Cook Cancels First Three Shows Due to Ill HealthDate: 13 May 2004
Broadway diva Barbara Cook (pictured) has cancelled the first three performances of her new limited London season, including tonight’s (Thursday 13 May 2004) press performance at the West End’s Gielgud Theatre (See News, 23 Apr 2004).
Previews on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings of Barbara Cook's Broadway were called off when the 76-year-old singer came down with a throat infection. It was hoped that Cook would be well enough to go on tonight, but on doctors’ advice, producers cancelled the performance at mid-afternoon today.
Cook’s health will continue to be monitored with decisions made day-to-day as to whether she’s able to perform. Barbara Cook's Broadway had been due to run from 11 to 29 May 2004 only. Theatregoers who’ve already booked tickets are advised to telephone the Gielgud box office (0870 890 1105) to confirm the performance schedule and to arrange refunds or exchanges.
Cook was last seen in London with her 2001 Olivier-nominated show Mostly Sondheim, and has had earlier cabaret seasons at the Donmar Warehouse and the Albery Theatre. In 1997, she celebrated her 70th birthday with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
On her own shores, the American singer is a legend. Broadway's favourite ingenue in the 1950s and 60s, Cook originated important roles in musical theatre such as Cunegonde in Bernstein's Candide, Marian the Librarian in The Music Man (for which she won a Tony), and Amalia in She Loves Me.
Barbara Cook's Broadway recalls those golden years of the Great White Way, trawling through personal anecdotes as well as songs such as "The Party's Over", "Make the Man Love Me", "It's Not Where You Start", "Wait 'Til You're Sixty-Five", "Wonderful Guy", "My White Knight", "Mister Snow", "Nobody Else But Me", "His Face", "This Nearly Was Mine" and "A Perfect Relationship".
The new show arrives in London after a month at New York’s Lincoln Center, where it is scheduled to return for a second limited engagement this summer.
In Barbara Cook's Broadway, Cook is accompanied once again by Wally Harper, her long-time musical director. Together their recordings have included "It's Better with a Band", "Oscar Winners: The Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein", "Champion Season: A Salute to Gower Champion" and "Mostly Sondheim". A recording of the latest show is also being released.
- by Terri Paddock