Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Barbara Cook: Birthday Concert Redux

We can't resist being there again tonight.

The Phil played the Overture to Candide. GLORIOUS! Barbara sang for ninety alternatingly blissful and toe-tapping minutes. As usual, her voice was warm and sweet. It give me chills like no other. Her performances are always transcening. This was an encore of her November concerts but she changed the set list slightly, including more Sondheim this time:

Simple Song/Lucky To Be Me
There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder
Wonderful Guy
Give Me the Simple Life
Lost in his Arms
Nashville Nightingale
I'm Through with Love/Smile
Nobody Else But Me
One More Kiss/Goodbye For Now
Lover, Come Back To Me
I Wish I Could Forget You
No One Is Alone
My Dog Loves Your Dog
This Nearly Was Mine
Lost In The Stars
No More
Accentuate The Positive

The audience, accompanied by the Phil, sang a disjointed Happy Birthday to her.

Her encores were sans microphone. She sang Some Other Time and then We'll Be Together, because we just insisted on a second number.

Of course, we saw a few celebs there: Alice Playten, Jamie DeRoy, Joel Grey, Ron Rifkin, Blair Brown, Harvey Evans, and Arthur Laurents. Noah introduced me to Alice and Jamie. I was so thrilled to meet Alice - she powerhouse belted Nobody Steps on Kafritz on the original cast recording of Henry, Sweet, Henry, one of my most favorite flops. I also saw her in Caroline, Or Change.

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