Barbara Cook
The New York Times
DRG to Release The Essential Barbara Cook Collection in October

By Andrew Gans
August 31, 2009
Barbara Cook and James Taylor
To celebrate its 17-year collaboration with Tony Award winner Barbara Cook, DRG Records will release the six-disc The Essential Barbara Cook Collection October 14.

Hugh Fordin, the president of DRG Records, told Playbill.com that the recording will include four CDs from Cook’s back catalogue — Close As Pages in a Book (newly remixed and remastered digitally in July 2009), Live from London, All I Ask of You and Live From The Met — plus the DVD of Mostly Sondheim, which was recorded live at SUNY Purchase.

A four-track bonus CD will also be included. Entitled Give Me the Simple Life, the disc was recorded July 23, 2009, especially for the six-disc box set. Songs on the sampler include “Give Me the Simple Life,” “It Was Written in the Stars,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “I’d Rather Be Blue.”

Barbara Cook has starred on Broadway in Flahooley, Candide, The Grass Harp, The Music Man and She Loves Me. She received a Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award for her performance in The Music Man, and her one-woman show, Mostly Sondheim, was nominated for a Tony in the Best Special Theatrical Event category. Cook was most recently on the New York stage in Barbara Cook’s Broadway. Both Mostly Sondheim and Barbara Cook’s Broadway were recorded for DRG. Cook made her solo debut at the Metropolitan Opera, which was also released on DRG Records. Her newest CD, also on DRG, is titled Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder.

For more information visit www.drgrecords.com.
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