Barbara Cook and Elaine Stritch Billed in Alphabetical Order, Feb. 27
Cook and Stritch will perform the show at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, where The Light in the Piazza is currently running. Directed by Tony Award-winner Jack O'Brien (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray), the high-voltage evening will be followed by dinner at Avery Fisher Hall's Grand Promenade.
The earthy Cook and the brassy Stritch are both musical theatre legends who have headlined acclaimed solo shows in recent years--Cook with Mostly Sondheim and Barbara Cook's Broadway and Stritch with the Tony Award-winning Elaine Stritch At Liberty. The latter actress is also currently appearing in her cabaret At Home at the Carlyle, which was extended for a second time due to popular demand. The two also recently performed together when Stritch made a guest appearance at Cook's January 20th Metropolitan Opera debut concert.
Cook, who made her Broadway debut as the leading lady of 1951's Flahooley, received a Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award for her portrayal of Marian Paroo in the original production of The Music Man. She also originated the roles of Cunegonde in Candide and Amalia Balash in She Loves Me. Other Broadway credits include Plain and Fancy, The Gay Life, Any Wednesday and The Grass Harp. In the last few decades, the former ingenue has increasingly turned to the worlds of concert and cabaret. Mostly Sondheim was nominated for a Best Special Theatrical Event Tony in 2002, and in addition to Barbara Cook's Broadway (available on DRG along with Mostly Sondheim), she appeared in Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre. Her many albums include Count Your Blessings, It's Better with a Band, Oscar Winners: The Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II, Close as Pages in a Book, The Champion Season: Live at the Cafe Carlyle and Tribute.
Stritch received a 2002 Drama Desk Award for her performance in Elaine Stritch at Liberty; the show also garnered a Tony for Best Special Theatrical Event and netted Stritch an Emmy when it was broadcast on HBO. She has received Tony Award nominations for her performances in A Delicate Balance, Bus Stop, Sail Away and Company, in which she originated the role of the sardonic Joanne. Other Broadway credits include Call Me Madam (as the standby for Ethel Merman), Pal Joey, On Your Toes, Goldilocks, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Love Letters and Show Boat; she also appeared in the legendary Lincoln Center concert version of Follies. On film and TV, she has been seen in Providence, Cocoon: The Return, September, An Unexpected Wife, Small Time Crooks, Autumn in New York, Monster-in-Law, "3rd Rock from the Sun," and "Law and Order," for which she received an Emmy Award.
Individual tickets are $1,250 and $2,500, while tables of ten go at $12,500, $25,000 and $50,000. Call (212) 501-3251 for more information.