Photo Coverage: National Arts Club Honors Barbara Cook

By: Jan. 12, 2007
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Legendary Broadway soprano Barbara Cook was presented by the National Arts Club with this year's Medal of Honor.

The award was given to Cook by the Music Committee and the Theatre/Drama Committee of the National Arts Club on January 11th at 6:30 PM at the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South).  The National Arts Club aims to "stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts and educate the American people in the fine arts."  It was founded in 1898 by literary and art critic Charles de Kay.

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."

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Barbara Cook

Tammy Grimes, KT Sullivan and Joel Vig

KT Sullivan and David Zippel

David Zippel, KT Sullivan, Sheldon Harnick and Margery Harnick

Sheldon Harnick and Margery Harnick

KT Sullivan, Mark Nadler, Barbara Cook and Harvey Evans

Barbara Cook and Donna McKechnie

Richard DeRosa, Barbara Cook and Harvey Evans

Barbara Cook and Mike Wallace

Barbara Cook and Mike Wallace

Barbara Cook and David Lewis

Mike Wallace and Tammy Grimes

Camille Lavington, Mike Wallace and Tammy Grimes

Barbara Cook and O. Aldon James Jr. (President of the National Arts Club)

Glenn Connolly and Barbara Cook

Ben Rimalower and Barbara Cook

Donna McKechnie and Jane Summerhays