Barbara Cook Comes to The Wallis for One Performance Only Tonight
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts ("The Wallis") announces theater icon Barbara Cook for a single performance tonight, March 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm in the Bram Goldsmith Theater. This event completes The Wallis' concert series of Broadway legends, which also features Patti LuPone (two sold-out performances on February 12 and 13) and Betty Buckley (January 24).
With a career spanning decades and an unmatched list of accolades -- including Kennedy Center Honors and Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk awards -- Barbara Cook is beloved for her legendary performances in the premiere production of The Music Man and lauded revivals of Oklahoma! and Carousel. The first female pop singer ever to perform a solo concert at the Metropolitan Opera, the silvery soprano arrives at The Wallis to show once more why she is "the greatest singer in the world" (Financial Times).
Patricia Wolff, Interim Artistic Director of The Wallis, said, "We're truly honored to welcome musical icon Barbara Cook to The Wallis for a dynamic evening of song. In the space of two months, we'll have the pleasure of welcoming three of the most prolific female Broadway performers of all time to our theater: Ms. Cook, Patti LuPone and Betty Buckley. We're blessed that these women, who have so much living history and artistry among them, are all gracing our stage."
Tickets for Barbara Cook, and for Betty Buckley, are available at www.thewallis.org or by calling 310-746-4000 or in person at The Wallis Ticket Services located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
About Barbara Cook - Barbara Cook is the recipient of a 2011 Kennedy Center Honor. She earned rave reviews and a Tony Award nomination in 2010 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 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 another concert, Mostly Sondheim.
A leading star of the Broadway stage during the 1950s and 1960s, 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 as well as cabarets throughout the United States and 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, 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 her most recent recording, Loverman.
About The Wallis - Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, California, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (aka "The Wallis") brings audiences world-class theater, dance and music, performed by many of the world's most talented and sought-after artists. With eclectic programming that mirrors the diverse landscape of Los Angeles, and its notability as the entertainment capital of the world, The Wallis offers original and revered works from across the US and around the globe. This fall marks The Wallis' second season, which also includes its prestigious "Arts& Ideas" series, conversations with guests from the realms of culture, literature and politics. Housed in a breathtaking 70,000-square-foot venue designed by Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA of Studio Pali Fekete architects, The Wallis celebrates the classic and the modern. This is reflected in the juxtaposition of the restored, original 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office (on the National Register of Historic Places) that serves as the theater's dramatic yet welcoming lobby, and houses the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater, as well as a theater school for young people, and the contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Bram Goldsmith Theater. Together, these two structures embrace the city's history and its future, creating a performing arts destination for LA-area visitors and residents alike.
Photo by Denise Winters.