said he wished he had created. Cook received a 2002 Tony Award nomination for Best Special Theatrical Event for her Sondheim tribute, which she premiered at Carnegie Hall prior to extended engagements at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Among the songs Cook offers in Mostly Sondheim are "Send in the Clowns," "In Buddy's Eyes," "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee," "San Francisco," "Ice Cream," "Losing My Mind," "The Trolley Song" and "Anyone Can Whistle."
Cook will preserve her show on DVD during live performances this October, most likely at Philadelphia's Merriam Theatre, where she is scheduled to sing Oct. 1-5. With a working title of "Mostly Sondheim," the DVD will also feature bonus material, including footage of Cook's recent master class in Washington, D.C. as well as interviews with the star and other theatre personalities. The target release date for the DVD is February/March 2003.
Cheered for her beautiful, crystal-clear soprano voice, Cook has starred on Broadway in Flahooley, Candide, The Gay Life, The Music Man and She Loves Me. She is also an internationally renowned concert artist whose numerous recordings are available on CD, including her Sondheim evening on DRG Records.