Barbara Cook, indelibly River City librarian Marian Paroo opposite Robert Preston own Broadway in The Music Man and Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, will return to the stage next month to share the stories and songs that shaped her life and career in Barbara Cook: Then and Now, described as “a candid and intimate evening.” Pegged to the June release of her autobiography (same title) the show is conceived by 3-time Tony Award winning writer and director James Lapine (Into The Woods, Falsettos) and directed by 10-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune (Nine, Grand Hotel).
Barbara Cook: Then and Now will begin preview performances April 13, open May 4 and run through June 26 at the Shubert Organization’s off-Broadway complex New World Stages. The rest of the creative team is equally celebrated: Robin Wagner (set); Ken Billington (lights); and Lee Musiker (music direction). HarperCollins will publish Barbara Cook: Then and Now in June.
“As I began to write my upcoming memoir, I was surprised by how moved I was in revisiting my early years and later my alcoholic years,” Cook said. “I’ve always felt that the narrative of my life came through many of the songs I sing, both tunes I’ve introduced and favorites that have spoken to me through different chapters of my life. I’m hoping this evening will be a live companion piece to the book that taught me more about my own life than I ever would have expected.”