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A Tribute to Barbara Cook Makes Free Tickets Available to Public

Kelli O'Hara, Renée Fleming, and more will perform at Lincoln Center on December 18 in honor of the legendary soprano.

The late Barbara Cook performing her concert Barbara Cook's Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center on March 9, 2004.
(© Rahav Segev)

A limited number of free tickets for A Tribute to Barbara Cook will be distributed to the general public beginning at noon on Monday, December 11, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater box office. Tickets will be dispensed on a first-come, first-served basis (limit of two per person).

The memorial will be held the following Monday, December 18 at 5pm at the Beaumont, featuring performances by Renée Fleming, Norm Lewis, Audra McDonald, Jessica Molaskey, Kelli O'Hara, John Pizzarelli, and Vanessa Williams. Also scheduled to participate in the tribute will be Cook's son Adam LeGrant, producer Roy Furman, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, Michael Kaiser (president emeritus of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), actor Frank Langella, and actor Jane Summerhays. James Lapine will direct.

Cook, a Tony and Grammy Award winner as well as a 2011 Kennedy Center honoree, died on Tuesday, August 8, at the age of 89. A leading star of the Broadway stage during the '50s and '60s, her many credits include the creation of three classic roles in the American musical theater: Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide, Marian the Librarian in Meredith Willson's The Music Man (Tony Award), and Amalia in Bock and Harnick's She Loves Me (Drama Desk Award). Last year, she published her memoir, Then and Now: A Memoir.