Saturday, July 23, 2016

In the Mood for Ice Cream: Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook, born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1927,
moved to New York in 1948
to try her hand at acting and singing.
She worked for a time singing at the Blue Angel Club,
but by 1951 she was debuting on Broadway
in Flahooley (16 performances, but who's counting?).
Above, Barbara as Amalia in Bock and Harnick's She Loves Me, 1962.

As Marion in The Music Man,
a Tony Award for BC in 1957.

Barbara played in several revivals,
including The King And I with Farley Granger (above),
Oklahoma, Carousel, 
and new works like Candide, Plain and Fancy...
as well as television appearances.

By the 1970s, health problems kept her from participating
in musicals,
but she began a new career as a cabaret singer
and solo concert performer.
Above with George Hearn, Lee Remick, Stephen Sondheim,
and Mandy Patinkin in the concert version of Follies.
Below, her Carnegie Hall Concert of 2011.

Barbara turns 89 this year...
Huzzah, and please keep singing!

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