Broadway Legends Barbara Cook and Audra McDonald at the Kennedy Center
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The last date listed for Audra McDonald and Barbara Cook was Saturday March 17, 2007 / 4:00pm.
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“Barbara Cook is the greatest singer in the world.” -Financial Times
“(Cook’s) combination of gorgeous technique and emotional insight is nothing short of miraculous.” -USA Today
“At 77 and still in marvelous voice, (Cook) has earned the right to be called legendary.” -Associated Press
Earning an unprecedented three Tony Awards before the age of 30 (Carousel, Master Class, and Ragtime_) and a fourth in 2004 (_A Raisin in the Sun), singer and actress Audra McDonald is frequently compared to legendary performers such as Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. But like all great artists, she is a unique force, blending a luscious, classically-trained soprano with an incomparable gift for dramatic truth-telling. In addition to her theatrical work she maintains a major career as a concert and recording artist appearing regularly on many of the great stages of the world.
In September 2006, Audra McDonald released her first solo album in four years—Build a Bridge—on Nonesuch Records. Her fourth solo recording for the label, Build a Bridge looks beyond her usual repertoire and explores music written by contemporary singer/songwriters, including Elvis Costello, Nellie McKay, John Mayer, Randy Newman, Laura Nyro, Neil Young, Rufus Wainwright, and two songs by her longtime collaborator, musical-theater composer Adam Guettel. She embarked on a tour of the US in the fall, stopping in Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Fresno, and San Francisco to perform selections from Build a Bridge. In New York, she appeared at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room as part of the American Songbook series in a concert that was broadcast nationwide on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center. These programs also featured her customary offering of Broadway favorites and songs from the contemporary musical-theater repertoire.
Notable engagements later this season include her return to Broadway staring as Lizzie Curry in the Roundabout Theatre’s revival of 110 in the Shade directed by Lonnie Price; a recurring role on NBC’s television series Kidnapped; a return to the New York Philharmonic for a New Year’s Eve concert (also to be broadcast on PBS); a performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra in a tribute to Sidney Poitier; and duo concerts with Barbara Cook in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Orange County. She will also appear on ABC in a made-for-television movie version of A Raisin in the Sun alongside hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, her co-star from the 2004 Broadway revival.
Barbara Cook’s silvery soprano, purity of tone, and warm presence have delighted audiences around the world for more than 50 years. Considered “Broadway’s favorite ingenue” during the heyday of the Broadway musical, Miss Cook then launched a second career as a concert and cabaret 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, 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 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.
In January Miss Cook will achieve yet another career high when New York’s Metropolitan Opera Company presents the artist in her solo concert debut, making her the first female pop singer to be presented by the MET in the company’s 123 year history. Later in 2006, Miss Cook will return to Carnegie Hall to perform her sixth solo concert in November.
Last spring, Miss Cook made a triumphant return to the Café Carlyle, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famed nightspot, with her new concert titled Tribute. A recording based on the critically acclaimed concert has just been released on DRG records.
In 2004 Miss Cook’s concert, Barbara Cook’s Broadway, was hailed by both the Associated Press and USA TODAY as one of the ten best theatre productions of the year. USA Today noted that “Barbara Cook is singing as gloriously as ever in her latest one-woman show,” adding that “this septuagenarian’s combination of gorgeous technique and emotional insight is nothing short of miraculous.” The Associated Press called Barbara Cook’s Broadway “the most satisfying musical-theater experience of the year. At 77 and still in marvelous voice, she has earned the right to be called legendary.”
Following the spring 2004 Lincoln Center Theater run, Miss Cook premiered Barbara Cook’s Broadway in London’s West End in May, returned to perform the show for two sold-out encore engagements at Lincoln Center that summer, before returning to London with the show for a second time in September. The concert was recorded live and release on DRG Records.
Barbara Cook’s Broadway followed close on the heels of her earlier triumph, the critically acclaimed Barbara Cook in Mostly Sondheim. Miss Cook premiered the concert at Carnegie Hall in February 2001 before taking it to London’s West End where it was the smash hit of London’s 2001 summer season, eventually garnering Miss Cook two Olivier Award nominations for Best Entertainment and Best Actress in a Musical. She went on to perform Mostly Sondheim at Lincoln Center Theater for a sold-out fourteen week run, winning a Tony Award nomination for Best Theatrical Event, and has performed the show in major cities throughout the United States. DRG released a live performance CD of the Carnegie Hall performance before filming a stage performance, which was released as a DVD/Home Video recording on DRG/Koch Entertainment.