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Barbara Cook

 
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 (94)

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)

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

Photos

A Celebration of Barbara Cook Photo

A Celebration of Barbara Cook

From: 
Date:
06/17/2018
Barbara Cook Photo

Barbara Cook

From: 
Date:
06/17/2018
Barbara Cook attending the Broadway Opening Night After Party for SONDHEIM on SONDHEI Photo

Barbara Cook attending the Broadway Opening Night After Party for SONDHEIM on SONDHEIM at Studio 54 in New York City. April 22, 2010

From: 
Date:
01/01/2018
Broadway Dims The Lights In Memory of Barbara Cook  Photo

Broadway Dims The Lights In Memory of Barbara Cook

From: 
Date:
08/09/2017
Broadway Dims The Lights In Memory of Barbara Cook Photo

Broadway Dims The Lights In Memory of Barbara Cook

From: 
Date:
08/09/2017

 

Stage

Performances
  [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

Review: Caitie Frownfelter Is Pitch Pefect In SHOW ME: SONGS FROM BROADWAY'S GOLDEN A Photo Review: Caitie Frownfelter Is Pitch Pefect In SHOW ME: SONGS FROM BROADWAY'S GOLDEN AGE at Birdland Theater
by Stephen Mosher - Jun 29, 2022

Singing actress Caitie Frownfelter pays tribute to the Golden Age of Broadway and her Grandma with her nightclub debut.

Ken Fallin Draws the Stage - CHAINS Photo Ken Fallin Draws the Stage - CHAINS
by Ken Fallin - Jun 24, 2022

Check out Ken Fallin's latest caricature of Jeremy Beck, Laakan McHardy, Claire Saunders, Anthony Cochrane, and Peter Townsend in Mint Theater Company's production of Chains.

CARRY ON! Comes to Don't Tell Mama This Month Photo CARRY ON! Comes to Don't Tell Mama This Month
by Stephi Wild - Jun 17, 2022

Carry On!, starring Cindy Firing and Josephine Sanges comes to Don't Tell Mama this month! The performance is directed by Marshall Mays with Musical Director John M. Cook.

New York City Center Encores! 2023 Season Will Include THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA with R Photo New York City Center Encores! 2023 Season Will Include THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA with Ruthie Ann Miles, OLIVER! and DEAR WORLD with Donna Murphy
by Team BWW - Jun 14, 2022

Full programming for New York City Center‚Äôs 2022 ‚Äď 2023 Season was announced, including Adam Guettel‚Äôs Tony Award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza, Jerry Herman‚Äôs 1969 musical Dear World and Lionel Bart‚Äôs Oliver! See the full schedules and how to get tickets!

Ken Fallin Draws the Stage - JANE ANGER Photo Ken Fallin Draws the Stage - JANE ANGER
by Ken Fallin - Jun 14, 2022

Check out Ken Fallin's latest caricature of Michael Urie, Ryan Spahn, Amelia Workman, and Talene Monahon in Jane Anger.

Ken Fallin Draws the Stage - MR. PARKER Photo Ken Fallin Draws the Stage - MR. PARKER
by Ken Fallin - Jun 10, 2022

Check out Ken Fallin's latest caricature of Davi Santos, Mia Matthews, and Derek Smith in Michael McKeever's Mr. Parker.

Ken Fallin Draws the Stage - Special Tony Award Winner Angela Lansbury Photo Ken Fallin Draws the Stage - Special Tony Award Winner Angela Lansbury
by Ken Fallin - Jun 8, 2022

Check out Ken Fallin's latest caricature of Angela Lansbury, who on Sunday night will receive a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

BWW Review: Tony Award-Winner Stephanie J. Block at The Venetian Room Photo BWW Review: Tony Award-Winner Stephanie J. Block at The Venetian Room
by Steve Murray - Jun 6, 2022

Three years in the making due to the COVID pandemic, Stephanie Block got her opportunity to showcase her considerable talent and share her congenial and personal anecdotes through a repertoire that bridged her meteoric career and personal mentors.

Singer-Songwriters Anya Turner And Robert Grusecki Celebrate Their New CD At Don't Te Photo Singer-Songwriters Anya Turner And Robert Grusecki Celebrate Their New CD At Don't Tell Mama, May 29
by A.A. Cristi - May 20, 2022

Off-Broadway and cabaret singer-songwriters Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki have issued their eighth studio album, In This Raggedy Time, which they'll celebrate at Don't Tell Mama on Sunday, May 29; Saturday, June 18; and Tuesday July 19, all at 7 PM.

Micaela Diamond and Ben Platt to Star in PARADE at New York City Center, Directed by  Photo Micaela Diamond and Ben Platt to Star in PARADE at New York City Center, Directed by Michael Arden
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 17, 2022

New York City Center today announced the Annual Gala Presentation for the 2022 - 2023 season will be a production of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's 1998 Tony Award‚Äźwinning musical Parade. Get the scoop on who is in the show and how to get tickets!

Barbara Cook Videos

BWW TV: Cabaret Corner with John Bucchino VideoBWW 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 VideoVIDEO: 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 VideoVIDEO: 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 VideoVIDEO: 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 VideoBWW 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 VideoTheater 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 VideoVIDEO: 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 VideoSocial 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.