A `Mostly Sondheim' tribute at Kennedy Center

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May 30, 2002|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Broadway soprano Barbara Cook's tribute concert, Mostly Sondheim, competes for a Tony Award this Sunday, and just three days later she brings the program to Washington's Kennedy Center as part of its continuing Sondheim Celebration.

The word "mostly" refers to the fact that the selections include a number of songs Stephen Sondheim says he "wishes he had written," including works by Irving Berlin, Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, and Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Cook, who will be accompanied by her long-time music director, Wally Harper, has performed Mostly Sondheim in London and New York.

A Tony Award winner for her portrayal of Marian the Librarian in The Music Man, Cook also created the roles of Cunegonde in Candide and Amalia in She Loves Me.

Show times at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater are 7:30 p.m. June 5-8 and June 12-15; 5 p.m. June 9 and 16; matinees at 2:30 p.m. June 8 and 15. The concert will return to the Kennedy Center Aug. 14-18. Tickets are $45 and $50. For more information, call 800-444-1324.

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