Barbara Cook, whose heartfelt soprano led to a remarkably long career as first one of Broadway's most memorable musical theatre ingenues and then as a leading light in the international cabaret scene, died just over two years ago on August 8, 2017.
In the video above the musical theatre icon sings tunes from her most famous role, Marian Paroo, the skeptical, seemingly straight-laced librarian of River City, Iowa, who is romanced by the fast-talking music salesman Harold Hill (originated on Broadway by Robert Preston). Cook won her Tony Award for her performance as Marion in Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. Watch the video above and see why.
Cook also starred on Broadway in Flahooley, Candide, The Gay Life, and She Loves Me. Her one-woman show, Mostly Sondheim, was nominated for a Tony in the Best Special Theatrical Event category. She also received a Tony nomination for her final Broadway outing, Sondheim on Sondheim, in 2010.