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Barbara Cook In Mostly Sondheim (2002)

Jim Brown  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Jim Brown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: DRG
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008DDGR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,523 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Songs: Everybody Says Don't, Buds Won't Bud, I Wonder What Became of Me?, The Eagle and Me, I Had Myself a True Love, Another Hundred People/So Many People, In Buddy's Eyes, I Got Lost in His Arms, You Can't Get a Man with a Gun, Medley: Hard-Hearted Hannah/Waiting for the Robert E. Lee/San Francisco, When in Rome (I Do as the Romans Do), Happiness, Loving You, You Could Drive a Person Crazy, Send in the Clowns, Ice Cream (Vanilla), Not a Day Goes By/Losing My Mind, The Trolley Song, Anyone Can Whistle
  • Barbara's master class footage from the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C
  • Complete interview with Barbara
  • Discography

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

The legendary star of Broadway's "Music Man," "She Loves Me" and Candide" sings the songs of Stephen Sondheim and songs he wished he had written. Recorded live in true Dolby 5.1 multi-track surround sound, this 86 minute program captures the unmatched performance of one of America's most gifted artists.

Accompanied by longtime musical directory Wally Harper, Barbara Cook performs a memorable evening of songs by the great Stephen Sondheim mixed with songs Sondheim has said he wished he had written. It's a unique musical celebration The New York Times calls " may find yourself holding your breath in awe!" As The Times of London recently declared: "Barbara Cook is the greatest theatrical singer in concert at the moment." Barbara Cook continues to perform MOSTLY SONDHEIM to critical acclaim and sold-out houses.

1. Everybody Says Don't
2. Buds Won't Bud
3. I Wonder What Became Of Me?
4. The Eagle and Me
5. I Had Myself a True Love
6. Another Hundred People / So Many People
7. In Buddy's Eyes
8. I Got Lost In His Arms
9. You Can't Get a Man With a Gun
10. Medley: Hard Hearted Hannah / Waiting for the Robert E. Lee / San Francisco
11. When In Rome (I Do As the Romans Do)
12. Happiness
13. Loving You
14. You Could Drive a Person Crazy
15. Send in the Clowns
16. Ice Cream (Vanilla)
17. Not a Day Goes By / Losing My Mind
18. The Trolley Song
19. Anyone Can Whistle

Barbara Cook's magnificent Mostly Sondheim concert is more than a tribute to the greatest Broadway composer of the late 20th century. It's also a tribute to the performer herself, the premier leading lady of her generation and a consummate cabaret artist. Accompanied by longtime musical director Wally Harper, Cook winds through such Sondheim selections as "Everybody Says Don't" and "Send in the Clowns." But the 86-minute program was suggested by a 1999 New York Times article by Sondheim entitled "Songs I Wish I Had Written," so it also includes non-Sondheim songs such as "I Got Lost in His Arms" and "The Trolley Song" plus peak moments from Cook's career (She Loves Me's "Ice Cream" and Follies in Concert's "Losing My Mind"). By the time she closes with a stunning a cappella "Anyone Can Whistle," the transfixed audience is sorry that it's over, but grateful they were there. --David Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artistry in action May 29, 2003
What a treat to see Barbara Cook on DVD. I was very lucky to have a front row seat to "Mostly Sondheim" when it played Benaroya Hall in Seattle last October. Hearing and seeing Ms Cook in person was a very wonderful experience.
It isn't quite like seeing her live in concert but this wonderfully packaged DVD is the very next best thing. Filmed at SUNY in Purchase, NY last October and November it is beautifully photographed and presents the entire show. Having been a big fan of hers for many years it is wonderful to watch her artistry over and over.
As a bonus, there are scenes from a Master Class she gave at the Kennedy Center last August. She is so endearing and warm to the students that she can correct them and they love her for it. A young man named Tim Tourpin gave an amazing rendition of "Sailing" that had Barbara Cook visibly stunned.
Don't hesitate a moment longer to get this brilliant piece of theatre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Cook is fabulous May 29, 2003
It's hard to put into words how wonderful this DVD is. Ms. Cook is absolutely peerless in expressing the heart and soul of a song. She can sing anything brilliantly, but when the song is Sondheim's it's as if she's writing it as she goes, her beautiful voice and expressive face telling the story with so much emotion it can only be her own.
This DVD has laughs, too. She's not only a fabulous singer but a very warm, charming and funny woman.
This DVD is for anyone who loves Sondheim, Broadway, the American Popular Song and truly great talent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic... May 21, 2003
I've been a longtime Barbara Cook fan...having purchased the CD of this concert with featured star Malcolm Getz. I've found hours of pleasure with the CD. So I was quite taken aback to find the DVD to be SO extraordinary. It adds all kinds of wonderful between numbers patter...and shows this artist in finest form. And many new songs (who knew she was a fan of Reba McIntire)! I just cannot take my eyes off the screen.
She truly CAN drive a person crazy.
Rush...don't this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Barbara!! August 20, 2003
This DVD is perfect!!Anyone who loves great singing, acting and storytelling will adore it. Ms. Cook is one-of -a-kind. I saw her in She Loves Me and Something More! as a teen and she sounds just as great now as she did then. She just has an amazing voice!
This DVD would be perfect as a birthday or Christmas gift. The recipient will truly thank you! Barbara Cook is truly amazing!What a wonderful woman and artist!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "As An Audience, I Want To Be Let In." October 23, 2008
Format:VHS Tape
This beautiful DVD appears to contain all the songs I heard Barbara Cook sing in concert several years ago as she paid tribute to Stephen Sondheim by singing his music as well as songs he wished he had written. In both the accompanying Master Class footage and interview included with the DVD, Ms. Cook says that she as an audience wants to be "let in" by the performer. She certainly lets in her audience here with her warmth and honesty. Although she jokes about being a bit more careful now with her B naturals, she owes no apology to anyone for the quality and beauty of her voice although she was well into her seventies when she made this DVD. Her long-time accompanist and music director Wally Harper, who sadly died not long after the release of this DVD, is just as perfect in his own way as well.

So much wonderful music is included here. Does anyone do "Send in the Clowns" better? "Losing My Mind" always moves me as her standard "Anyone Can Whistle." And she now sings "The Trolley Song," as she tells her audience, for this first time with this collection of songs since it for a long time belonged to another singer.

Such a fine performance from an American legend who will release a new CD in early November, an event to make all of her fans happy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Cook in Mostly Sondheim June 19, 2003
Barbara Cook is a phenomenon. This DVD is so wonderful it is simply hard to describe. Of course, her performance is first rate but what really makes this disc a cut above is the master class available in the bonus features. How fascinating to get into the mind of a show business genius! And just by the shots of the crowd, it is obvious that all are totally mesmorized by the experience. She takes the kids from being talented to being stars right before your very eyes. I cannot recommend this any higher. Go Barbara!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Musical Talent October 10, 2014
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Barbara Cook is one of the most talented artists in the music world. Her longevity proves what a fantastic voice she has. How many people make it to Broadway, are know internationally, perform in Madison Square Garden and can teach at Julliard? More importantly, how many are able to sing beautifully until they are eighty years old? Certainly not Frank Sinatra and dozens like him. Time and genes have been kind to Ms. Cook. Other artists in her field greatly admire her.
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The Sondhiem music was wonderful. What a great voice and presentation of some great music.every Sondheim fan should own this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What a voice!
I have been a fan of Barbara's for many years and wish there were more concerts. She has always been primarily a nightclub singer, however. I treasure this DVD.
Published 9 months ago by S. Lee Haugen
4.0 out of 5 stars No production info included
Barbara Cook has long been one of my favorites and I was thrilled when I discovered this DVD. But when it came I was shocked that there is absolutely no info inside -- nothing... Read more
Published 16 months ago by R. A. Hoerst
5.0 out of 5 stars In fine form
For those of who love Ms Cook, will undoubtedly love this DVD.
Although filmed live in concert several years ago, it has not lost its charm and appeal.
Published 18 months ago by S. Leadbeatter
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Barbara Cook
Barbara Cook continues to delight her audiences world wide. This album is another in her element, which is entertaining people. Read more
Published on May 30, 2011 by Linda E Chaney
1.0 out of 5 stars problem with product
I rec'd the c.d. and it would not play on any of my systems both at home and in car.
a total disappointment, and if the process for returning it had not been so laborious, and... Read more
Published on January 11, 2010 by Theodore R. Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly But Not Enough Sondheim
I knew in advance that this concert wasn't ALL Sondheim. The program consists of songs he wrote and songs he supposedly wishes he'd written. Read more
Published on July 6, 2009 by G. Schneider
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular
There will never be another like Barbara Cook. For anybody who loves vocal music, I highly recommend this DVD.
Published on May 3, 2008 by M. Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Show and Great Extra's
A great show and a good extra's, Tim Tourbin especially is a wonderful singer to discover on the mastereclass.
Published on January 13, 2008 by Edmund
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Cook and Sondheim at their best
For those that love Barbara Cook's splendid vocal ability, and the music of Sondhim, this is a real treat. This is as close as one can get without being at a live concert.
Published on February 22, 2006 by Carol R. Wiseman
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional... but just a bit different than expected.
I've never seen Barbara Cook live, but have always been a big fan. This DVD is indeed fantastic, but I was slightly disappointed. Read more
Published on August 28, 2004 by Timothy Ostendorf
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