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Then and Now : A Memoir [Large Print]

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A legend of the American theater, Barbara Cook burst onto the scene in the 1950s to become Broadway's leading ingenue in roles such as her Tony Award-winning role as the original Marian the librarian in The Music Man. But in the late 1960s, Barbara's extraordinary talent onstage was threatened by debilitating depression and alcoholism, forcing her to step away from the limelight. Emerging from the shadows in the early 1970s, Barbara reinvented herself as the country's leading concert and cabaret artist. Taking us deep into her life and career, from her childhood in the Jim Crow South to the Great White Way, Then and Now candidly and poignantly describes both her personal difficulties and her legendary triumphs.
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  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 20mm | 385g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 0062298771
  • 9780062298775

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A legend of the American theater, Barbara Cook burst onto the scene in the 1950s to become Broadway's leading ingenue in roles such as her Tony Award-winning role as the original Marian the librarian in The Music Man. But in the late 1960s, Barbara's extraordinary talent onstage was threatened by debilitating depression and alcoholism, forcing her to step away from the limelight. Emerging from the shadows in the early 1970s, Barbara reinvented herself as the country's leading concert and cabaret artist.

Taking us deep into her life and career, from her childhood in the Jim Crow South to the Great White Way, Then and Now candidly and poignantly describes both her personal difficulties and her legendary triumphs.
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"And what a story it is, told in a bright, refreshing and brutally honest voice, in a manner that you would expect from Barbara Cook.... Get yourself a copy of Then & Now now and plunge into it, giving yourself breaks here and there to listen to Barbara singing..."--Huffington Post "It's all here in Cook's memoir. Great theater, great people, not so great people, alcoholism, compulsive eating, an affair with actor Arthur Hill when they were both married to other people; the great love of the lady's life. A second career in cabaret that continues into her ninth decade."--WOSU/NPR News and Classical Music "Theater rats will savor Ms. Cook's account of her 'Candide' audition in front of the show's composer, Leonard Bernstein . . . It's clear in every word she sings that her wisdom is deep and hard-won."--Wall Street Journal "Then and Now is narrated with the same homey bonhomie that has informed Ms. Cook's stage patter in recent years."--New York Times Theater rats will savor Ms. Cook s account of her Candide audition in front of the show s composer, Leonard Bernstein . . . It s clear in every word she sings that her wisdom is deep and hard-won. --Wall Street Journal" Then and Now is narrated with the same homey bonhomie that has informed Ms. Cook s stage patter in recent years. --New York Times" And what a story it is, told in a bright, refreshing and brutally honest voice, in a manner that you would expect from Barbara Cook . Get yourself a copy of Then & Now now and plunge into it, giving yourself breaks here and there to listen to Barbara singing --Huffington Post" It s all here in Cook s memoir. Great theater, great people, not so great people, alcoholism, compulsive eating, an affair with actor Arthur Hill when they were both married to other people; the great love of the lady s life. A second career in cabaret that continues into her ninth decade. --WOSU/NPR News and Classical Music" Then and Now HarperCollins) is narrated with the same homey bonhomie that has informed Ms. Cook s stage patter in recent years. --New York Times"
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