Sondheim addicts can rest easy: Their latest fix of Broadway composer lyricist Stephen Sondheim's work, interpreted by Broadway legend Barbara Cook, is in record stores May 8 from DRG Records.
Cook's highly-anticipated new two-CD album, a document of her recent Carnegie Hall concert, Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim, is produced by Hugh Fordin. The album includes all the music from the Feb. 2, 2001 concert (including special guest Malcolm Gets' numbers) and has liner notes by Frank Rich, former drama critic of The New York Times. The conceit of the concert was to sing songs that Sondheim wrote and songs he said he wished he had written. This gives soprano Cook the chance to sing such oddities has "Hard-Hearted Hannah (the Vamp from Savannah)" and "The Eagle and Me." Her signature number, "Ice Cream," is also here.
Cook, of course, is the famed Broadway soprano who created roles in Candide, The Music Man, She Loves Me, Flahooley and other musicals. Wally Harper is arranger, pianist and musical director (and associate producer). John Beal is on bass. Gets is the TV and theatre actor widely known for TV's "Caroline in the City." Here, he sings an obscure version of "Giants in the Sky," heard in a workshop of Into the Woods.
"Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim Live at Carnegie Hall" will include:
"Everybody Says Don't"
"I Wonder What Became of Me?"
"The Eagle And Me"
"I Had Myself a True Love"
"Into The Woods"/"Giants in the Sky" (Malcolm Gets)
"Another Hundred People" (Malcolm Gets)
"So Many People" (Malcolm Gets)
"Let's Face the Music and Dance" (duet with Malcolm Gets)
"The Song Is You"
"You Could Drive a Person Crazy"
"Not a Day Goes By"
"Losing My Mind" DISC TWO
"Buds Won't Bud"
"I Got Lost in His Arms"
West Side Story Segment
"Something's Coming"/"Tonight" (Malcolm Gets)
"Move On" (duet with Malcolm Gets)
"Hard Hearted Hannah"
"Waiting for the Robert E. Lee"
" Ice Cream"
"Send in the Clowns"
"The Trolley Song"
"Not While I'm Around" (duet with Malcolm Gets)
"Anyone Can Whistle"