Singers on Sondheim: Day 2, Cook and LuPone

Inside Track   Singers on Sondheim: Day 2, Cook and LuPone
This week, as Stephen Sondheim (and the world) celebrates his 80th birthday, I wanted to share some thoughts on one of America's most influential songwriters from the performers who bring his music to life.

Day 2 is Barbara Cook and Patti LuPone.

Barbara Cook is currently starring in Sondheim on Sondheim alongside Vanessa Williams, Tom Wopat and Norm Lewis. Of course, this isn't her first Sondheim outing...not by a long shot.  Cook's famous soprano has spun its magical web around many a Sondheim tune including what has become somewhat of a signature for Cook"Losing My Mind" from Follies. She's sung Sondheim everywhere a person could sing Sondheim... on Broadway, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Met, the Kennedy Center, London and beyond.

"I don't think anyone's written about the human experience with the depth that Stephen does. And consistently. There's just more there to find. A lot of it is different, sometimes very difficult. But it's rewarding."

"Loosing My Mind" from Follies
Patti LuPone has a similar professional love affair with the songs of Sondheim.  LuPone dazzled as Mrs. Lovett in the most recent Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd, and a few years later, triumphantly took home her second Tony for her role as Rose in the Sondheim/Styne/Laurents musical Gypsy.  She's also performed in productions of Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music, Passion and Anyone Can Whistle (just to name a few!)

Upon seeing the original Company while at Julliard:
"I don't recall having a whole lot of thought except 'This was great. This was unbelievable. This was magical.' It was being awestruck by Great. How often do you see that?"

"Being Alive" from Company

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