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Broadway diva, Barbara Cook, to return to West End

Preview by Jack Foley

BARBARA Cook, the Broadway diva, is to return to London from May 11 to 29, with her new one-woman show, Barbara Cook’s Broadway.

Cook, who was last seen in the capital with her 2001 Olivier-nominated show, Mostly Sondheim, will be performing at the Gielgud Theatre, and will be accompanied by her long-time musical director, Wally Harper.

The American singer is widely considered to a legend in her home country, following her heyday, on Broadway, in the 1950s and 60s.

During that period, Cook originated important roles in musical theatre, such as Cunegonde in Bernstein's Candide, Marian the Librarian in The Music Man (for which she won a Tony), and Amalia in She Loves Me.

Her current show, Barbara Cook’s Broadway, will recall the golden years of the Great White Way, taking in personal anecdotes, as well as songs such as The Party's Over, Make the Man Love Me, It's Not Where You Start, Wait 'Til You're Sixty-Five, Wonderful Guy, My White Knight, Mister Snow, Nobody Else But Me, His Face, This Nearly Was Mine and A Perfect Relationship.

The London run of the show will follow its New York appearance at the Lincoln Center, where it will return for a second limited engagement in the Summer.

The RSC production of All’s Well That Ends Well, starring Dame Judi Dench, is currently playing at the Gielgud, but will finish its sell-out season on May 8.

Tickets for the Cook shows are expected to be in hot demand, as previous visits to the capital have all proved very popular, including cabaret seasons at the Donmar Warehouse and the Albery Theatre.

In 1997, she even celebrated her 70th birthday with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

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