Barbara Cook (October 25, 1927 – August 8, 2017) was an American actress and singer who first came to prominence in the 1950s as the lead in the original Broadway musicals Plain and Fancy (1955), Candide (1956) and The Music Man (1957) among others, winning a Tony Award for the last. She continued performing mostly in theatre until the mid-1970s, when she began a second career as a cabaret and concert singer. She also made numerous recordings.

During her years as Broadway’s leading ingénue, Cook was lauded for her excellent lyric soprano voice. She was particularly admired for her vocal agility, wide range, warm sound, and emotive interpretations. As she aged her voice took on a darker quality, even in her head voice, that was less prominent in her youth. At the time of her death, Cook was widely recognized as one of the "premier interpreters" of musical theatre songs and standards, in particular the songs of composer Stephen Sondheim. Her subtle and sensitive interpretations of American popular song continued to earn high praise even into her eighties. She was named an honoree at the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors.

Little Girl Blue

Little Girl Blue

March 18, 2019

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Barbara Cook Sings from the Heart

Barbara Cook Sings from the Heart

September 9, 2014

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Loverman

Loverman

September 25, 2012

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Songs of Perfect Propiety

Songs of Perfect Propiety

August 13, 2012

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The Gay Life

The Gay Life

January 1, 2012

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You Make Me Feel So Young: Live At Feinstein's

You Make Me Feel So Young: Live At Feinstein's

September 27, 2011

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From the Heart

From the Heart

March 15, 2011

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The Music Man

The Music Man

March 6, 2011

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Sings Rodgers and Hart

Sings Rodgers and Hart

August 22, 2010

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Rainbow Round My Shoulder

Rainbow Round My Shoulder

November 11, 2008

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Count Your Blessings

Count Your Blessings

October 9, 2007

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No One Is Alone

No One Is Alone

May 22, 2007

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At The Met (Live)

At The Met (Live)

June 6, 2006

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Tribute

Tribute

September 6, 2005

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Sings From The Heart

Sings From The Heart

October 5, 2004

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Barbara Cook's Broadway

Barbara Cook's Broadway

May 25, 2004

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It's Better With A Band

It's Better With A Band

September 24, 2002

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Songs of Perfect Propriety

Songs of Perfect Propriety

September 20, 2001

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Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim

Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim

May 8, 2001

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All I Ask Of You

All I Ask Of You

March 23, 1999

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Oscar Winners - A Tribute To Oscar Hammerstein Ii

Oscar Winners - A Tribute To Oscar Hammerstein Ii

April 22, 1997

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From The Heart

From The Heart

January 1, 1997

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Barbara Cook At Carnegie Hall

Barbara Cook At Carnegie Hall

January 1, 1996

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Live From London

Live From London

October 1, 1994

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Close As Pages In A Book - The Songs Of Dorothy Fields

Close As Pages In A Book - The Songs Of Dorothy Fields

September 1, 1993

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Barbara Cook at Carnegie Hall

Barbara Cook at Carnegie Hall

January 1, 1975

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Bernstein: Candide

Bernstein: Candide

March 23, 1963

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Candide

Candide

December 1, 1956

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Legends of Broadway - Barbara Cook

Legends of Broadway - Barbara Cook

January 1, 1956

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