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Broadway Loses It’s Most Famous Soprano Barbara Cook

Broadway Loses It’s Most Famous Soprano Barbara Cook
Barbara Cook

In She Loves Me

When I first came to New York my boyfriend took me to The Carlyle to see Barbara Cook. During the show her microphone broke and she asked if anyone had any questions. I raised my hand and was called on, I asked if she taught singing lessons. She ignored me and moved on. Being stubborn and now obsessed with the idea, I would not take no for an answer. I ended up on Riverside Drive nervous as hell to meet the legend in person. At the time any soprano worth her weight in salt wanted to be Barbara Cook and I was no exception. I went on to study with her weekly for about six months, when she told me I no longer needed her. That was untrue, but she was like that, she wanted me to fly.

Barbara Cook

As Marion the liberian

It is with great sadness that I write that the legendary star of Plain and Fancy, Candide, The Music Man and She Loves Me has died. As of this morning the glorious voice of Broadway past  passed away at 89 from respiratory failure.

Barbara Cook

In Candide

In the 50’s if you wanted a clear soprano with bell like tones Barbara Cook was who you hired. In 1956, she was Broadway’s most celebrated ingénue as she stop the show nightly with “Glitter and Be Gay,” from Candide.

In 1957 she was cast as Marian the Librarian in The Music Man and won a Tony Award. She was devastated when she lost the film role to Shirley Jones and became depressed. Turning to alcohol she put on weight and by 1973 her career came to a halt.

Barbara Cook
After withdrawing from the theatre scene, it took pianist and arranger Wally Harper to bring Ms. Cook back to prominence. In 1981 the album “It’s Better With a Band” brought the singer back to the mainstream and audiences everywhere fell in love again with the fluid tones and perfect
In 1985 she was cast in a concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at Lincoln Center in 1985. Playing Sally she broke our hearts with her interpretation of “Losing My Mind.”From there albums and concerts including: “Barbara Cook’s Broadway, “Barbara Cook at the Met” and “Mostly Sondheim: Live at Carnegie Hall.”

Surrounded by family and friends, according to publicist Amanda Kaus, her son told The Post, “And vanilla ice cream is the last thing she ate — the God’s honest truth”.

 

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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