Barbara Cook: Then and Now at New World Stages

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Producer Roy Furman presents Barbara Cook: Then and Now, conceived by three-time Tony winner James Lapine and directed by ten-time Tony winner Tommy Tune, which begins previews on 13 April 2016 at off-Broadway's New World Stages, before an official opening on 4 May and a limited engagement through to 26 June 2016.

Tony & Grammy winner Barbara Cook released the following statement:

"As I began to write my upcoming memoir, I was surprised by how moved I was in revisiting my early years and later my alcoholic years. I've always felt that the narrative of my life came through many of the songs I sing, both tunes I've introduced and favorites that have spoken to me through different chapters of my life. I'm hoping this evening will be a live companion piece to the book that taught me more about my own life than I ever would have expected."
Synopsis: "Hers is a voice that's become a constant in musical theatre for over 50 years. From the striking ingénue of Broadway's Golden Age, to the legendary performer of the 21st century, Barbara Cook has sold out theaters and concert halls around the world with her masterful interpretations of music's most memorable songs. This spring, she shares the best story of all - her own - in what promises to be a unique and intimate evening filled with music and memories to last a lifetime. Together with a little help from her multiple Tony Award-winning friends, director Tommy Tune and playwright James Lapine, she returns to the stage in Barbara Cook: Then and Now, a poignant one-woman performance that takes you on a vibrant and candid journey through her remarkable life. Discover the people and the moments, the challenges and the triumphs that shaped her life - in a one-of-a-kind musical memoir you will never forget."

The creative team behind Barbara Cook: Then and Now features music direction by Emmy winner Lee Musiker, scenic design by Robin Wagner and lighting design by Ken Billington, with additional creative team members to be announced shortly.

Barbara Cook won a Tony Award in 1958 for 'The Music Man' and was more recently nominated in 2010 for 'Sondheim on Sondheim.' Her many Broadway credits include 'Barbara Cook's Broadway!,' 'Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre,' 'Mostly Sondheim,' 'Enemies,' 'The Grass Harp,' 'Little Murders,' 'Any Wednesday,' 'She Loves Me,' 'The Gay Life,' 'Carousel,' 'Candide,' 'Plain and Fancy,' 'Oklahoma!' and her Broadway debut in 'Flahooley' in 1951.

- by Tom Millward

Barbara Cook

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