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Barbara Cook

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A singer having a warm, light soprano, Barbara Make became an effective Broadway music performer in the 1950s and ’60s. Within the ’70s, she relocated mainly into cabaret performing, of which she was similarly effective. Created Barbara Nell in Atlanta, GA, on Oct 25, 1927, she required an early desire for singing and made an appearance in kiddie displays as a kid. At 14, she gained the ten-dollar award at an amateur-night competition on the Roxy Theater in Atlanta, performing “My Devotion.” In Feb 1948, associated with her mom, she transferred to NY to pursue a profession in musical movie theater. The composer Vernon Duke, after hearing her sing at an audition, suggested that she perform at Camp Tamiment, a summer months resort within the Poconos, and in the summertime of 1950 she was noticed there by Potential Gordon, who along with his partner Herbert Jacoby went the Blue Angel nightclub in NY. She produced her professional debut on the Blue Angel quickly thereafter. Because of this, in 1951 she was ensemble within a highlighted function in Flahooley, a Broadway musical with music compiled by Sammy Fain and E.Con. Harburg . It opened up May 14, 1951, and shut after just 40 shows on June 17. Nonetheless it was documented for a genuine Broadway cast record by Capitol Information, Cook’s documenting debut. Following the shutting of Flahooley, Make took another booking in the Blue Angel. On March 9, 1952, she wedded acting professional David LeGrant. (They divorced in 1965.) She came back to Broadway inside a revival of Oklahoma!, a restricted engagement at the town Middle, playing the presented part of Ado Annie. It opened up August 31, 1953, and went 40 shows until Oct 3, then continued a nationwide tour. Make returned to NY for another Town Middle revival, that one of Carousel, where she performed the highlighted function of Carrie Pipperidge. It opened up June 2, 1954, and went 79 performances, shutting August 8. Concurrently, Make was acting within the weekday evening tv serial Golden Home windows on NBC, a present that premiered July 5, 1954, and went through Apr 8, 1955. Also in 1954, she made an appearance within a tv creation of Babes in Toyland. All of this exposure resulted in Cook’s presented part in her second fresh Broadway musical, Basic and Nice. It opened up on January 27, 1955, and became popular, running 461 shows before shutting on March 3, 1956. Once again, she made an appearance on the initial Broadway cast recording released by Capitol Information. Next, she made an appearance inside a tv production from the musical Bloomer Woman. Her most renowned work yet arrived later on in 1956 when she was ensemble as Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein’s musical version of Voltaire’s Candide, which needed her to sing the complicated coloratura soprano melody “Glitter and become Homosexual.” The present opened up on Dec 1, 1956, and went only 73 shows, shutting on Feb 2, 1957. But Columbia Information documented a cast record that held the music alive and helped result in revivals in old age. Despite its preliminary failure, Cook’s popularity was only elevated by her participation in the present. She is at a tv creation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Yeoman from the Guard and then made an appearance on-stage in another Town Middle revival of Carousel, this time around playing the best part of Julie Jordan. It opened up Sept 11, 1957, and went 24 performances, shutting September 29. Make quickly shifted to her 4th fresh Broadway musical and her most effective, ensemble as Marian the librarian in Meredith Willson’s The Music Guy. Among the longest-running musicals of its time, the present opened up Dec 19, 1957, and performed 1,375 shows, shutting Apr 15, 1961. (Make appeared within it into the springtime of 1959, departing to give delivery to her boy, Adam LeGant, who was raised to become character professional and vocalist.) She sang “Goodnight, My Somebody,” “My White colored Knight,” and “Right up until THERE IS You” on-stage and about the Capitol Information cast recording that topped the graphs for 12 weeks and offered a million copies. She also received the Tony Honor for presented actress inside a musical. (She was, nevertheless, passed more than for the film version and only the established celeb Shirley Jones, rather than developed a film profession.) The stage stardom Make achieved using the Music Man resulted in other possibilities. On Apr 27, 1958, she made an appearance inside a tv musical version of Hansel and Gretel with tunes by Alec Wilder on NBC. MGM Information released a soundtrack recording. The 3rd party label Urania Information signed her to some agreement, and she released two single albums, Tracks of Ideal Propriety (1958), which contains poems by Dorothy Parker established to music, and Barbara Make Sings “Through the Center” (1959), a assortment of Rodgers & Hart tracks. She returned to the level within a Town Middle revival from the Ruler & I, playing the best function of Anna Leonowens. It went 15 shows, between May 11 and 29, 1960. Her 5th appearance in a fresh Broadway musical was included with The Homosexual Life, the tracks for which had been compiled by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz. It opened up November 18, 1961, and shut after 113 shows on Feb 24, 1962. Capitol documented the cast recording, which made the very best 100. In 1962, Make documented a studio-cast recording of Display Vessel on Columbia Information, singing the best function of Magnolia. She got her 6th appearance in a fresh musical with She Loves Me; with tracks by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, She Adores Me opened up on Apr 23, 1963, and went 301 performances, shutting January 11, 1964. MGM Information released the double-LP cast documenting, which made the very best 20. In 1964, she documented another studio-cast recording for Columbia Information, this time time for the score from the Ruler & I. Her seventh fresh Broadway musical, Something Even more!, which had tracks with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Marilyn & Alan Bergman, had a work of just 15 shows between November 10 and 21, 1964, and was under no circumstances documented. Make branched out into nonmusical stage performing in 1965, updating Sandy Denny within the right play Any Thursday on Broadway. She also released an individual known as “Any Thursday” on Summit Information. In the summertime of 1966, she starred inside a Broadway revival of Display Boat made by the Music Theatre of Lincoln Middle. The production experienced a restricted engagement of 64 shows in NY between July 19 and Sept 10, 1966, after that went out on the highway; RCA Victor Information documented a cast recording. Make came back to Broadway within a right play, Jules Feiffer’s Small Murders, which opened up Apr 25, 1967, and ran just weekly (though a following off-Broadway production where she didn’t participate was a lot more effective). She had not been back again on Broadway for another four years, where time she made an appearance in local revivals of musicals such as for example Funny Woman. When she do create her 8th role in a fresh Broadway musical, it had been in The Lawn Harp, which opened up on November 2, 1971, and shut after just seven shows on November 6. (The small Painted Smiles label documented the cast record.) Make acted in another right play, Gorky’s Foes, in 1972. In 1973, she toured within a musical revue known as The Gershwin Years, consisting completely of music compiled by George Gershwin, that didn’t require her to try out a character apart from herself. In her mid-forties, with presents in Broadway musicals drying up, she reassessed her profession and made a decision to go back to nightclub and concert executing. She recognized an present from the tiny supper club Siblings, situated in New York’s theatre district, in the summertime of 1974 and made an appearance with just pianist Wally Harper as accompaniment. (Harper continued to be with her for another 30 years.) The engagement resulted in a link with concert impresario Herbert H. Breslin and, on January 26, 1975, a concert debut at Carnegie Hall, accompanied by such similarly prestigious bookings because the Hollywood Dish as well as the Kennedy Middle, in addition to main nightclubs around the united states. Therefore, she embarked upon a complete new, and similarly effective, stage of her profession. The Carnegie Hall display was documented by Columbia Information and released in 1975 as Cook’s third single album (and initial in 16 years), Barbara Make at Carnegie Hall. She implemented it in 1977 using a studio room LP, Currently. In 1981, her go back to Carnegie Hall was famous over the LP It’s Better using a Music group, released with the Moss GROUP (MMG). On Sept 6, 1985, she acquired a highlighted role inside a concert documenting of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Follies at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Middle. The ensuing RCA Victor dual LP earned the 1986 Grammy Honor for Greatest Musical Cast Display Album. Furthermore to specific concert shows, she sometimes do prolonged engagements billed as one-woman displays. In Sept 1986, she made an appearance in the Western Result in London inside a display titled Wait around ‘Til THE TRUTH IS Her, and on Apr 15, 1987, she performed the to begin 13 shows on the Ambassador Movie theater on Broadway in Barbara Make: A Concert for the Theater. The last mentioned appearance gained her a Play Table Award. Also in 1987, Make participated within a studio-cast documenting of Carousel for MCA Classics, once again singing the best function of Julie Jordan. In 1988, she produced another studio-cast documenting of the musical edition of THE TRICK Backyard, released by Columbia. (This is a completely different work through the musical of the same name with tracks by Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman that reached Broadway in 1991.) Also in 1988, she briefly participated in that which was intended to become her go back to the Broadway stage for the very first time in 17 years when she became a member of the cast of the musical adaptation from the horror book and film Carrie installed with the Royal Shakespeare Business in the uk. She withdrew from your production, nevertheless. (When it reached Broadway in-may, the display shut after five shows.) In Dec 1988, MCA Classics released her first single LP in six years, a assortment of tunes from Walt Disney films known as The Disney Recording. By the first ’90s, Make was carrying out frequently in classy night clubs like the Cafe Carlyle within the Carlyle Resort on Manhattan’s Top East Aspect, where she liked do it again engagements. In 1993, she agreed upon to the theater-oriented indie record label DRG and released her initial solo record in five years, Close as Web pages within a Reserve, a tribute to lyricist Dorothy Areas. In 1994, her tone of voice was heard within the cartoon film musical Thumbelina and on its soundtrack recording, released by SBK Information, and she experienced another DRG solo recording, Live from London. Oscar Winners: The Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II adopted in 1997, and All I Inquire of You in 1999. Another launch on DRG later on in 1999 chronicled her most recent nightclub take action, documented live on the Cafe Carlyle: The Champ Period: A Salute to Gower Champ. In 2000, she was motivated by way of a list published by Stephen Sondheim in the event of his 70th birthday of music he wished he previously created, and she set up a present predicated on it known as Mainly Sondheim, which she performed at Carnegie Hall, where it had been documented for an recording released by DRG in 2001. In 2003, DRG also released a Mainly Sondheim video, chronicling the show’s work in the Kennedy Middle. Also in 2003, DRG released Cook’s Xmas album, Count number Your Blessings. On New Year’s Eve, 2003, at age group 76, she produced her debut in the Metropolitan Opera as a particular guest within the party picture from the last take action from the Merry Widow. Typically, the Metropolitan Opera enables such guests to sing their very own repertoire at these New Year’s Eve displays, and Make performed a brief set comprising “On the Clear Day YOU CAN VIEW Forever”; “AN EXCELLENT Man” from South Pacific; a medley of two of her favorites, Rodgers & Hart’s “He Was As well Good if you ask me” and Sondheim’s “Shedding My Brain”; and, with out a mike, “We’ll Be Collectively Once again.” She sang “splendidly,” based on reviewer Anthony Tommasini of THE BRAND NEW York Times, who added, “That her smooth voice carried therefore really was a testimony to her matchless vocal technique and apparent diction.” Cook’s following one-woman present was titled merely Barbara Cook’s Broadway! and went on the Vivian Beaumont Movie theater in Lincoln Middle in the springtime of 2004; DRG documented it for an record released on, may 25, 2004. Within the retrospective display, she sang tunes from your Music Guy, Carousel, She Loves Me, and Follies, in addition to tunes from shows where she hadn’t appeared. In Oct 2004, her longtime accompanist, Wally Harper, passed away. Her next recording, documented in June 2005 and released on Sept 6, 2005, properly was known as Tribute and was focused on Harper. On January 20, 2006, she came back towards the Metropolitan Opera to provide a concert, associated with guests Audra McDonald and Josh Groban. It had been the very first time the opera home acquired ever hosted a nonclassical female solo vocalist within a full-length concert. DRG documented the present, which was released as Barbara Make on the Met with Particular Guests on June 6, 2006.

Quick Facts


Full Name Barbara Cook
Died August 8, 2017, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Singer, Voice Actor
Nationality American
Spouse David LeGrant
Children Adam LeGrant
Parents Charles Bunyan, Nell Harwell Cook
Awards Kennedy Center Honors, Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, Grammy Hall of Fame, Drama League Award Special Recognition Award - Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre, Theatre World Award, New York Drama Critics' Circle Special Citation
Music Songs Losing My Mind, It's Not Where You Start, My White Knight, In Buddy's Eyes, Glitter And Be Gay, A Wonderful Guy, He Was Too Good to Me, Will He Like Me?, This Nearly Was Mine, All I Ask of You, We'll Be Together Again, Errol Flynn, Too Many Mornings, It's Better With A Band, It Might As Well Be Spring, When You Wish Upon a Star, Sing a Song With Me, Till There Was You, No More Candy, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, I Love a Piano, Loving You, No One Is Alone, In Between Goodbyes, Carolina in the Morning, Time Heals Everything, Wait Till You See Him, Who Are You Now?, Not a Day Goes By / Losing My Mind, April Fooled Me / I'm Way Ahead, Make Our Garden Grow, Why Do I Love You
Albums Mostly Sondheim, Barbara Cook at Carnegie Hall, Songs Of Perfect Propriety, As of Today, The Champion Season, Live From London, Close as Pages in a Book, You Make Me Feel So Young: Live At Feinstein's, Barbara Cook at the Met with Special Guests, Legends of Broadway - Barbara Cook, The Music Man (Original London Cast), All I Ask of You, Barbara Cook's Broadway!, Flahooley, Loverman, Oscar Winners - A Tribute To Oscar Hammerstein Ii, Barbara Cook's Broadway, Tribute, Count Your Blessings, Oscar Winners, It's Better With A Band, The Music Man, The Disney Album, Sings 'From The Heart' - The Best Of Rodgers And Hart, Flahooley (Original Broadway Cast 1951), Little Girl Blue
Nominations Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event, Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production, Laurence Olivier Observer Award for Outstanding Achievement
Movies Spring Fever, Broadway's Best at Pops, Barbara Cook: Mostly Sondheim, Killing 'em Softly
TV Shows Golden Windows


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1 ...until June 13: Studio 54 on Broadway. One of the starring performers in Roundabout Theatre Company's 'Sondheim on Sondheim.' [March 2010]
2 Recipient of the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, along with Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma, Sonny Rollins, and Meryl Streep.
3 Won Broadway's 1958 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for playing Marian in "The Music Man." In 2002, she was nominated in the Special Theatrical Event Category for her show "Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim.".
4 She was nominated for a 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Entertainment for her performance in "Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim" at the Lyric Theatre in London, England.
5 Her show, "Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim", was performed in 2001 at the Lyric Theatre in London, England and was nominated for a 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Entertainment.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Thumbelina 1994 Mother (voice)
The United States Steel Hour 1962 TV Series
Play of the Week 1961 TV Series Lissa
The Chevy Show 1961 TV Series Kitty Malone
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1961 TV Series Kitty Malone
Hansel and Gretel 1958 TV Movie Gretel
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1957 TV Series Barbie Hallem
The Yeoman of the Guard 1957 TV Movie Elsie Maynard
Kraft Theatre 1950-1957 TV Series
Producers' Showcase 1956 TV Series Evelina Applegate
Babes in Toyland 1955 TV Movie Jane Piper
Golden Windows 1954 TV Series Hazel
Armstrong Circle Theatre 1950-1952 TV Series
The Great Merlini 1951 TV Movie Julie Boyde
Studio One in Hollywood 1950 TV Series

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Thumbelina 1994 performer: "Soon" Reprise
In Performance at the White House: A Tribute to American Music - Jerome Kern 1987 TV Movie performer: "Don't Ever Leave Me", "Long Ago and Far Away", "Look for the Silver Lining", "All the Things You Are"
The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1987 TV Special performer: "Till There Was You"
Babes in Toyland 1955 TV Movie performer: "I Can't Do the Sum", "Castle in Spain", "Go to Sleep, Slumber Deep"

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Peege 1973 Short still photographer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: The Next Generation 2018 Documentary filming Herself
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age 2016 Documentary post-production Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors 2013 TV Special Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2011 TV Movie Herself - Honoree
The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2010 TV Special Herself - Presenter: A Little Night Music & Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Musical
The 60th Annual Tony Awards 2006 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Original Score
51st Annual Drama Desk Awards 2006 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Breakfast with the Arts 2005 TV Series Herself
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There 2003 Documentary Herself
The 56th Annual Tony Awards 2002 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Special Theatrical Event
60 Minutes 2001 TV Series documentary Herself - Singer (segment "Barbara Cook")
A Benefit Celebration: A Tribute to Angela Lansbury 1996 TV Movie Herself - Performer
In Performance at the White House: A Tribute to American Music - Jerome Kern 1987 TV Movie Herself
The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1987 TV Special Herself - Performer
Great Performances 1986 TV Series Sally Durant Plummer
Song by Song 1980 TV Series Herself - Music Performer
Emerald City 1977 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1975 TV Series Herself - Actress
Girl Talk 1966 TV Series Herself
Today 1965-1966 TV Series Herself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1960-1965 TV Series Herself - Singer / Herself / Herself - Host
The 19th Annual Tony Awards 1965 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1963-1965 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1965 TV Series Herself - Guest
Get the Message 1964 TV Series Herself
To Tell the Truth 1964 TV Series Herself
The 18th Annual Tony Awards 1964 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The Match Game 1963 TV Series Herself - Team Captain
The Merv Griffin Show 1963 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Herself - Broadway Actress
The DuPont Show of the Week 1961-1962 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1955-1961 TV Series Singer / Herself
Your Hit Parade 1958 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Best of the Royal Variety 2006 TV Series Herself
60 Minutes 2004 TV Series documentary Herself - Singer (segment "Barbara Cook")

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