Los Angeles will get a big taste of New York City's recent Special Event Tony nominees when Barbara Cook, John Leguizamo and Elaine Stritch stop by the Ahmanson Theatre short revivals of their solo shows. Variety reports Cook will sing Mostly Sondheim Feb. 28-March 9, Leguizamo does his Sexaholix March 11-23 and Stricht is At Liberty April 8-27.
Stritch beat out the other two to win the 2002 Tony Award for Special Event. She is currently performing At Liberty at London's Old Vic through Dec. 14. A retrospective of the musical theatre legend's career, At Liberty is speckled with sometimes bawdy, sometimes moving anecdotes and songs she's sung, including the one she's best known for — "The Ladies Who Lunch" from Company. The 77-year-old star netted practically ever prize in New York City for At Liberty including an Obie Award; a special citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle; The Distinguished Achievement Award in Musical Theatre from the Drama League; a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance; a Drama Desk for Outstanding Book of a Musical (sharing with John Lahr); a Lucille Lortel Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.
Another legend of the musical theatre stage, Cook is best remembered for her performances in The Music Man and She Loves Me. Her Mostly Sondheim concert is just that, mostly tunes by Stephen Sondheim ("In Buddy's Eyes," "Anyone Can Whistle," "Send in the Clowns," "Losing My Mind") paired with songs the great musical composer-lyricist wishes he'd written ("The Trolley Song," "Ice Cream"). Cook is accompanied by Wally Harper on piano and John Burr on bass.
Leguizamo's Sexaholix employs an "in your face" comedic style, covering in his words "relationships: dating, trying to 'get some', breaking up, break-up sex, make-up sex, marriage, divorce," and other topics including Latino history, childhood, family, and finally fatherhood, referencing his own experiences and relatives." Although the actor has always garnered theatrical attention for his solo pieces Mambo Mouth, Spic-o-Rama and Freak, Leguizamo is also a film star, whose recent work includes "Moulin Rouge," "Ice Age" and the upcoming "Empire" and "Infamous."
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