The DRG release, "Barbara Cook Mostly Sondheim — Live in Concert," salutes the songs of Stephen Sondheim as well as the tunes the award winning composer has said he wished he had created. Featuring Wally Harper as musical director, the DVD also boasts several bonus features: Cook's Master Class at the Kennedy Center (Aug. 14, 2001), an interview with the legendary singer, interactive menus, instant chapter access to songs and Cook's complete discography on DRG Records. The concert — filmed live at the Pepsico Theatre at SUNY Purchase — is digitally mastered with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, and the recording has a suggested retail price of $29.98 (DVD) or $19.98 (VHS).
Produced and directed by Jim Brown with executive producer Hugh Fordin, the complete track listing for "Barbara Cook Mostly Sondheim — Live in Concert" follows:
"Everybody Says Don't"
"Buds Won't Bud"
"I Wonder What Became of Me?"
"The Eagle and Me"
"I Had Myself a True Love"
"Another Hundred People"/"So Many People"
"In Buddy's Eyes"
"I Got Lost in His Arms"
"You Can't Get a Man With a Gun"
Medley: "Hard Hearted Hannah"/"Waiting for the Robert E. Lee"/"San Francisco"
"When in Rome (I Do As the Romans Do)"
"You Could Drive a Person Crazy"
"Send in the Clowns"
"Not a Day Goes By"
"Losing My Mind"
"The Trolley Song"
"Anyone Can Whistle"
Cheered for her beautiful, crystal-clear soprano voice, Cook has starred on Broadway in Flahooley, Candide, The Gay Life, The Music Man (Tony Award) and She Loves Me. She received a 2002 Tony 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.
In related news: The Tony-winning singer-actress will again offer her Mostly Sondheim concert at Carnegie Hall Nov. 22, 2003. This will mark the second time that Cook has performed her evening of Sondheim at the famed hall. Her Feb. 2, 2001 concert — featuring guest vocalist Malcolm Gets — was recorded live at Carnegie Hall and subsequently released on two CDs by DRG Records. For more information about Carnegie Hall, visit www.carnegiehall.org.