Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Barbara Cook: My Life in American Music

Living legend Barbara Cook discusses her singing career from Broadway to the concert stage for KCRW, an NPR affiliate in Santa Monica, CA (with ample representation of her music). Did you know that for the spoken lines in "Glitter and Be Gay" from Candide, she called upon a performance of Lady Macbeth by Fay Bainter from a record of the Mercury Players production of the Scottish play? The interview is filled with little factoids like that, as well as insight into how Cook approaches the art of singing. The interview coincides with the upcoming gala opening of the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, at which Cook will be the inaugural performer.

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