Monday, June 11, 2012

Dark Monday • Losing My Mind by Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook was a big star on Broadway in the late 1950s, capturing hearts of many with starring roles in Candide and The Music Man. She made her Broadway debut in 1951 in a short-lived musical, Flahooley. Not only did the audiences love her, but her peers were equally impressed, and she earned a Tony Award for her role as Marion the librarian in original production of Meredith Wilson's The Music Man. By the time the 1970s rolled around, Cook struggled with her demons, a battle that continued through music of the decade. But by the end, she was gaining back her life, and started headlining concerts that were must-have tickets. Her voice was still angelic, and she was known as a great interpreter of the Great American Songbook, and the new music of the American theater as well. Listen as she sings Losing My Mind from the great Stephen Sondheim show, Follies.

You can purchase the Original Broadway Cast recording of Sondheim On Sondheim on iTunes and Amazon. Cook as a member of the original cast, and, in fact, sung "Losing My Mind" and "Not A Day Goes By" with the beautiful Vanessa Williams. You can also check out her official website, where you can hear more great music, and find out more about this amazing artist.

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