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Barbara Cook

 
Date Of Birth:
October 25, 1927 (95)
Birth Place:
Atlanta, GA, USA
Bio:
Barbara Cook was an American actress and singer. She starred in the original Broadway musicals Plain and Fancy, Candide, and The Music Man among others. She won a Tony Award for The Music Man. She was particularly admired for her vocal agility, wide range, warm sound, and emotive interpretations. ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: October 25, 1927 (95)

Birth Place: Atlanta, GA, USA

Bio:
Barbara Cook was an American actress and singer. She starred in the original Broadway musicals Plain and Fancy, Candide, and The Music Man among others. She won a Tony Award for The Music Man. She was particularly admired for her vocal agility, wide range, warm sound, and emotive interpretations. ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Roundabout Production, 2010
Performer
  [Broadway]
Stephen Sondheim Tribute Benefit, 2005
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Concert [Off-Broadway], 2004
Performer
  [West End]
Concert [West End], 2004
Performer
  [Broadway]
Concert [Broadway], 2004
Performer
  [Broadway]
Richard Rodgers 100th Birthday Celebration, 2002
"It Might as Well Be Spring" Performer
"A Wonderful Guy" Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2002
Performer
  [Broadway]
Concert (Lincoln Center Theater), 2001
Performer
  [Broadway]
Angela Lansbury Tribute Benefit, 1996
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1988
Margaret White [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Concert [Broadway], 1987
Performer
  [West End]
Concert [West End], 1986
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
New York Concert, 1985
Sally Durant Plummer
  [Off-Broadway]
Concert [Off-Broadway], 1980
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Concert [Off-Broadway], 1975
Performer
  [Broadway]
1972
Kleopatra
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1971
Dolly Talbo
  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1971
Performer
  [Broadway]
1967
Patsy Newquist
  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 1966
Magnolia
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1964
Carol Deems
  [Broadway]
1964
Ellen Gordon [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1963
Amalia Balash
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1961
Liesl Brandel
  [Off-Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1960
Anna Leonowens
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1957
Marian Paroo
  [Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1957
Julie Jordan
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1956
Cunegonde
Scrub Lady
Cunegonde/Scrub Lady
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1955
Hilda Miller
Hilda Miller
  [Broadway]
Unknown, 1954
Carrie Pipperidge
  [Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 1953
Ado Annie Carnes
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1951
Sandy
  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1972
Performer

Barbara Cook Biography

Barbara Cook was an American actress and singer. She starred in the original Broadway musicals Plain and Fancy, Candide, and The Music Man among others. She won a Tony Award for The Music Man. She was particularly admired for her vocal agility, wide range, warm sound, and emotive interpretations. Cook was widely recognized as one of the "premier interpreters" of musical theatre songs and standards, in particular the songs of composer Stephen Sondheim.

Barbara Cook Awards and Nominations

 
Drama League Awards - 2014 - Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Gold Star
Barbara Cook
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Barbara Coo, Sondheim on Sondheim
 
Tony Awards - 2010 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Barbara Cook, Sondheim on Sondheim
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Solo Performance Gold Star
Barbara Cook, Barbara Cook's Broadway
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2004 - Special Citation Gold Star
Barbara Cook
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production
Barbara CookMostly Sondheim
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Solo Performance Gold Star
Barbara Cook, Mostly Sondheim
 
Olivier Awards - 2002 - Best Actress in a Musical or Entertainment
Barbara CookBarbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim
 
Olivier Awards - 2002 - Best Entertainment
Barbara CookSings Mostly Sondheim
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1987 - Outstanding One Person Show Gold Star
Barbara Cook, A Concert for the Theatre
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1986 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Touring Production or Prior to New York
Barbara CookBarbara Cook -- A Broadway Evening
 
Olivier Awards - 1986 - The Observer Award for Outstanding Achievement
Barbara Cook
 
Tony Awards - 1958 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Gold Star
Barbara Cook, The Music Man
 
Theatre World Awards - 1955 - Performance Gold Star
Barbara Cook, Plain and Fancy

Barbara Cook News

Vintage Theatre Productions Presents The Return Of WHO'S HOLIDAY Next Month Photo Vintage Theatre Productions Presents The Return Of WHO'S HOLIDAY Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Nov 18, 2022

Vintage Theatre Productions presents the return of the hilarious (and very adult) ‚ÄúWho's Holiday‚ÄĚ December 5 - 31.

New York City Center to Livestream Sold-Out STUDIO 5 Event MR. B: GEORGE BALANCHINE'S Photo New York City Center to Livestream Sold-Out STUDIO 5 Event MR. B: GEORGE BALANCHINE'S 21ST CENTURY
by Blair Ingenthron - Nov 12, 2022

New York City Center's sold-out Studio 5 event on Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30pm will be available for free via livestream and on-demand for two weeks (through November 28). Celebrating the launch of her new book Mr. B: George Balanchine's 20th Century, author Jennifer Homans (Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet) sits down with Alastair Macaulay, and Lourdes Lopez, for an evening of conversation and performance excerpts from Balanchine's Agon and The Four Temperaments, featuring New York City Ballet dancers Gilbert Bolden III, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Emilie Gerrity, and Miriam Miller, accompanied by pianist Elaine Chelton.

Memorial Celebration for Max Woodward to Take Place at the Kennedy Center This Month Photo Memorial Celebration for Max Woodward to Take Place at the Kennedy Center This Month
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 11, 2022

A salute to Max Woodward will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on Monday November 21, 2022 at 3:00PM. Woodward, who went to work at Kennedy Center the week it opened and retired after forty-five years as Vice-President of Theater Programming, died on October 14, 2022 in Washington, D.C.

Hong Kong Ballet to Present US Premiere of ROMEO + JULIET at New York City Center Photo Hong Kong Ballet to Present US Premiere of ROMEO + JULIET at New York City Center
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 7, 2022

Hong Kong Ballet will present the U.S. Premiere of Romeo + Juliet on Friday, January 13 at 8pm and Saturday, January 14 at 2pm at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th Street.

Shoshana Bean, Lilli Cooper, Jared Grimes & Christine Pedi Join Lineup for 30th Oscar Photo Shoshana Bean, Lilli Cooper, Jared Grimes & Christine Pedi Join Lineup for 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 7, 2022

Shoshana Bean, Lilli Cooper, Jared Grimes and Christine Pedi have joined the roster of performers for a concert celebration at the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala, which will honor musical theater legend Leslie Uggams with the 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater, which will be presented by Dionne Warwick. 

Theatre West to Present WINTER WISHES - A HOLIDAY CABARET THEATRE in December Photo Theatre West to Present WINTER WISHES - A HOLIDAY CABARET THEATRE in December
by Blair Ingenthron - Nov 5, 2022

Theatre West will present Winter Wishes: A Holiday Cabaret Theatre December 2- December 11, 2022, Friday and Saturday at 8:00, and Sunday at 2:00pm. The performances will be held at Theatre West. Tickets are $35 in advance, and $40 at the door.

Review: MICHAEL SINGS ELTON Provides Chelsea Table + Stage Audience With A Solid Mich Photo Review: MICHAEL SINGS ELTON Provides Chelsea Table + Stage Audience With A Solid Michael Sobie Set
by Stephen Mosher - Oct 27, 2022

With pleasing vocals and excellent musicianship, Michael Sobie explores some of his favorite Sir Elton.

Broadway Inspirational Voices, Dionne Warwick & More to Join 2022 Oscar Hammerstein A Photo Broadway Inspirational Voices, Dionne Warwick & More to Join 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 26, 2022

The York Theatre Company has announced the roster of performers for a concert celebration at the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala, which will take place on Monday evening, November 14, 2022 at The Edison Rooftop.

Shana Farr to Present Three Performances of DREAM REALITY at The Laurie Beechman Thea Photo Shana Farr to Present Three Performances of DREAM REALITY at The Laurie Beechman Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 11, 2022

  Multi award-winning performer Shana Farr will return to The Laurie Beechman Theatre on October 12, 20, and November 7 at 7pm with a new, one-woman show that explores dreams and faces reality.

Album Review: THE MUSIC MAN (THE 2022 BROADWAY CAST RECORDING) Is A New Kind Of MUSIC Photo Album Review: THE MUSIC MAN (THE 2022 BROADWAY CAST RECORDING) Is A New Kind Of MUSIC MAN For A New Generation… Kind Of
by Bobby Patrick - Oct 6, 2022

The additional track of the cut barbershop quartet song, IT’S YOU is a real bonus and so is the extra extended cut of Jackman and Shuler Hensley’s clowning fun on THE SADDER BUT WISER GIRL FOR ME.

Barbara Cook Videos

BWW TV: Cabaret Corner with John Bucchino Videoplay
BWW TV: Cabaret Corner with John Bucchino

by Ari Axelrod - May 28, 2020

Welcome to 'Cabaret Corner', a series devoted to having meaningful conversations with change-making cabaret artists.

VIDEO: Get a Sneak Peek of Laura Osnes in Hallmark's A HOMECOMING FOR THE HOLIDAYS Videoplay
VIDEO: Get a Sneak Peek of Laura Osnes in Hallmark's A HOMECOMING FOR THE HOLIDAYS

by Stage Tube - Nov 17, 2019

Laura Osnes will star in the new Hallmark holiday film, A Homecoming For the Holidays, alongside Stephen Huszar.

VIDEO: Jake Gyllenhaal, Victoria Clark & More Celebrate 75 Years of City Center Videoplay
VIDEO: Jake Gyllenhaal, Victoria Clark & More Celebrate 75 Years of City Center

by Stage Tube - Dec 12, 2018

City Center alumni Jake Gyllenhaal, Norm Lewis, Victoria Clark, Vanessa Williams and more are helping the historic institution to celebrate 75 years at the center of the arts. Check out a history of City Center below!

VIDEO: Chita Rivera, Andy Karl and More Perform 'Somewhere' at Olivier Awards Videoplay
VIDEO: Chita Rivera, Andy Karl and More Perform 'Somewhere' at Olivier Awards

by Stage Tube - Apr 10, 2018

We've lost many a theatre artist this past year, from actress Barbara Cook to playwright Sam Shepard. The Society of London Theatre, with the help of Chita Rivera, Andy Karl, and Adam Bernard, paid tribute to those who've made contributions to the world of theatre in their 'In Memoriam' segment at Sunday's Olivier Awards broadcast. 

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones on Stage Together One Last Time Videoplay
BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones on Stage Together One Last Time

by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 1, 2018

As magical as the evening was, after Freddie Gershon gave an impassioned presentation to the duo, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones hit the stage and brought the house down at ages 88 and 89 respectively. They joined forces onstage to perform a song from their musical The Bone Room, described by Jones as being about 'the pleasures of dying and being embalmed in this great country of ours.' Below, watch as they perform together for the last time. BWW feels privileged to share with you a bit of highlights of these two legends together before a rapt and ecstatic audience who precded to shower them with a (well deserved) standing ovation... RIP Harvey Schmidt. 

Theater Talk: Flashback with the Great Barbara Cook Videoplay
Theater Talk: Flashback with the Great Barbara Cook

by Theater Talk - Aug 16, 2017

In this episode of THEATER TALK, Barbara Cook (1927-2017) discusses her break-out starring role as Marian, the Librarian, in the original 1957 Broadway production of THE MUSIC MAN (taped April 21, 2000).

VIDEO: Watch Broadway Tribute the Late Barbara Cook at the Kennedy Center Honors Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Broadway Tribute the Late Barbara Cook at the Kennedy Center Honors

by Stage Tube - Aug 8, 2017

Below, watch as Broadway greats Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Kelli O'Hara, Glenn Close, Sutton Foster, Rebecca Luker, and Laura Osnes tribute Cook with a medley of her best known songs at the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors. 

Social Roundup: Broadway Mourns the Passing of Barbara Cook Videoplay
Social Roundup: Broadway Mourns the Passing of Barbara Cook

by Alan Henry - Aug 8, 2017

BroadwayWorld was deeply saddened to report the passing of legendary performer Barbara Cook. This is an enormous loss for Broadway, the golden age of television and the music world.

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Ogunquit's PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
by Stage Tube - Aug 19, 2016

Get your glitter on and take the ride of your life with the hilarious and heartwarming Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the Oscar-winning film on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse August 10 to September 3.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

From the BroadwayWorld Vaults: Relive the Magic of SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 3, 2016

In honor of Throwback Thursday, BroadwayWorld is celebrating the past with a new series that will take you back in time with some of our favorite vintage video features. That's right- we are opening up the BroadwayWorld Vaults to reminisce on shows are long gone from the Broadway-scene, but have left an indelible mark on the world of theatre as a whole. Today, we bring you a vintage video from 2010. Relive the magic of SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM below!


Barbara Cook Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Barbara Cook been in?
Barbara Cook has appeared on Broadway in 24 shows.

How many West End shows has Barbara Cook been in?
Barbara Cook has appeared on London's West End in 2 shows.

What was Barbara Cook's first West End show?
Barbara Cook's first West End show was Barbara Cook: Wait ‚ÄėTil You See Her which opened in 1986

What awards has Barbara Cook been nominated for?
Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre (Drama League Awards) , Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Sondheim on Sondheim , Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sondheim on Sondheim , Outstanding Solo Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Barbara Cook's Broadway , Special Citation (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for , Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Mostly Sondheim , Outstanding Solo Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Mostly Sondheim , Best Actress in a Musical or Entertainment (Olivier Awards) for Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim , Best Entertainment (Olivier Awards) for Sings Mostly Sondheim , Outstanding One Person Show (Drama Desk Awards) for A Concert for the Theatre , Outstanding Lead Actress, Touring Production or Prior to New York (Helen Hayes Awards) for Barbara Cook -- A Broadway Evening , The Observer Award for Outstanding Achievement (Olivier Awards) Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Music Man and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Plain and Fancy .

What awards has Barbara Cook won?
Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre (Drama League Awards), Outstanding Solo Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Barbara Cook's Broadway, Special Citation (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for , Outstanding Solo Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Mostly Sondheim, Outstanding One Person Show (Drama Desk Awards) for A Concert for the Theatre Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Music Manand Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Plain and Fancy.