IN MEMORIAM: Barbara Cook

Posted on: August 8th, 2017 by Roundabout

Barbara Cook and Vanessa Williams in Sondheim on Sondheim presented by Roundabout Theatre Comapany. Photo by Richard Termine.

Roundabout Theatre Company mourns the passing of Broadway icon Barbara Cook, who left us today at the age of 89. Barbara’s legendary soprano changed the landscape of Broadway, creating iconic roles like Marian Paroo in The Music Man, Cunegonde in Candide and Amalia Balash in She Loves Me. Barbara’s career spanned decades, sharing her vocal gifts with multiple generations, all the way through her retirement in May of this year. We were honored that, after 23 years away, Barbara made her return to Broadway in Roundabout’s production of Sondheim on Sondheim in 2010, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. Her performance in the show was so special to all of us, as was her unforgettable appearance at Roundabout’s 50th Anniversary Gala, and we will cherish these times of learning from a true legend. Barbara will be missed by her family here at Roundabout, as well as the entire theatrical community. We send our deepest sympathies to all who loved her.

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