The legendary Barbara Cook — nominated for a Tony Award in the Best Special Theatrical Event category — will bring her acclaimed one-woman show, "Mostly Sondheim," to the Kennedy Center before returning to Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre this summer.
As part of its much-in-the-news Sondheim Celebration, Cook will perform her tribute to the famed composer from June 5 to June 16 and again from Aug. 14 to Aug. 18 at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theatre. Cook's show features several tunes written by the composer of Follies, Sweeney Todd, Company, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music and Into the Woods as well as songs the composer wished he had written. Audience members can expect the former Music Man and She Loves Me star to wrap her rich soprano around Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns," "Losing My Mind," "Anyone Can Whistle," "In Buddy's Eyes" and "Everybody Says Don't."
Cook will also open a return engagement of Mostly Sondheim at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre — playing Sunday and Monday evenings — from June 23 through Aug. 12 and again from Aug. 19 to Aug. 26.
At the recent Tony Nominees Luncheon, Cook spoke about how surprised she has been about the reception her show, which she originally put together for her annual Cafe Carlyle gig, has received. "[We had] no idea, no idea at all [how successful the show would be]. We didn't put it together for a big concert," Cook explained. "We put it together for our usual show, the act. And then we expanded on it. But we had no idea."
Cook is nominated this year with two other veteran performers — Bea Arthur (for Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends) and Elaine Stritch (for Elaine Stritch at Liberty) — and comedian/actor John Leguizamo (for Sexaholix . . . a love story). Cook won the 1958 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her work in Meredith Willson's The Music Man.