Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Barbara Cook as a Gay Icon? I Just Don't Get It!

Judy? Oh, yes.

Barbra?! Of course.

Cher. You betcha....

Lady Gaga.... Oooo La La....

LizaBette Midler, Madonna... Yes, yes, yes to all...

But I have never found the iconic attraction to Barbara Cook... She was never even that huge a Broadway star like Merman or Channing... 

And, yet, gay men (of a certain age) adore Miss Cook...

Is it just me?

Explain, please, in the comments...

Thanks in advance...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

She's just a very great singer now and was a terrific performer as a young girl on Bway.
Aren't some gays attracted to talent?
Some are also attracted to "Flaws"...so I guess Cook's weight gain over the years serves those folks.

Anonymous said...

She's just boring if you ask me.

Anonymous said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/23/arts/music/barbara-cook-and-barbra-streisand-sing-on.html

Anonymous said...

And why do GAYS... yes gay boys ... follow women like angela and barbara? watch ... whereas Barbara Cook is a true legend (simply engine search would suffice! ... As for Ms. Lansbury being a gay icon, it is completely comprehensible...........

https://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=QH59cY-RY0I&page...

Anonymous said...

I don't know about icon, but I do enjoy her. I've been fortunate to have seen her several times at the Carlyle (with Wally Harper), standing in back at the bar. A very New York experience for someone visiting from the provinces.

I'm not crazy about her American Songbook performances; her contemporary songs appeal more to me. I agree with the first comment about the talent.

She seems to have lived a life with ups and downs and would be an interesting person to know.

Heidi Nordberg said...

She had a beautiful voice. I think the fan generation you're talking about is just a couple of years behind you. She's a little more esoteric than the big icons... <3

Mitchell Geller said...

If, like me, you had been at the 1975 comeback concert at Carnegie Hall, you would know that she is a gay icon -- the hall was probably filled with a good 75 % gay men, including me. She had only one hit show, yes, this is true -- and I for one do not like "The Music Man." But the shows she was in that flopped were amazing --"Candide" and "The Gay Life" and more than ever the not-a-flop but not a huge hit, either -- though much loved, and now, partly through revivals, considered a very fine musical.
The alcoholism, the weight gain, the depression that kept her off the Broadway stage were, of course, a bit Garlandesque, but the only real thing that she has in common with other gay icons is her SURVIVAL! Like Stephen Sondheim's Carlotta Campion, Barbara can say, "I'm still here!" Please note -- though she is a gay icon there is nothing remotely camp about her appeal, unlike most of the others you cited. And as there ever been a drag impersonator of Cook? No way. Her dignity and the integrity of her talent are inimitable, unlike Judy, Barbara, Cher etc. She is, when all is said and done, iconic
because of her talent.