VideoThrowback Thursday: Watch Barbara Cook Sing From The Music Man on The Bell Telephone HourThe late Broadway icon performs songs from the musical that won her the 1958 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
August 29, 2019
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.
From The Music Man to She Loves Me: Look Back at Barbara Cook on Broadway