Widely considered the foremost interpreter of the American Songbook, the Tony- and Grammy-winning Barbara Cook performs a one-night-only concert at the intimate Birchmere. The original Marian the Librarian in Meredith Wilson's The Music Man -- and Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide -- Cook is sure to relate anecdotes from her recent stint on Broadway in Sondheim on Sondheim, her first show on the Great White Way in 23 years. She'll sing showtune standards accompanied by a band including musical director Andy Einhorn on keyboards, Peter Donovan on bass and Jim Saporito on drums. Friday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $79.50. Call 703-549-7500 or visit birchmere.com.