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19 July 2001
Barbara Cook is back in London, and all is right with the world. In fact, the only wrong thing about the entire exhilarating cabaret evening of fine songs, finely sung, is its slightly inaccurate and misleading title, Mostly Sondheim.
The selections are not even largely Sondheim; partially Sondheim would probably be more accurate, even if the rest of the programme's choices do have a tenuous link to the celebrated composer, in as much as they are all songs from a list of some 50 songs that he declared, in a New York Times magazine article, that he wished he'd written.
But it does mean that Cook, and her invaluable longtime musical director and pianist Wally Harper (looking more gnome-like than ever, but an unerringly supportive and utterly sympathetic player), have found themselves invigorated by a largely new repertoire. Sure, because it's on Sondheim's list, she's able to sneak in one of her signature songs, "Ice Cream", and make it...
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USER: Whatsonstage.com - 24 July 2001:
As always she gives as close to perfect a performance as one is likely to hear. This is what musical theatre artistry is about. The younger generation should take note and learn....