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The Barbara Cook Songbook

It's Not Where You Start
Bernstein, Hammerstein, Sondheim & More

Music Director, Jon Weber

Director, Duncan Knowles

Review for The Songbook of Barbara Cook

"Shana Farr is musically infallible...

a consummate actress."


Photo: Fred Cohen

“Farr’s dazzling vocal agility is certainly in Barbara’s class.”     - Theater Pizzazz


It's Not Where You Start: The Songbook of Barbara Cook, celebrates the legendary Broadway, concert and cabaret star Barbara Cook. It is a feast of vocal amazement and stellar interpretation, paying tribute to Cook with songs by Bernstein, Hammerstein II, Sondheim and more.


The show exudes warmth and buoyancy, featuring Cook’s signature songs including “’Til There Was You”, “Ice Cream” and “This Is All Very New to Me”,  as well as Bernstein’s “Glitter and Be Gay” and selections from some of Sondheim’s greatest, including Follies, Merrily We Roll Along and Anyone Can Whistle.


Displaying an intelligent and sophisticated approach to the material and with a polished elegance, Shana Farr brilliantly commands the stage and leads the audience on a journey from a young ingénue to a woman full of life experience. Barbara Cook was a singer, an actress, a mother and a teacher, and Ms. Farr taps into every single one of those roles in her own personal and inspirational way.

An engaging and varied evening of virtuosic performance, resonating with optimism, sophisticated silliness and worldly wisdom.

Music Director, Jon Weber has worked on several projects with Shana including her album Out Of The Shadows which picked up a nod from the Wall Street Journal: “Ms. Farr is probably the most convincing younger American to sing Noël Coward,” as well as her helping her to create her Coward/Porter show. Jon Weber is an internationally known jazz pianist who has topped many international charts.


Duncan Knowles is a producer and director of drama and musical theatre. He has directed many shows for the legendary New York cabaret performer Steve Ross, notably Ross’s award-winning Stephen Sondheim show Good Thing Going and I Remember Him Well: The Songs of Alan J. Lerner. He subsequently produced both shows for Ross as albums. He is also an actor, coach and teacher of the F. M. Alexander Technique, and currently divides his time between London, Madrid and New York.

Photo: Stephanie Farr

“A glorious evening...An astonishing accomplishment.”  - Theater Pizzazz

Song List

Barbara Cook Medley

    “This Is All Very New To Me” (Plain and Fancy)

     “Goodnight, My Someone” (The Music Man)

     “Will He Like Me?” (She Loves Me)

     “I Cain’t Say No” (Oklahoma!)

     “I Wouldn’t Marry You” (The Gay Life)

     “My White Knight” (The Music Man)


“’Til There Was You” (The Music Man)


“You’re a Queer One, Julie Jordan” (Carousel) / “If I Loved You” (Carousel)


“Make Believe” (Show Boat)


“A Wonderful Guy” (South Pacific) / “Hello, Young Lovers” (The King and I)


“Ice Cream” (She Loves Me)


“Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man Of Mine (Show Boat)


“Anyone Can Whistle” (Anyone Can Whistle)


“Send In The Clowns” (A Little Night Music)

“Everybody Says Don’t” (Anyone Can Whistle)


“Not A Day Goes By” (Company)  / “Losing My Mind” (Follies)


“Glitter and Be Gay” (Candide)

“It’s Not Where You Start” (Barnum)


“A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” (Walt Disney’s Cinderella)

Photo: Fred Cohen

“What was it that lit up the sky and held a hurricane at bay Tuesday evening? The bravura performance by Shana Farr singing songs from the repertoire of Barbara Cook.”                     

                                                                                             - Theater Pizzazz

Live Clip from

"It's Not Where You Start:

The Songbook of Barbara Cook"

Recorded Live at 54 Below, NYC

Performed in NYC and London

"Ice Cream"

From She Loves Me

By Bock & Harnick

Recorded Live at 54 Below, NYC

Performed in NYC and London

"Losing My Mind"

From Follies

By Stephen Sondheim

Recorded Live at 54 Below, NYC

Performed in NYC and London

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