Beautiful Girl: The Essential Barbara Cook On Disc

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09 Nov 2013

"Barbara Cook's Broadway"

A treasured record of Cook's 2004 smash hit one-woman show, "Barbara Cook's Broadway" is more than just two discs of Cook recreating Broadway history moment after moment, and it's more than just her expanding her repertoire to include stellar takes on some songs she didn't get to sing in She Loves Me and other shows. It's also a live recording of her between-song patter, including some fascinating stories about the times she's been around and the people she worked with, as well as a hilarious anecdote about her colleague, Elaine Stritch, who was at the time appearing her own triumphant solo show. The set ends with "The Party's Over," and, of course, it just melts in your ear. Even better, it's almost 10 years later and Cook has recorded another seven albums thus far. The Barbara Cook party is far from over — it's still raging!

(Ben Rimalower is the author and original star star of the critically acclaimed Patti Issues. Read's coverage of the solo show here. Visit him at and follow @benrimalower on Twitter.)

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