We at Rodgers & Hammerstein mourn the passing of Barbara Cook...
"Barbara Cook was the definition of the word 'unique.' Not sure anyone who saw her in Candide or The Music Man would have guessed that the last act of her career would be as the premier song stylist of her generation. She embodied the art of singing lyrics, always using the music to dive into the depth and resonance of the story contained in the words. I have many great memories - one favorite was in our noontime celebration of Richard Rodgers' centennial at the Gershwin Theater. We asked a number of singer to perform one song each. When Barbara and Wally Harper arrived for the sound check, the stage manager said, "Miss Cook is asking when she does her second song." My answer: "Whenever she wants." She had a pair of Rodgers songs with which she knew she would land. And boy, did she! We've lost a great one."
–Ted Chapin & Everyone at Rodgers & Hammerstein
Farley Granger (The King) and Barbara Cook (Anna Leonownes) - THE KING AND I (1960 New York City Center Revival)
David LeGrant (Ali Hakim) and Barbara Cook (Ado Annie) - OKLAHOMA! (1953 New York City Center Revival)
Howard Keel (Billy Bigelow), Victor Moore (Starkeeper) and Barbara Cook (Julie Jordan) - CAROUSEL (1957 New York City Center Revival)