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Jonathan Tunick Welcomes Barbara Cook as Special Guest 11/24 at Birdland

Jim Caruso's Cast Party will present orchestrator, musical director and composer Jonathan Tunick in concert, as part of the Nightlife Award-winning series Broadway at Birdland. The event will take place on Monday, November 24 at 7pm.

Winner of the Oscar, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Awards, Jonathan Tunick brings back the sound of the big bands with the debut performance of The Broadway Moonlighters, featuring New York's finest musicians and a very special Broadway superstar guest you will not want to miss!

Wait no more to found out who the superstar will be, because BroadwayWorld has learned that the special surprise guest will be beloved stage icon Barbara Cook.    

Tunick is also celebrating his induction into the 2009 Theatre Hall of Fame!

Jonathan Tunick won the Academy Award for Best Music, Best Original Song Score and Best Adaption for the film "A Little Night Music." He won the Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for Titanic, a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement for "No One Is Alone," performed by Cleo Lane, and an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction for "Night of 100 Stars."

Barbara Cook will be releasing her new DRG Records release, Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder, on November 11th, 2008. 

Accompanying Ms. Cook on this, her 14th album for DRG, is new musical director/arranger Lee Musiker, along with bassist Pete Johnson, percussionist/drummer, Jim Saporito, and on woodwinds, Lawrence Feldman.  Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder features classics such as " Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder," the standard "Old Devil Moon" and pop hits "For All We Know" and "Lucky To Be Me." The album was produced by DRG President and Grammy-award winner Hugh Fordin.   

This beloved singer, one of the glories of Broadway in so many fondly remembered shows, is still dazzling audiences today, with a voice remarkably unchanged after a career of more than five decades. Considered "Broadway's favorite ingénue" during the heyday of the Broadway musical, Miss Cook then launched a second career as a concert and cabaret artist soaring from one professional peak to another.  Throughout her career her singing has attracted generations of fans, and the admiration of her peers and colleagues, from the world of both popular and classical music. 

Whether on the stages of major international venues throughout the world or in the intimate setting of New York's Café Carlyle, Barbara Cook's popularity continues to thrive - as evidenced by having her own evening at the Metropolitan Opera House  on January 21, 2006.  The first female non-classical singer to be presented by the Met during their long history. In addition to countless Carnegie Hall solo engagements,, and an ever-growing mantle of honors including the Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, her citation as a Living New York Landmark and her induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame.     


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