Barbara Cook

Birth Place: Atlanta, GA, USA

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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.

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Barbara Cook 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


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Robert Klein and Julie Gold Among The 14 Honorees At The 39th Annual BISTRO AWARDS GALA

Celebrate the musical and comedy artistry of Robert Klein, Julie Gold, and more at the 39th Annual Bistro Awards Gala on April 1 at Gotham Comedy Club. Hosted by Steve Hayes, the event honors exceptional artists with performances and special awards.

Ben Fankhauser and Lee Harrington to Lead Gulfshore Playhouse's SHE LOVES ME - Full Cast Announced!

Gulfshore Playhouse has announced the cast of 'She Loves Me,' set to open in March 2024.

Review: MUSINGS THROUGH MUSIC is a Perfect Evening with Audra McDonald and Andy Einhorn at 92nd Street Y

Audra McDonald is generally listed among the best voices to have ever graced a Broadway stage. She frequently teaches master classes where she passes along the discipline and seriousness of purpose that have made her one of America’s premiere performers.

Carnegie Hall Celebrates Steve & Eydie This Valentine's Day

This Valentine’s Day, Carnegie Hall will celebrate the iconic husband-and-wife singing duo, Steve & Eydie. Learn more about the upcoming event and find out how to attend here!

Performers Jim Caruso & Matt Baker Return To The Legendary Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

PERFORMERS JIM CARUSO & MATT BAKER return to Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel on Sundays from 9pm - Midnight starting Sunday, February 11, 2024. Join them for an evening of swinging standards and special guest performances. Don't miss this legendary show!

Feature: Monthly 'Birthday' Salute. We cheer influential cabaret artist MABEL MERCER, born in February 1900.

The art of classic cabaret – personalized, intimate singing that brings out the lyric was epitomized by this influential, elegant performer. Although this year marks 40 years since her passing, she is still spoken of in reverential tones. She's the choice as honoree for someone born in February...Mabel Mercer.

Review: Audra McDonald in Concert with The National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Audra McDonald has (at least) four voices--Broadway, jazz, opera, blues--not to mention six Tonys. She brought them all (the voices, not the awards) to her two hour concert with the National Symphony Pops which repeats Wednesday evening, January 31.

Michael McAssey To Return To The Gateway Playhouse This Month for Piano Bar Evening

Michael McAssey returns to the Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point, NJ for a piano bar evening on January 25th.

Video: The Best of Broadway at the Kennedy Center Honors

The 46th Annual Kennedy Center Honors are coming up and we are celebrating the special occasion with some of our favorite videos of past Broadway performances. Check out the full list!

Photos: Shana Farr Presents BERNSTEIN TO SONDHEIM: THE BARBARA COOK SONGBOOK at Urban Stages

Conor Weiss captures cabaret artist Shana Farr in the act at Urban Stages.

A TOAST TO STEVE & EYDIE Starring David Lawrence & Debbie Gravitte to be Presented at Carnegie Hall

Join David Lawrence and Debbie Gravitte for 'A Toast to Steve & Eydie' at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall. A celebration of the iconic duo's music and legacy.

22 Theater Books for Your Winter 2024 Reading List

The weather outside might still be frightful for a while, but what better time to stay in and snuggle up with a great Broadway read? Check out our complete Winter 2024 reading list!

Jim Caruso and Matt Baker Come to the Wallace Hotel Next Week

For one night only, singer Jim Caruso and pianist/singer Matt Baker will croon the night away at the new Lounge at The Wallace Hotel on the Upper West Side in New York City.  The two performers will entertain with an evening of swinging standards on Wednesday, November 22 from 7pm – 10pm.  Reservations may be made on Resy.

Matthew Scott's Brings His Touching Show THE JESUS YEAR: A LETTER FROM MY DAD to The Blue Strawberry on November 18th

On Saturday, November 18th, The Blue Strawberry Showroom and Lounge welcomes Matthew Scott for an evening of music and stories with his cabaret show “The Jesus Year: A Letter From My Dad.” Critics have called Scott’s show “Miraculous musical storytelling.” A veteran of Broadway and Regional Theatre, Scott has worked alongside some of the biggest names in theatre and was hand-picked by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine for their production of SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM with Barbara Cook and Vanessa Williams. In addition, he was in the original Broadway company of Jersey Boys and performed in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS on Broadway and with the National Tour. 

Birdland to Present 14th Annual A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS This Holiday Season

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present the 14th Annual “A Swinging Birdland Christmas” for five performances from Thursday, December 21 to Monday, December 25 at 5:30 PM.

Urban Stages to Present 15th Annual WINTER RHYTHMS Featuring 22 Shows and Over 100 Performers

Join Urban Stages for the 15th Annual WINTER RHYTHMS 2023, featuring 22 shows, over 11 days, and more than 100 performers. From cabaret to jazz and everything in between, this award-winning series is a must-see event for music and performance lovers. Don't miss out on this spectacular showcase!

Michael Feinstein to Launch Center Theatre Group Residency With COMING HOME: THE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

After almost two decades away from the Mark Taper Forum, the incomparable Michael Feinstein returns with a Center Theatre Group residency under the banner of Feinstein’s at the Taper on Sunday, December 3 at 7 p.m. with Michael Feinstein in “Coming Home: The Holiday Celebration.” 

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld October 25th, 2023

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is October 25, 2023 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG: A [Backwards] History of Old Friends

Go inside the complete history of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along, playing at Broadway's Hudson Theatre now!

Interview: Dorian Woodruff of THE LYRICS OF ALAN AND MARILYN BERGMAN at Pangea

The renowned singer and musician will return with his Bergman tribute show October 24th and December 9th.

Barbara Cook FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Barbara Cook has appeared on Broadway in 24 shows.

Barbara Cook has appeared on London's West End in 2 shows.

Barbara Cook's first West End show was Barbara Cook: Wait ‘Til You See Her which opened in 1986

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

Barbara Cook has won several awards throughout her career. These include the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre from the Drama League Awards, the Outstanding Solo Performance from the Drama Desk Awards for her show Barbara Cook's Broadway, a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, another Outstanding Solo Performance from the Drama Desk Awards for Mostly Sondheim, and an Outstanding One Person Show from the Drama Desk Awards for A Concert for the Theatre. She also won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for her role in The Music Man, and received a Performance award from the Theatre World Awards for Plain and Fancy.

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