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Barbara Cook's Broadway!
     

Barbara Cook's Broadway!

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by Barbara Cook
 
As of 2004, 76-year-old Barbara Cook was 30 years into her second career as a nightclub and concert performer. Her first career, as a musical comedy performer, had run for the preceding 26 years, dating back to her arrival in New York in 1948 at age 20. Barbara Cook's Broadway!, which ran during the spring of 2004 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in Lincoln Center, was

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As of 2004, 76-year-old Barbara Cook was 30 years into her second career as a nightclub and concert performer. Her first career, as a musical comedy performer, had run for the preceding 26 years, dating back to her arrival in New York in 1948 at age 20. Barbara Cook's Broadway!, which ran during the spring of 2004 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in Lincoln Center, was in some ways a musical autobiography for the performer, who described her career to the audience, touching upon many of the shows in which she had appeared and singing songs from them, notably "Till There Was You" from The Music Man (she was in the original production), "Mister Snow" from Carousel (she was in several revivals), "In Buddy's Eyes" from Follies (she was in a concert version), and four songs from She Loves Me (she was in the original production). But Cook did not restrict her song choices to shows she did on-stage. Rather, she surveyed the Broadway musicals of the 1940s, '50s, '60s, and '70s for songs that traced her journey, reflected on her maturity, or were just songs she liked and hadn't done before. Age was the subject of such selections as "It's Not Where You Start" (from Seesaw), "Among My Yesterdays" (from The Happy Time), and "Wait Till We're Sixty-Five" (from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever). There was a middle section devoted to love songs, often of an unusual nature, such as "(It's) A Perfect Relationship" from Bells Are Ringing and "The Gentleman Is a Dope" from Allegro, leading up to the She Loves Me medley. And Cook closed the show with an increasingly dark section, including a medley of Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do?" and what she appropriately called perhaps Jerry Herman's best song, "Time Heals Everything." By the time she got to "The Party's Over" from Bells Are Ringing, the set had taken an unflinching look at death. But as usual, Cook's stage remarks were amusing and entertaining, so the show was never maudlin. And, as usual, even in her eighth decade, she was a wonderful singer, retaining much of her vocal quality along with a veteran's sense of interpretation and presentation. Barbara Cook's Broadway! had a valedictory quality, suggesting it was the singer's concluding look at her career and the music of her era. If so, it was a fitting capper to that career, as accomplished as any of her previous efforts.

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Melissa Rose Bernardo
Cook may be 76, but that voice is positively ageless. (A)

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471148428
catalogNumber:
91484

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbara Cook   Primary Artist
Wally Harper   Piano
Peter Donovan   Bass

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Sheldon Harnick   Composer
Jerry Herman   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Jerry Bock   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Hugh Fordin   Producer
Adolph Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Meredith Willson   Composer
David Zippel   Composer
Cynthia Daniels   Engineer,Liner Note Producer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Wally Harper   Arranger,Music Direction
Fred Ebb   Composer
Graciela Daniele   Creative Consultant
Jim Luigs   Composer
Charles Isherwood   Liner Notes

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3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you saw this show at NY's Lincoln Center, you will be amazed at how perfectly the producers of the CD captured Ms. Cook's performance for posterity. If you did not see the show, you will feel as if you are there in the audience and in the palm of Ms. Cook's hand. Also listen and appreciate the accompaniment of Wally Harper, who sadly, died after the CD was released. A big loss for Ms. Cook and her fans, but this CD, in addition to being a great showcase for Ms. Cook's talents, turns out to be a wonderful tribute to Mr. Harper's as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago