Artists, friends and peers of this year's five Kennedy Center honorees converged in Washington, D.C., on December 4 to present entertaining and heartfelt tributes at the 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, an entertainment special to be broadcast which was broadcast on CBS Tuesday night, December 27. For the ninth consecutive year, Caroline Kennedy served as host. Yesterday we brought you a repeat of the first part of the moving tribute to Broadway legend Barbara Cook and today, we bring you a recap of the musical tributes performed by Broadway's own Sutton Foster, Kelli O'Hara, Patti LuPone, Glenn Close, Audra McDonald, Laura Osnes, and more!
The annual event recognizes recipients for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures and television.
Performers and presenters included Emily Blunt, Matthew Broderick, Anna Christy, Glenn Close, Stephen Colbert, Ravi Coltrane, Bill Cosby, Robert De Niro, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Drummond, Elmo, Sutton Foster, Benny Golson, Jim Hall, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Anne Hathaway, Jimmy Heath, Kevin Kline, John Lithgow, Joe Lovano, Rebecca Luker, Patti LuPone, Christian McBride, Audra McDonald, Jennifer Nettles, Mike Nichols, Kelli O'Hara, Laura Osnes, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Raphael Saadiq, James Taylor, Stanley Tucci, Tracey Ullman and John Williams.
Barbara Cook's silvery soprano, has delighted audiences around the world for more than 50 years. Considered "Broadway's favorite ingenue" during the heyday of the Broadway musical, her many credits include the creation of three classic roles of musical theater: Cunegonde in Candide, Marian in The Music Man (Tony Award), and Amalia in She Loves Me (Drama Desk Award). She has released 18 solo recordings, 3 compilations, and can be heard on another 18 cast recordings including the six-CD boxed set The Essential Barbara Cook (DRG Records). She most recently appeared on Broadway in the Roundabout Theater production of Sondheim on Sondheim and received a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.