Barbara Cook to Bring ARE YOU HAVIN' ANY FUN? to Symphony Space Tomorrow
Tony and Grammy Award winner and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree Barbara Cook will be returning to New York-area stages with her new concert ARE YOU HAVIN' ANY FUN? Barbara Cook in Concert, with upcoming performances scheduled for: Saturday, April 26 at Symphony Space in Manhattan; Saturday, May 10 at the Colden Auditorium at the Kupferberg Center at Queens College; Saturday, May 31 at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange, New Jersey; and at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY on Saturday June 14.
In ARE YOU HAVIN' ANY FUN?, the legendary singer continues her foray into her newly developed repertoire of jazz and swing while also reprising her now-classic renditions of songs from Broadway and the great American songbook.
Under the musical direction of Ted Rosenthal on piano with Dave Riekenberg on woodwinds, Warren Odze on drums, and Jay Leonhart on bass, Miss Cook will perform a selection of songs by a varied array of songwriters including George Gershwin, Jack Yellin and Sammy Fain, Johnny Mercer, Vincent Youmans, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, and John Lennon.
Recipient of a 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, Barbara Cook received rave reviews and a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Sondheim on Sondheim, which marked her return to the Broadway stage after an absence of 23 years. Ms. Cook's most notable recent appearances include her 85th birthday concert (and seventh solo concert) at Carnegie Hall, three sold-out concerts with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, a series of critically acclaimed new shows at New York's Feinstein's at the Regency and an historic solo concert debut at the Metropolitan Opera House, where she became the first female solo pop singer to be presented in concert by the MET. Ms. Cook won a NY Drama Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk award for her concert Barbara Cook's Broadway and was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her previous concert, Mostly Sondheim. A leading star of the Broadway stage during the '50 and '60, her many credits include the creation of three classic roles in the American musical theatre: Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide, Marian the Librarian in Meredith Willson's The Music Man (Tony Award) and Amalia in Bock and Harnick's She Loves Me (Drama Desk Award). In 1975 she made her Carnegie Hall debut and embarked on a second career as a concert and recording artist performing to critical acclaim in most of the country's major concert halls and cabarets throughout the United States as well as internationally. A Grammy Award winner, her many recordings for DRG Records include: Barbara Cook: Live From London, Oscar Winners: The Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein, All I Ask Of You, The Champion Season: A Salute to Gower Champion, Mostly Sondheim, Barbara Cook's Broadway, the Grammy nominated Count Your Blessings, Tribute, the live performance cd, Barbara Cook at the Met, No One Is Alone and Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder, the boxed set The Essential Barbara Cook and Cheek to Cheek, and the live performance cd of her concert with Michael Feinstein at Feinstein's at the Regency and You Make Me Feel So Young, and her most recent recording Loverman.
Music Director Ted Rosenthal has performed worldwide as a soloist, leader and sideman with many jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, James Moody and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Winner of the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Rosenthal has released twelve CDs as a leader; his latest, "Impromptu," features jazz reimaginings of classical themes. His solo album, The 3 B's received four stars from DownBeat magazine. He has also been a featured soloist with orchestras including the Detroit and Fort Worth Symphonies, and the Boston Pops. Rosenthal is Artistic Director of Jazz at Dicapo, a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, and a published author. A recipient of three NEA grants, Rosenthal composes jazz tunes and large-scale works, including music for Uptown for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Website: www.tedrosenthal.com.