A 2011 Kennedy Center honoree and one of popular music's greatest soprano voices, her impressive career spans over 50 years from Broadway ingénue to legendary recording artist. On Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30pm, join McCarter Theatre Center in celebrating Barbara Cook's 85th birthday through an awe-inspiring performance of Broadway and American Songbook classics.
Barbara Cook's silvery soprano, purity of tone, and warm presence has delighted audiences around the world for more than 50 years. Considered "Broadway's favorite ingénue" during the heyday of the Broadway musical, Ms. Cook then launched a second career as a concert and recording artist soaring from one professional peak to another.
Whether on the stages of major international venues throughout the world or in the intimate setting of New York's Café Carlyle or Feinstein's at the Regency, Barbara Cook's popularity continues to thrive - as evidenced by her 1997 birthday concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Albert Hall in London, a succession of 6 triumphant returns to Carnegie Hall where she made a legendary solo concert debut in 1975, and an ever-growing mantle of honors including the Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, her citation as a Living New York Landmark and her induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame.
A leading star during the Broadway musical's "golden age" of the 50's and 60's, Barbara Cook's many Broadway credits include the creation of three classic roles in the American musical theatre: Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide, Marian the Librarian in Meredith Willson's The Music Man (Tony Award) and Amalia in Bock and Harnick's She Loves Me(Drama Desk Award). Last year she returned to Broadway for the first time in 23 years and received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Sondheim On Sondheim.
The Financial Times proclaims, "Legendary Broadway star and accomplished concert performer, Barbara Cook may well be the greatest singer in the world."
Tickets ranging from $20 to $60 may be purchased on line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the McCarter website atwww.mccarter.org or during regular business hours by phone at (609) 258-2787. Student tickets at $10 each are also available with valid ID. McCarter Theatre Center is conveniently located at 91 University Place in Princeton, NJ.