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Broadway dims its lights in memory of Barbara Cook


Barbara Cook 1927 - 2017
Barbara Cook 1927 - 2017

In accordance with The Broadway League, the Broadway theatres will dim their marquee lights tonight in memory of Tony Award winner Barbara Cook.

Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin commented:

Barbara Cook was an unforgettable talent with a voice that dazzled audiences and kept them coming back over her 50-year career. With charisma, determination, and perseverance she made a remarkable contribution to theatre and inspired fans around the world. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with her family, friends, and colleagues.
Ms. Cook was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 25, 1927 and passed away on August 8, 2017, in NYC, at the age of 89. The lights will be dimmed at exactly 7:45pm tonight for one minute.

Barbara Cook won a Tony Award for her performance as Marian Paroo in 'The Music Man' in 1958. More recently, she earned a Tony nomination for 'Sondheim on Sondheim' in 2010. Aside from her role in 'The Music Man,' she is also best known for originating the roles of Amalia Balash in 'She Loves Me' in 1963 and Cunegonde in 'Candide' in 1956. Other Broadway credits include 'Enemies' (1972), 'The Grass Harp' (1971), 'Little Murders' (1967), 'Any Wednesday' (1965), 'Something More!' (1964), 'The Gay Life' (1961), 'Carousel' (1957), 'Plain and Fancy' (1955), 'Carousel' (1954), 'Oklahoma!' (1953), and 'Flahooley' (1951). She also appeared in special Broadway concerts and revues such as 'Barbara Cook's Broadway!' (2004), 'Mostly Sondheim' (2002), and 'Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre' (1987). As a recording artist, she released over twenty solo albums, earning a Grammy nomination for 2003's "Count Your Blessings." She received two Grammy Awards for the cast albums of 'The Music Man' and 'She Loves Me.'

- by Tom Millward

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