Nearly six decades since the heyday of her Broadway acting career and four decades into her cabaret concert career, Barbara Cook is returning to the New York stage with a concert show conceived by James Lapine and directed by ten-time Tony winner Tommy Tune.
Barbara Cook: Then and Now will play the first of only 65 scheduled performances April 13 at Off-Broadway's New World Stages–Stage One. The production is scheduled to open May 4 and continue through June 26
Tickets are on pre-sale starting 2 PM March 3 for American Express cardholders only, through March 11 at 9:59 AM. Amex Audience Rewards members will have exclusive access to purchase tickets March 11 at 10 AM through March 14 at 9:59 AM, after which tickets will go on sale to the general public. Tickets cost $110, with premium tickets available at $135. They can be ordered by calling Telecharge at (800) 447-7400 or visiting Telecharge.com.
Three-time Tony Award winner Lapine (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park With George, Passion) is credited with conceiving the evening, described in press notes as “a poignant one-woman performance that takes you on a vibrant and candid journey through her remarkable life. Discover the people and the moments, the challenges and the triumphs that shaped her life–in a one-of-a-kind musical memoir you will never forget.”
Lapine will return to Broadway next season, directing a revival of Falsettos.
Cook, 88, starred on Broadway in the original casts of the musicals The Music Man, Candide, Plain and Fancy, Flahooley and The Grass Harp, and was last on Broadway in the musical Sondheim on Sondheim in 2010. She was also the lead in the 1963 musical She Loves Me, which is being revived this spring with Laura Benanti in the role she originated, and which supplied her with her signature song, "Vanilla Ice Cream."
The creative team includes scenic designer Robin Wagner, lighting designer Ken Billington, with music direction by Emmy Award winner Lee Musiker.
Barbara Cook: Then and Now shares its title with her upcoming autobiography, scheduled for June release by HarperCollins. The show is produced by Roy Furman.
“As I began to write my upcoming memoir, I was surprised by how moved I was in revisiting my early years and later my alcoholic years,” Cook said, “I’ve always felt that the narrative of my life came through many of the songs I sing, both tunes I’ve introduced and favorites that have spoken to me through different chapters of my life. I’m hoping this evening will be a live companion piece to the book that taught me more about my own life than I ever would have expected.”