Another Barbara took The Great White Way by storm with performances in Plain and Fancy, Candide, The Music Man and She Loves Me. “Broadway’s favorite ingenue,” her silvery soprano delighted audiences. When the stage roles were gone, she began a second career as a concert and cabaret performer, triumphing with her 1975 Barbara Cook at Carnegie Hall. From the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House to Café Carlyle and Feinstein’s, she continues to win new accolades with her honest approach to her material.
Her voice has gotten richer, her warmth as glowing as ever and her interpretive skills have grown deeper. As with the other Barbra, she knows the heart of the song is the lyric and she can pinpoint the truth with the best of them. Actually, few can compare. Just listen to her deliver a Sondheim lyric. Breathtaking!
Her recent cabaret outings have been lessons in what the art form is all about. Those fortunate enough to be in the audience or those young singers lucky enough to attend her master classes know what has been known for years: Barbara Cook is in a master class all her own and it is with great joy that we add her to The Cabaret Hall of Fame.
Category: Hall of Fame