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December 27, 2011
New Barbra Book Coming
Barbra: A Retrospective is a new, 288-page hardcover book with jacket and color photos from Sterling which is due to publish on Februrary 7, 2012. They describe the book as: "This large-format, fully illustrated book celebrates her uniquely brilliant career with hundreds of rarely published photographs, album artwork, memorabilia, annotated lists, and special in-depth features on everything from her trend-setting style to her transcendent voice. Streisand's millions of fans will delight in the treasures they'll discover inside, as they follow Barbra from her Brooklyn childhood to her nightclub appearances, emergence as a Broadway star, rise to Hollywood legend…and beyond."
You can order it below via the Amazon.com link ...
December 14, 2011
About the Elle Cover Orders
Allison Waldman writes:
Don't delay -- act NOW -- if you want your Elle Magazine cover with Barbra Streisand.
In November, Barbra Streisand was one of six women honored by Elle Magazine for the "Elle Magazine Honors Hollywood 2011." Something happened and instead of Barbra's cover making newsstands and bookstores and supermarket checkout, Streisand fans were given the chance to order the issue directly from the Elle offices.
If you placed an order and have not received your copies, please contact me NOW -- email@example.com. The powers that be have asked me to compile all outstanding order information to send to them by Thursday, December 15, at which point everything will be fulfilled.
New Streisand Crowdrise Charity Contest
Just received this official announcement:
Could Barbra's Fans Be The Most Generous? (We think so!). From today, Barbra will be joining 11 other celebrities who are competing to win a $25,000 prize for their chosen charity. In Barbra's case – the beneficiary of the contest is the Women’s Heart Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Last October, Barbra launched an online fundraising campaign to raise $5 million to benefit The Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education Program. Fans were invited to donate online using ‘Crowdrise’ – a fun website which incorporates fundraising with social networking, crowdsourcing and contests.
Starting today - December 14th – Crowdrise is joining forces with Mozilla/Firefox – one of the biggest online search engines – to help 12 celebrities get exposure for their charities. Barbra is one of those celebrities.
Whichever celebrity raises the MOST money – between December 14th and January 11th will win a $25,000 donation from Mozilla/Firefox, which will benefit their chosen charity. We hope it’s Barbra!
How can you help?
Please share the following link with all your friends and family. Post on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Help in any way you can. Any donation, whether it be big or small, will help benefit “The Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education Program.”
Even better, if you make a donation of $31 or more – you’ll automatically be entered into a draw to win a SIGNED copy of Barbra’s book “My Passion For Design.”
Don’t forget – Heart Disease is the top cause of death in women in the World! It kills more women in the USA than all cancers combined, despite being labelled as a ‘man’s disease’. Every donation made will benefit this very worthy cause… and will continue to help support the research of this deadly disease.
On behalf of Barbra – Thank You, from the bottom of her heart.
December 1, 2011
Barbra's Speech at TEDxWomen
Watch Barbra's wonderful speech from earlier today ...
Barbra's Grammy Noms
She was nominated in the following categories for the Grammy Awards:
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
- Duets II — Tony Bennett & Various Artists [Columbia Records]
- The Gift — Susan Boyle [Syco Music/Columbia Records]
- In Concert On Broadway — Harry Connick Jr. [Columbia Records]
- Music Is Better Than Words — Seth MacFarlane [Universal Republic]
- What Matters Most - Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan And Marilyn Bergman — Barbra Streisand [Columbia Records]
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
- Ao Mar Vince Mendoza, arranger (Vince Mendoza) Track from: Nights On Earth [HORIZONTAL]
- Moon Over Bourbon Street Rob Mathes, arranger (Sting & The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra) Track from: Sting Live In Berlin [Deutsche Grammophon]
- On Broadway Kevin Axt, Ray Brinker, Trey Henry, Christian Jacob & Tierney Sutton, arrangers (The Tierney Sutton Band) Track from: American Road [BFM Jazz]
- Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) Jorge Calandrelli, arranger (Tony Bennett & Queen Latifah) Track from: Duets II [RPM/Columbia Records]
- The Windmills Of Your Mind William A. Ross, arranger (Barbra Streisand) Track from: What Matters Most - Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan And Marilyn Bergman [Columbia Records]
In related news, it's interesting that the song “Barbra Streisand” was nominated for Best Dance Recording by the group Duck Sauce.
The 54th Grammy Awards will be held February 12 at 8:00 pm and will air on CBS.
November 28, 2011
Streisand to Perform for IDF Troops Benefit
CONFIRMED: Marty Erlichman's office just confirmed Barbra Streisand will be performing a few special songs, along with David Foster and friends at the charity event for the FIDF on December 8, 2011 at the Century Plaza hotel.
(We hear unofficially that Barbra will close the evening with three songs ...)
The event is billed as: “Celebrating 30 years of making a difference in the lives of Israel's brave soldiers at the Friends of the Israel Deference Forces Western Region 2011 Gala.”
Barbra Streisand has top billing; David Foster & Friends to perform; Jason Alexander is the Master of Ceremonies.
Barbra Streisand to introduce presentation by MD pioneering discoveries about gender differences in heart disease
Official Press Release:
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, will address thousands of women attending more than 100 TEDxWomen events around the world during the TEDWomen conference on Thursday, Dec. 1. Barbra Streisand -- the legendary actress, singer and women’s advocate -- is scheduled to introduce Bairey Merz, director of the Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. Bairey Merz will discuss how the mentorship of women physicians inspired her to focus on uncovering gender differences in symptoms and treatment of heart disease and why women should push for more research. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide and often is misdiagnosed in women.
WHAT: Barbra Streisand will introduce C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, who will address the TEDWomen Conference, a bi-coastal live webcast of presentations about leading-edge ideas for women. The conference is produced and curated by the Paley Center for Media and hosted by Pat Mitchell. Presentations will be live-streamed via the Internet to more than 100 TEDx Women events around the globe.
WHEN: Dr. Bairey Merz is scheduled to speak around 11:15 am PST on Thursday, Dec. 1.
WHERE: The day’s events may be viewed via live stream at http://www.livestream.com/tedxwomen. To participate in the conversation via Twitter, use hashtag: #TEDxWomen. WHO: Bairey Merz, director of the Women’s Heart Center of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, is available for interviews. The center provides risk assessment, diagnosis and heart disease care at the hospital ranked among the top 15 in the nation for Heart and Heart Surgery by U.S. News and World Report. The center is designed to help women reduce their chances of heart disease through a preventive approach, including state-of-the-art testing.
Funny Girl Costumes On Auction
On June 18, 2011, the first auction of the legendary Debbie Reynolds Collection set numerous Guinness World Records with sales in excess of $22 Million Dollars. Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is proud to announce the auction of the Debbie Reynolds Collection Part II on December 3 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.
Two Barbra Streisand costumes from the Funny Girl film will be auctioned on December 3rd—the Irene Sharaff-designed sailor outfit that Streisand wore while singing “I'm The Greatest Star,” as well as her Swan Lake ballet costume.
November 23, 2011
Streisand Honors Karan
On November 18th, Barbra Streisand presented Donna Karan with the Founders Award at the 10th Annual Celebration of Dreams benefit.
Barbra said of her close friend, “Donna doesn’t just dress people, she addresses them, mind, body and spirit. She is a creative visionary. Passionate. Forceful. Nurturing. Extremely hands on. And generous to a fault. You can’t help falling in love with her. As a friend, Donna is thoughtful, funny and mothering – she can’t help herself. Years ago, I fell in love with a chenille sweater from Anne Klein. It turned out the fabric was highly flammable. I didn’t care. I even offered to sign a legal waiver should the sweater catch on fire. But Donna said, absolutely not, give it back. She wouldn’t take the chance. Donna doesn’t know I still have that sweater.”
“Donna and I bonded immediately. We were both on spiritual paths and saw everyone, including driving upstate to see Guru Mai for a 15 minute visit that turned into three hours of sitting in the dark. Donna and I even schlepped to Massachusetts to learn to meditate with Deepak Chopra. We were soul sisters.”
“One of the things Donna and I have most in common is our passion for positive change. How to use our voice and creativity to get something done. How to use our platforms and public profiles to bring attention to urgent matters. Every year, we attend the Clinton Global Initiative, where Bill Clinton brings people together to create change. Trust me, few people motivate you more than Bill Clinton. We leave the CGI, inspired to do whatever we can to make a difference.”
“It is most fitting that The Dream Foundation is honoring her. Donna dreams big, and keeps at it until it becomes a reality. Donna dreams for you, for me, for all of us. She brings people and their dreams together.”
November 18, 2011
As we approach the Holiday Season and 2011 comes to a close, we have 2012 to look forward to. By all signs, 2012 looks to be a very busy year for Barbra Streisand!
Streisand will return to the Silver Screen in a starring role in a film that is either titled My Mother's Curse or Guilt Trip (Paramount is still deciding) — a road trip comedy co-starring Seth Rogen. The film has had a handful of screenings in the Los Angeles area over the last couple of months. The screening audiences that attend are sworn to secrecy about what they saw, but a few people have emailed me and told me generally wonderful things about the film, especially that Seth Rogen and Streisand have great chemistry and that Barbra is very good in it. Paramount originally booked the film for March 2012, then moved it to November 2012. Neither the title nor the release date looks set in stone yet. Stay tuned.
There are no new developments on Gypsy, the movie version of the Laurents/Styne/Sondheim musical starring Streisand as Rose. All the rumors I've heard—if they're to be trusted—say that the film is on track and that Streisand is putting her production together (and I've even heard that Streisand performed the score for her team and she was amazing). I've heard rumors of Academy Award-winning directors and co-stars (not Anne Hathaway as Gypsy! Think more Black Swan-ish ...), but, again, without any official announcements or start date, they're just rumors. Last we heard, Gypsy would start filming in Spring 2012.
There's been no official announcement about Barbra resigning with Columbia Records—just this story from July about her negotiations. 2012, however, is her official 50th anniversary with Columbia, which she signed with in October 1962. There has been a 3-CD “rarities” set planned for several years to celebrate the occasion, as well as DVD releases (like the International Hotel concert from 1969) rumored as well. Apparently, Columbia wants an all-star Duets album from her, too ... we'll see how that plays out.
Streisand tends to concert tour when film projects fall through or get postponed.
And you never know what direction that Ryan Murphy-helmed movie version of The Normal Heart will take ...
November 10, 2011
Elle Streisand Cover For Sale Online
ELLE Magazine has made the November 2011 issue featuring Barbra Streisand on the cover available online for sale.
Note that ELLE has printed a special limited edition cover, on sale for one week only.
November 9, 2011
Streisand Honored by Cedars-Sinai
Last night, Barbra Streisand and Robert Barth were honored by the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors at their annual Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. The Gala was hosted by Seth Rogen, and included a performance by Marvin Hamlisch.
Here's video from the evening:
October 19, 2011
Streisand on Sue Mengers
Allison Waldman secured a comment from Streisand about the death of her friend and former agent, Sue Mengers. Today, through her publicist, Barbra Streisand said of Ms. Mengers: “She was one of a kind, acerbically funny, witty, brash, tough but cuddly, a powerful woman in a man's world.”
October 18, 2011
Streisand at 18th Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Tribute
(Above: Brolin and Streisand arrive; Below: Streisand and Jennifer Anniston)
Here's some of the AP story:
Nine women were honored at Elle magazine's Women in Hollywood event, yet all were dazzled by one lady in particular.
Barbra Streisand wowed her fellow honorees and an audience of Hollywood insiders Monday night at the 18th annual celebration of the industry's leading ladies. Actresses such as Michelle Pfeiffer, Viola Davis, Evan Rachel Wood, Freida Pinto and Naomi Watts said before the ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel that Streisand has inspired them, and the love fest continued throughout the private dinner.
Jennifer Aniston told the 69-year-old entertainer that she loved her, and Pinto said on stage that "sharing the same oxygen" as Streisand was an incredible birthday gift. The actress turns 27 Tuesday.
"You're a legend not only in Hollywood but literally all over the world," the "Slumdog Millionaire" star told Streisand. "I can say that because I come from India."
She said Streisand's song "Putting it Together" is "like a reality check that every girl that wants to get into this big entertainment industry needs to listen to."
"That was a truly inspirational song, so thank you so much for that," Pinto said.
Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow introduced Streisand as "a world icon" and "somebody who has mastered virtually every art form imaginable: directing, acting, composing, singing, producing, writing."
Streisand returned the love in kind, congratulating her fellow honorees, which included Pfeiffer, Davis, Wood, Pinto, Watts, Aniston, actress Elizabeth Olsen and DreamWorks Studios chief Stacey Snider.
"They're all so charming, so well spoken, and so thin," Streisand said, adding, "I ate the chocolate cake."
Streisand said that only seven percent of the top 250 films were directed by women and she urged her colleagues to be fearless about moving forward in the entertainment industry.
"Let's be bold and don't wait for the phone to ring," she said. "Create your own material. Tell me a story."
“My Name is Barbra Streisand ... and I'm an Actor.”
Make sure you check out the full-length Elle video featuring interviews with their Women in Hollywood actresses, including Streisand—who shares memories of seeing Marlon Brando on the movie screen, and also her favorite lines from movies. Barbra takes off her curls near the end (she's doing an homage to Sarah Bernhardt with them) and shows us a smooth-haired look, too! Gorgeous!
October 17, 2011
Sue Mengers Dies
According to the L.A. Times, “Sue Mengers, a veteran talent agent who blazed a path for women in Hollywood and represented some of its biggest stars, died Saturday night at her Beverly Hills home after a long illness. She was 79.”
“For two decades,” the L.A. Times writes, “Mengers was one of the entertainment industry's most powerful agents, rising fast in a business dominated by men. She earned a reputation as a skilled negotiator and tough adversary. And she had a knack for putting together packages of talent -- including authors, directors and stars -- that produced box office blockbusters.”
Streisand fans will recognize Mengers name because she was Barbra's agent in the Seventies and Eighties.
Mengers put together the all-star team of Ryan O'Neal, Streisand, and Peter Bogdanovich for What's Up, Doc?
Nikki Finke at Deadline/Hollywood writes: “It was [David] Begelman who gave Mengers her biggest client. For a decade and a half, Sue Mengers and Barbra Streisand became Hollywood’s most famous pairing. Their rise to prominence was inextricably linked in everyone’s mind. Their relationship went far beyond the bonds of mere agenting. There was an immediate and total kinship. Both had strong personalities they used to mask the scared insecure girls hiding within. In the meantime, Mengers had befriended Elliott Gould and, through Gould, had met Barbra. Begelman acceeded to Mengers’ pleas to handle Streisand. It served both women well. Mengers had a gut feeling of knowing when to push her clients into projects, and when to ask the moguls to pay for the moon. In 1971, she sold the romantic farce What’s Up, Doc? to Warner Bros, packaging Bogdonavich with Streisand and O’Neal. ”
Mengers brought the script for an updated version of A Star is Born to Streisand and Jon Peters.
Mengers told Vanity Fair that she first saw Streisand on stage in 1961 in Another Evening with Harry Stoones. “When I saw her walk out on the stage I thought, It sure takes a lot of balls for a mieskayt like that to get up in front of people and perform. It was only later, after the Morris office got ahold of her and 'fluffed' her, that I saw how beautiful she could be.”
Much was written about the breakup of the agent/client team Sue Mengers and Barbra Streisand as a result of All Night Long. Mengers revealed that the film “caused a lot of strain between Barbra and Jon [Peters]. Because it was the first thing Barbra had done where Jon wasn’t involved. He liked to get producer credit—and this one announced to the industry: She’s a free agent. Producers didn’t feel, ‘Omigod, if I bring that script to Streisand, I’ll have to bring in Jon Peters.’”
Mengers was very angry when Streisand told her she was leaving, “because I felt I had been an impeccable agent for her. And [Barbra] then said, ‘But we can still be friends!’ My reaction was anger: ‘Of course we can’t be friends. You’ve rejected what I do, you’ve announced to the world I’m not good enough.’ And her reaction was: ‘Oh my god, she only cares about me if I’m her client.’ She couldn’t understand, and it hurt her for a long time. I don’t think we talked for over three years. For me it was not just, ‘Oh, well, I’ve lost a client,’ which would upset me under any circumstances. But Barbra was and is very special to me. She was the jewel in the crown. Not only did I love her, I was proud to be representing her. While I was working with her it was the joy of my life, even though she never expresses gratitude or even acknowledgment of anything you may achieve. It’s such a thin line an agent walks between friendship and a work relationship. You can never forget, no matter how close you are to a client, you’re the employee.”
Despite a few years of an estrangement, Mengers and Streisand did become friends again. “My biggest contribution was nagging her,” Mengers told Vanity Fair. “She has no need for constant employment like other stars. I used to be flattered when she would ask my advice about some artistic problem she was having, until I found her one day talking to the gardener about the same thing. When Barbra works she becomes obsessive and it's the only thing she is able to focus on. I think that's why she doesn't do it as much as the rest of us would like her to. It's just too exhausting. She has less 'star mentality' in regards to What's- the-next-hot-project?-Get-me-a-role-in-it than anybody I've ever dealt with.”
October 16, 2011
Streisand at Clinton Birthday Concert
Barbra Streisand and James Brolin attended The William J. Clinton Foundation's Decade of Difference concert, celebrating ten years of the Foundation along with the former president's 65th birthday.
Streisand appeared in the opening pre-recorded video which was shown before Stevie Wonder took the stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Calif. [You can watch the entire concert at Yahoo.com. Streisand appears at about 1:22 and 1:50.]
October 13, 2011
Several Streisand fans have found the November 2011 issue of Elle on newsstands already.
However ... I can show you the big, full-page photo by Art Streiber that appears inside the magazine:
The two-page interview includes these gems:
- Memories about working with Barbra from Dustin Hoffman, Ryan O'Neal, Kris Kristofferson, Jeff Bridges.
- On the acress Sarah Bernhardt: “I have her self-portrait in bronze. She was very instrumental in politics in terms of the Dreyfus Affair. Standing up for Alfred Dreyfus. It was an anti-Semitic political thing. She had her own theater. She ran things. The way I work, the kind of all-consuming thing I do when I direct movies, I get very involved in all the details, down to the actor's haircuts. Reading about her I feel a kind of affinity, like I did with Fanny Brice in a way.”
- About being proud of her son, Jason, Streisand says: “He's 44—he looks 32. We have good genes, somehow; we look younger than we are. He's writing music, which is beautiful. He was always too shy to sing, but now he's singing and he's amazing.”
Although Jennifer Anniston appears on some of the Elle November 2011 covers, Streisand does, too ... her cover image is below (leaning against the column).
October 6, 2011
Streisand In Elle
Barbra will be featured in November's Elle magazine, on newsstands October 17th. Here's a preview of one of the photos .... Hello, gorgeous! We hear that there will be different versions of the magazine circulated and that Streisand will have her own Elle cover ... along with Jennifer Anniston and others. Elle's website says: We shot Barbra Streisand in a hat and spectacles in her Malibu estate; there, Streisand said she hopes to one day write a biopic on French actress Sarah Bernhardt.
On how Warren Beatty got her to sing at a fundraiser for presidential candidate George McGovern: “Warren and I met when I was 15 years old. I was babysitting for my acting teacher, and it was Warren’s first summer of stock. Can you imagine, he asked if I would cue him! That’s the closest I ever got to a casting couch, not that I could get a part! I saw him a month ago. We’re always, 'I can’t get over it. Here we are. We were both nobodies!'”
On her career: “I don’t get a lot of offers to either direct or act. I’m still a kind of threatening object. I was offered They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, but you had to dance through the whole movie—I got tired just reading the script. I was offered Klute, but I was seeing someone at the time and didn’t want to work. I was offered Julia, but I was editing A Star Is Born. As I say to Jane Fonda, ‘I’m responsible for your career.’ Because I turned down those movies and she got them and she was wonderful in them. Now people want me for a specific role.”
Barbra Streisand wears clothes from her closet, including a shirt and vest from Mr. Alex Custom Shirtmaker, Beverly Hills, jewelry by Sheryl Lowe Designs, and shoes by Chanel.
Photo: Art Streiber; styled by Ms. Streisand.
September 28, 2011
Barbra Tweets Lea
Check out this cute Twitter exchange between Barbra Streisand and Lea (Glee) Michele.
They're tweeting about the Mattel Barbra Streisand Barbie doll, of course.
Streisand to be Honored by Elle
Barbra Streisand will be honored with the L'Oréal Paris Legend Award at the 18th annual Elle Women in Hollywood Celebration. The event, held by the fashion magazine to honor women's achievements in film, will be held Oct. 17 at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills Hotel. [original story at USA Today]. Look for an upcoming fashion spread in Elle Magazine.
September 23, 2011
Barbra Talks & Is Talked About
- Roger Friedman's Showbiz 411 column says “Barbra Streisand and James Brolin were surprise guests last night at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual dinner and awards event at the Sheraton.” Barbra's future recording projects came up—“Streisand was so wowed by the couple, particularly Sting, that she told me later she wants the British rocker on her next album of duets. ‘I think our voices would go well together,’ Barbra said.” Also: “... she’s so impressed with Tony Bennett's new Duets II album that she wants to do one of her own.”
- Seth Rogen is talking about working with Streisand on the upcoming mother/son road trip movie, My Mother's Curse (renamed Guilt Trip) to the Washington Post. He told them, “It goes against every type of instinct you would think I would have, to do a movie like that with Barbra Streisand. It’s not dirty. There’s no swearing in it. But to me, an exploration of the mother-son dynamic in that way was something I had never seen before.” On working with Streisand, he said: “It was great. She was really fun, honestly.” When asked whether she had seen any of Rogen’s movies, he said: “I think she watched ‘Knocked Up,’ she said. And ‘Pineapple Express’ she actually really liked, which was surprising to me.” Then he launched into this gem of an anecdote: “She’s a huge movie fan. We could talk about movies all day. She actually watches movies. Like she had never seen, ‘Coming to America,’ and so I told her she should watch it. And the next day she came to work and she had watched ‘Coming to America.’ And she loved it. It was really — she’s like, ‘Did Eddie Murphy really play all those guys in the barbershop?’ It was funny having the ‘Coming to America’ conversation 15 years after the fact, but that’s what it was. Yeah, we got along really, really well.”
- Here at Barbra Archives, I've been spending some time updating the RECORDS section—specifically the Streisand Discography. I've scanned larger versions of Streisand album art, picture sleeves, and lyric sheets with the idea that the original LPs are historic in this age of CDs and MP3 downloads. So check out these pages, as examples:
September 21, 2011
- Streisand has returned from her holiday in St. Tropez. Husband James Brolin and actress Rosanna Arquette were there, too—and little Samantha, of course! Paparazzi captured Arquette and Streisand in their hats (hope their holiday wasn't spoiled by them!)
- Barbra's back in New York City, attending sessions of the Clinton Global Initiative 2011. CGI works to “alleviate poverty, create a cleaner environment, and increase access to health care and education.”
- Clinton, by the way, has a big 65th birthday celebration coming up, as well as “A Decade of Difference” concert at the Hollywood Bowl on October 15th. According to the press release: “[the concert] will feature special performances by Lady Gaga, Usher, and a rare acoustic performance by The Edge and Bono, as well as additional artists to be announced. The concert will be held at the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA and will be broadcast live only on Yahoo! (http://clintonconcert.yahoo.com).” Streisand is not billed as a headliner, but we hear she may participate in some fashion.
- Here at Barbra-Archives last week I posted a new, exclusive interview with record producer Gary Klein. He produced Streisand's albums Superman, Songbird, and Wet. Read it here.
- Glee continues its homages to Streisand ... Last night's season premiere of Glee featured Lea Michele and Chris Colfer's characters singing a note-for-note version of the Peter Matz-arranged song “Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead” which was recorded as a duet by Streisand and Harold Arlen in 1966. It originally appeared on Arlen's Columbia Records album Harold Sings Arlen ... with Friend and was reissued on Streisand's 2002 Duets album.
- On A Clear Day You Can See Forever screening! This is very exciting ... Brooklyn Academy of Music has let me know they will be screening ON A CLEAR DAY on October 24 as part of their complete Vincente Minnelli retrospective. This will not be a DVD projection of the film, but a rare 35mm archive print (Paramount has no circulating 35 prints of the film in existence now) so this is something of an event. Read more about it here. I am a huge fan of this film and have detailed all the cut scenes and musical numbers on this website. If possible, I'll be there!!
September 13, 2011
Happy Birthday, Marty!
Today is Marty Erlichman's birthday. Congratulations, Marty!
Marty, as most of you may know, has been Barbra's manager and representative since 1961.
“I had gone down to the Bon Soir to check out an old friend of mine, the comedian Phil Leeds,” Marty told Vanity Fair. “This was back in 1961. Phil had been blacklisted by all that McCarthy stuff in the fifties and had just been reissued his cabaret card. I went to check out his material, but out walked this eighteen-year-old singer as his opening act. She sang five songs and I had chills through all of them. She already had representation, so I sort of kept my distance at first. But three months later I was out in San Francisco and I got a call. She was playing some club in Detroit and was only making $150 a week. She wanted $200 a week plus dinners. Her agent wasn't helping her out, so she remembered I wanted to represent her. She called and told me her problem. 'But I can't pay you any commission,' she warned me. I got on the first plane to Detroit and worked out a deal. The owners— a pair of brothers—only offered her $175 and no dinners. I told them behind her back I'd pay them the twenty-five-dollar difference if they'd throw in the dinners, which is what happened. The brothers said to me, 'Let us get this straight. You flew here at your own expense so you could pay us twenty-five dollars and you're not even her manager? You must really believe this girl is going to be a star.' I sure as hell did.”
September 9, 2011
I'm back from my vacation with all the latest Barbra Streisand news surrounding her new album and more. Links & info are below ...
- STREISAND'S “WHAT MATTERS MOST” ALBUM DEBUTS IN BILLBOARD TOP 10, HER 31st TOP 10 CHARTING, MOVING HER PAST THE BEATLES INTO THIRD PLACE IN THAT HONOR. The debut of Barbra Streisand's new Columbia album, What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman at Number Four on the Billboard ratings announced today marks the CD as her 31st album to chart in the Top 10, moving her into third place among all recording artists in that category of achievement. With today’s placement, Streisand passes the Beatles to the number three position behind only Frank Sinatra and The Rolling Stones. The new CD's ranking extends her lead over all female artists and acts in number of Top Tens. She is also the top-selling female performer in total album sales in the United States with over 71 million according the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America.) Barbra Streisand is the only recording artist to have achieved Number One albums in five consecutive decades. Read more here.
- BBC Radio 2's documentary/interview with Barbra Streisand, with questions by lyricist Don Black (“As If We Never Said Goodbye”) is fascinating and well-done. You can listen to it online here.
- Celia Walden of The Telegraph interviews Streisand at her home about the new album. Read the interview here.
- AP's interview with Streisand mentions a tour and Gypsy. Read it here.
- Streisand in New York ... Last week, New York Post reported: Donna Karan put her four beach mansions at her dazzling $20 million East Hampton compound to good use last weekend by throwing a party for Barbra Streisand. As The Post revealed, she’s added another home to the ritzy retreat. Karan hosted a soiree for the singer with guests including Anjelica Huston, Jack Nicholson, Calvin and Kelly Klein, Bruce Weber, Sally Hershberger and Jane and Terry Semel. Streisand stayed in one of Karan’s oceanfront abodes.
- Streisand Meets Howard Stern ... Probably at the Donna Karan party mentioned above. On his radio show, Stern said, “We really hit it off. It was terrific. We were at a friend’s home — a mutual friend — and the friend said ‘Barbra really wants to talk to you. She wants to meet you.’…There was an introduction and we started talking and we sat down and we kept the conversation going for over an hour…a fascinating woman.” Read all about it here.
- Book of Mormon Sighting ... A New Yorker alerted Barbra Archives: “I had the privilege of seeing Barbra and James in the audience at the Tuesday September 7 performance of the Book of Mormon. She looked great. Very slim and youthful looking. Anyone thinking she is too old to play Mama Rose is crazy based on how well she looks in person. While people were buzzing that she was there I didn't see anyone bothering her. She and James were on the right side of the theater on the aisle with James on the aisle and Barbra one seat in. What a great extra to happen at a terrific show.”
- All About Barbra Magazine #71 ... The newest issue of this UK-published magazine that's been publishing since the 1980s is coming out soon. Issue 71 is a collector's DOUBLE cover issue! Inside you'll find: What Matters Most - New CD reviews and news + another great article by Barbra's personal A&R man Jay Landers! One Voice - Celebrating 25 years! A Star Is Born - Part 2 of a backstage concert article. Guilt Trip - Latest news and pics! Barbra Timeline - the 1970's. And, as always, news round up, rare pictures and in-depth articles all about Barbra! Order now here.
- Film producer Jay Weston reviews What Matters Most over at Huffington Post, and drops a few Hollywood stories about Streisand, including his memories of a failed film version of the Frank Loesser musical Most Happy Fella (“Warm All Over” is from that show). Weston wrote: “I signed film director Irv Kershner to do it, he having done the best of the Star Wars movies, The Empire Strikes Back, as well as a film with Barbra. Kersh had a brilliant casting coup lined up, probably the most spectacular I have ever heard. He got Frank Sinatra to agree to play Tony, the vineyard owner who sees and falls in love with the San Francisco hash-house waitress, with Barbra portraying her. Then Kersh convinced Col. Parker to let Elvis Presley play Joe, the foreman of the winery where Barbra comes to wed Tony. The triangle love affair, with that wonderful musical score, almost happened... until Frank refused to play it without his toupee and Kersh would not do it with him wearing it. True story.”
August 24, 2011
Re: Barbra-Archives until Sept. 9th
Just a note to all the Barbra-Archives readers ... I'm away on vacation without internet access until around Sept. 9th. I won't be able to do updates to the site during this time. I'll catch up when I return.
I hope everyone is enjoying the new album—and hopefully there will be good news next week about how it charts!
August 23, 2011
“By the Way ...”
Regarding Streisand's look in that Elle video promo for the new album (and what looks like a forthcoming fashion shoot with them — the room they filmed this in is actually Barbra's house! See page 136 of MY PASSION FOR DESIGN — It's “The Federal Lounge” room. You can tell by the rounded back on the couch and the drapes behind it) ... it is the Funny Girl peacock costume (worn in the “add-a-pearl” scene in the film) seen below in Barbra's 1967 costume test photo.
I'm so excited for whatever this is!
Happening at Starbucks + Album Release Day!
In the U.S. today, Streisand fans can purchase (or receive delivery of!) the new album, What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan & Marilyn Bergman.
I managed to visit Starbucks on my lunch break and watched the 25-minute MusiCares concert that they are streaming over their Digital Network (make sure you click on the “Entertainment” tab once you've logged in at your local Starbucks store).
It's all of Streisand's segment of the concert, including her patter. She opens with her "hits" medley; sings “Make Someone Happy”; then introduces the two Bergman songs, “Windmills of Your Mind” and “I'll Never Say Goodbye.”
Also ... Starbucks is selling a special digipak/cardboard version of the CD (#88697941942) in their stores which contains the new 10 tracks + 3 previously-released tracks: The Way We Were, You Don't Bring Me Flowers (with Neil Diamond), and What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? Yes, the Starbucks version contains the 24-page booklet.
Meanwhile, Barnes & Nobles stores have free Barbra bookmarks!
I hope everyone is enjoying this amazingly-sung, new CD from Barbra.
P.S. How much do we LOVE this photo of Barbra on the new CD?? It's an outtake from the Terry Richardson sitting Streisand did for Harper's Bazaar.
Here's the published shot from HB ...
And here's a sweet video from Lily, set to the song “Something New in My Life” from the new album ....
August 22, 2011
Streisand Looking Gorgeous at Elle
Wow! Hello, gorgeous! Streisand speaks about the new album in an exclusive video at Elle.com.
(Was Streisand posing for Elle here??)
August 18, 2011
Streisand Talks Future Projects
Check out the new Streisand interview in 8/19's edition of USA Today. In it, she talks Funny Girl/Lauren Ambrose, Gypsy, and more.
Among the highlights:
- About Gypsy ... “We just have to find our team and a writer. It's too bad, because I was looking forward to working with Arthur [Laurents — who died earlier this year]. I had seen him a few months before that, and he seemed so strong and healthy.”
- About Lauren Ambrose as Fanny Brice in the new Funny Girl revival ... “I saw a clip on YouTube of her singing My Man. But it was uptempo, so I couldn't judge it. It doesn't matter because she doesn't sing it in the show.”
- Other Projects ... A duets album with Seal and Beyoncé as singing partners! Barbra says, “The timing will depend on whether I do (concert) dates, and if and when I do Gypsy.”
August 17, 2011
“Mother's Curse” Moved From March to November, Now “Guilt Trip”
Box Office Mojo is reporting that Paramount has chosen to move the release date of My Mother's Curse (Barbra's upcoming road comedy with Seth Rogen) from March 30, 2012 to November 2, 2012, probably to take advantage of the Holiday box office.
Although not officially confirmed, it looks like the title of the movie has been changed to Guilt Trip.
Discuss amongst yourselves ....
Streisand as Rose in a new film version of Gypsy is the most exciting news I've heard in a long time. As Streisand herself said, Gypsy would be a “bookend” to her film debut in Funny Girl back in 1968. The thought of Streisand in a big-budget, Oscar-worthy, crowd-pleasing, big screen musical is .... overwhelmingly exciting!
Nothing official has been announced lately about Gypsy. As one film fan mentioned recently, “developing a film is not a spectator sport!” And Streisand, producer Joel Silver, and Universal (who is co-financing the film with Warner Bros.) have been tight-lipped about the status of Gypsy.
The most recent and fact-filled information about Gypsy was back in May ...
- Gypsy film producer Joel Silver told the New York Times that writer Arthur Laurents gave his blessing (and his signature) to the film version of Gypsy before he died, calling for the film to be “substantially similar” to the stage musical. “I last spoke to Arthur in April,” Silver said, “brought him up to speed on everything, and then I think I surprised him a little by asking him to make the movie with me. I felt that he understood ‘Gypsy’ better than anyone, and that he understood Barbra, since he cast her in her first big musical, ‘I Can Get It for You Wholesale.’ And he said yes. We were talking about him coming out to L.A. in May.” Silver revealed he was closing the deal with Streisand to star, and that filming would begin Spring 2012.
Here's the latest information about Gypsy. Please note this is mostly unconfirmed (but well-placed) rumors:
- Screenplay? Barbra, apparently, was working on the Gypsy script while wrapping My Mother's Curse last month.
- Director? No director has been announced yet ... it's rumored that two “big” directors are interested. [Educated guesses: Rob Marshall—he just had a big hit for Disney with the Pirates movie ... Spielberg's dance card looks pretty full at the moment, what with Warhorse coming out this Winter—how amazing would a Spielberg musical starring Streisand be?! ... Scorsese directed one of my favorite film musicals, New York, New York and would be an interesting choice for Gypsy as well, although IMDB lists upcoming projects in 2013 ... then there's interesting choices like Mildred Pierce's Todd Haynes, who would probably direct a moody, period-detailed version of the musical.]
- Cast? Again, nothing official has been announced. Strongly rumored for the role of “Gypsy” is Anne Hathaway, who has a lovely singing voice and is physically right for the tomboy-turned-stripper. Tom Hanks and John Travolta have been mentioned for “Herbie.” Casting will fall into place after the director commits.
Here's hoping that Barbra will be asked a couple of questions about Gypsy while doing press for What Matters Most and My Mother's Curse.
August 15, 2011
Upcoming Press/Promotions for the New Album
- Barbra Streisand and the Bergmans will appear on CBS Sunday Morning next Sunday, August 21. The interview was filmed at Streisand's home last Wednesday.
- Thursday, August 18, 19:15 on BBC Radio 4. Mark Lawson talks to veteran American husband-and-wife lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman about their long association with Barbra Streisand, which includes songs written for her new album What Matters Most. BBC Radio 4.
- August 23-30. In February 2011, Barbra performed at the MusiCares benefit gala. Only a lucky few witnessed this historic event... UNTIL NOW! Visit a Starbucks location between August 23-30 with your WiFi-enabled laptop or mobile device to watch Barbra perform songs from her new album What Matters Most in the Entertainment channel of the Starbucks Digital Network. From there, you'll be able to see Barbra perform some of her greatest hits plus two songs from What Matters Most which she's never before sung live... right from your own mobile device and only in Starbucks.. More info & video preview.
TV Guide “Windmills” MusiCares Footage
TV Guide has new video up here.
August 11, 2011
AARP Gets Barbra
AARP has an interview with Marilyn and Alan Bergman about Barbra's new album of their songs, including the story behind “That Face” (see video below).
Here's the video:
August 4, 2011
The Bergmans Write about Barbra
... over at The Huffington Post. You can read the original here.
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To hear Barbra Streisand sing a song we've written is to know why we chose to become writers.
She always gets exactly what we mean in a lyric. And more. The actor that she is, the director that she is, the singer that she is gets it. And more. Shadings, feelings, nuances emerge that never fail to surprise and thrill us. How do you sing a question mark? A smile? How do you sing the text and sub-text of a song while never sacrificing musicality for meaning or meaning for musicality? Never choosing style over substance or substance over style?
She was eighteen-years-old when we first saw her. Appearing at a club in New York's Greenwich Village. She stepped on the small stage in an outfit of her own creation: a full-sleeved white chiffon blouse, a vest and long skirt of menswear herringbone. An original. Everything about her was original. Then she sang, "My Name Is Barbara" (a song of Leonard Bernstein's). The sound of her was unique. The beauty of her was unique. Everything was within her and before her.
We met backstage that first night. She had a tiny dressing room which she shared with Phyllis Diller (who was the headliner). One of us asked, "Do you know how wonderful you are?" She didn't answer, but she had to know. You can't be that wonderful and not know. That was 50 years ago. We've never been out of each other's lives since then.
Two years ago the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences had an evening in tribute to us. Quincy Jones was the host. Many friends and colleagues took part in it. Michel Legrand came from Paris. Dave Grusin came from Santa Fe. John Williams from Boston, Marvin Hamlisch from New York and Barbra. We talked informally with Quincy and Barbra for a short while and Barbra quite suddenly announced: "My next CD is going to be a tribute to you guys." We were speechless!
Not too long after, she began thinking about which songs she would include (she's already recorded over 50 songs of ours). She knew she wanted to do songs that she'd never sung before. She asked us to make a list for her consideration. Then her work of selecting, conceptualizing, singing began. Perhaps unconsciously, creating a dramatic context for herself for each song, as an actress would for a character or a scene.
Once she decided on the songs, with the brilliant orchestrator Bill Ross, the arrangement, the musical environment for each song was decided upon. Then came the most focused, careful work at her recording space which she calls "Grandma's house" -- a small cottage on the grounds of her Malibu home. Rehearsing, discovering the songs.
Finally, the day of the first session arrives. The eponymous Streisand Scoring Stage at Sony Studios was filled with Hollywood's finest musicians. The familiar sounds of setting up, tuning up and chatter in anticipation of the first downbeat and Barbra's arrival. She walks into the studio and the air changes. Bill Ross steps onto the podium. The room quiets. There's excitement mixed with respect. It is always an event when Barbra Streisand sings -- even for these musicians who have heard them all.
After the take, the orchestra responds spontaneously. They know we've all just heard a singer at the peak of her artistry.
She will make suggestions to Bill before the next take. They both know how to make it better. And that's what it's about, making it better. These are artists at the top of their game with the same goal: getting it as close to perfect as possible. And so it goes. She did four songs that first day. And five the next session several weeks later.
How many times have we experienced that rare alchemy of words, music, Barbra? It's always as if it were the first time. And now this CD. How to put into words what we feel when we listen to it? Perhaps if there were a melody, we could find the words. It would certainly be a love song.
"Do you know how wonderful you are?"
August 3, 2011
Barbra Archives Reviews “What Matters Most”
by Matt Howe
I've had a chance to listen to Barbra Streisand's new album, What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan & Marilyn Bergman. In fact, I've been listening to it for the last couple of weeks—here's my review.
Streisand's voice is in great shape on WMM. She's either been working out vocally or has taken the time to do warm ups before her recording sessions because her range here is extraordinary. And her belt is back, sounding strong.
I had to play the album a few times for it to grow on me. 2009's Love is the Answer contained such a great collection of nightclub/cabaret standards that it was instantly accessible to me. Much like The Movie Album, Streisand has chosen lesser-known songs by Alan and Marilyn Bergman for WMM, half of them being film songs. I didn't know a lot of these songs, so I did have to listen closely to take them in.
After several listenings, however, WMM has become one of my favorite Streisand albums. Because of the thoughtful and emotional Bergman lyrics, all the songs on this album are sophisticated and heart-felt. For instance, “The Same Hello, The Same Goodbye” is a master class in singing/acting by Streisand ... and another song Streisand has chosen to sing about “those kinds of relationships that are not easily defined.”
The same hello / a smile and then we knew at once that here we are involved again
The same hello / and all the things we said we couldn't bare again are there again ...
I can't deny I've tried another's arms / and maybe you have too
But even lost inside another's arms / I knew it wasn't you ...
The folks at Sony were wise to release “Windmills of Your Mind” and “That Face” early to whet the appetite of ravenous Streisand fans! They are clearly the best tracks on the album. I really appreciated Streisand's very simple arrangement and interpretation of the lyrics on “Windmills”—because there are some weird arrangements of this song out there! (Johnny Mathis, for example, sang it with piano, harpsichord, and harp and it's very trippy.)
I'm a huge fan, though, of “Alone in the World” from Russia House. Chris Botti's moody trumpet really makes this track special. And Streisand's singing of the lullaby-like lyric “sleep inside my arms, kiss the world away, let tomorrow come, let me face the day with you” is just gorgeous.
“Nice ‘n Easy” and “That Face” are the only up-tempo songs on the album. It's so nice to hear Barbra swing. “Nice ‘n Easy” has a sexy point-of-view with Streisand bah-bah-bah-ing on the musical interlude. And “That Face” has a nice arrangement that builds with Streisand whipping herself into a frenzy over that face, that face, that face!
Out of the two bossa nova-styled songs on the album, “Solitary Moon” is my favorite. Effortless, sexy Streisand vocals on that one! “So Many Stars” has a section sung in Portuguese, but doesn't work as well for me as “Solitary Moon.”
“Something New in My Life,” from the 1984 movie Micki and Maude, is my least-favorite song on the album for the simple reason that its melody just doesn't grab my attention.
The closing songs, “I'll Never Say Goodbye” and “What Matters Most” anchor the album to the heart of the Bergmans lyrics. “Goodbye” has an anthemic orchestral arrangement and Streisand really soars (following a great key modulation) after “our music goes on ... on and on ...”
Streisand explained the track “What Matters Most” the best when she said it “was placed last on the record because it's the lingering thought.”
The album comes out August 23—just three weeks away! I'm preaching to the choir, I know, but I really think the Streisand fans out there will enjoy this CD. I still haven't seen the packaging or liner notes (I received only a preview CD), so I'm sure there will be some great photos and words from Streisand to peruse.
But without all the packaging, the proof is in the pudding—or in this case, the music. Streisand's artistry—she's been singing for us for over 50 years—has not lost its luster on What Matters Most. She's singing better than ever. And you must admit that the Bergmans have been a huge part of her recording and film career (Yentl !) ... this album is the perfect expression of the love between them.
July 28, 2011
Hear “So Many Stars”
The New York Times has a new video in which the Bergmans and Ms. Streisand discuss the creation of “Stars” and her decision to sing a portion of it in Portuguese. Also ... the complete track of “So Many Stars”— visit them here.
BJS & RJA on QVC
Richard Jay-Alexander (director of 2006 tour and Village Vanguard show) appeared on QVC this morning and chatted about Barbra Streisand's new album, What Matters Most. QVC offered the Deluxe Edition of the album (2 CDs) along with a bonus DVD [runtime is 21:14] which appears to contain a longer version of the Electronic Press Kit (which is currently streaming on Amazon) and footage of Streisand from MusiCares.
We got a good look at the packaging of the CD (love the photo of Barbra in red on the album!)
What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan & Marilyn Bergman will be released on August 23.
The QVC hosts announced later that over 2000 CDs were sold this morning.
July 26, 2011
EPK at Amazon + QVC on Thursday
Amazon.com has put up the Electronic Press Kit for Barbra Streisand's new studio album, What Matters Most, which is released on August 23rd. Marilyn and Alan Bergman join Streisand at Grandma's House for the interviews.
Also, according to Streisand's official site, there will be a special bonus DVD offered to those who pre-order the album when it appears on the shopping channel QVC this Thursday. The DVD is “an extended filmed piece which takes you ‘behind the scenes’ with Streisand and her long-time friends, Alan & Marilyn Bergman. The DVD also contains photos, interviews, footage of Barbra singing live at the MUSICARES Tribute earlier this year, etc. ”
Meeting Barbra On Set Winner
Make sure you check out this blog with a story (and photo!) about meeting Streisand on the set of My Mother's Curse.
July 21, 2011
RJA on QVC for WMM
Richard Jay-Alexander (Streisand's tour director) will appear on the shopping channel QVC on July 28th between 7 and 9 a.m. EST (QVC® This Morning) to promote Barbra's new album, What Matters Most. Jay-Alexander did the same duties in 2009 when Streisand released her #1 album, Love is the Answer.
Love Interest in “My Mother's Curse”
Many Streisand fans have been trying to figure out who will play Barbra's love interest in her forthcoming movie, My Mother's Curse (release date: March 30, 2012). Barbrafiles have suggested former costars like Robert Redford or Kris Kristofferson ... some even suspected that Barbra's real-life husband James Brolin would be playing “The Cowboy” (which is how the character is described in an earlier draft of the screenplay).
Well .... I've got the answer for you!
First of all, the character's profession has apparently been changed from a cowboy to an oil magnate.
As for who is playing him ....... First I have to offer a SPOILER WARNING for those who don't want to know.
For those who DO want to know ... click here!
July 18, 2011
Guten Tag! I'm back from my summer travels in Germany and have some Streisand news to report ...
Streisand's Negotiations with Columbia
The Hollywood Reporter has an interesting story about Barbra Streisand, her manager Marty Erlichman, and their negotiations with Columbia Records. According to HR:
... the undisputed queen of show tunes and epic orchestral ballads is about to mark her 50th year at the same label, an extraordinary feat matched only by Bennett. But after Streisand renegotiated her contract with the company several times during the past four decades, her current agreement — signed in 1992 and estimated at the time to be worth $60 million — is set to expire with the release of her next album, What Matters Most (out Aug. 23), a collection of songs written by her longtime friends and collaborators Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
To get Streisand to stay could cost Columbia a small fortune — in the vicinity of $20 million for a deal that might include one new album and three reissues, estimates one industry source. But the marketing opportunities for anniversary products and catalog sales are significant, even in the shrinking music business — or so her longtime manager Marty Ehrlichman contends. And that could be reason enough to drive a hard bargain. “I’m not peddling Barbra,” he insists. “I will stay with Columbia unless I can’t make a deal, then I’ll go elsewhere.”
Some insiders, however, point to another view: the difference between perceived and actual value in today’s marketplace. It’s the reason negotiations for Streisand to remain at the label have been described as “heated,” with a source claiming Streisand was pulling a “diva” act. Says Ehrlichman: “It’s a process. [New Sony Music Entertainment CEO] Doug Morris just came in, and we’ve just started negotiating. We’ve been with Columbia since the very beginning. I have no reason to believe we won’t continue to stay there.”
One place they could go: to Morris' former home, Universal Music Group, where Jay Landers, Streisand's longtime producer, is currently a senior vice president of A&R. Says a source: "[Jay] would love to get her away from Sony."
Here's hoping Streisand and Columbia come to an agreement! She signed with Columbia in 1962.
Streisand at BAFTA Bash
William, the Duke of Cambridge, is the president of BAFTA and on July 9 addressed Hollywood luminaries as well as the 42 "Brits to Watch" at Los Angeles' Belasco entertainment complex.
Seated at the royal table were Nicole Kidman, Barbra Streisand, James Brolin and Donna Langley co-chairman of Universal Pictures, Duncan Kenworthy as well as the prince's private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, diplomat Sir David Manning and British consul-general Dame Barbara Hay...
The newlywed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in attendance on the ninth day of their first joint overseas tour visiting Canada and the United States.
By the way, Barbra and James celebrated their wedding anniversary on July 1st! Congratulations to the handsome couple!
Mother's Curse ... It's a Wrap!
Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand shot scenes in and around Caesars Palace and along the Las Vegas Strip for their upcoming cross-country comedy "My Mother's Curse," which was scheduled to wrap production following last week's Vegas location shoot.
Filming started Wednesday, July 13 and ended early Friday, July 16. A marathon shoot took place late Thursday into Friday morning. The film will be released to movie theaters March 30, 2012.
Also ... it looks like filmmakers have managed to keep the actor who is playing “The Cowboy” a secret. Isn't your curiosity piqued?!
“Solitary Moon” on BBC
You can listen to the track “Solitary Moon” from Barbra's forthcoming album, What Matters Most over at the BBC. You'll have to forward to about 1:41:50 in the program to hear it.
June 28, 2011
Complete Track Listing + Official Contest
Here is the in-order track listing for What Matters Most, Barbra Streisand's forthcoming CD (Aug. 23) of songs with lyrics by Marilyn and Alan Bergman. Make sure you check out the free downloads over at Streisand's official site — “That Face” is uptempo, amazing, and has a “You're the Top” kind-of feel .... and “Windmills” is sublime! Barbra a cappella .... wow!
- The Windmills Of Your Mind
- Something New In My Life
- Solitary Moon
- Nice n Easy
- Alone In The World
- So Many Stars
- The Same Hello, The Same Goodbye
- That Face
- I ll Never Say Goodbye
- What Matters Most
The deluxe edition contains a second CD of previously-released Streisand/Bergman songs:
- The Way We Were
- What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?
- You Don't Bring Me Flowers
- Papa, Can You Hear Me?
- Pieces Of Dreams
- The Island
- The Summer Knows
- How Do You Keep The Music Playing?
- After The Rain
- A Piece Of Sky
The official Barbra Streisand site is having a contest ... [link to contest] Pre-order What Matters Most now and be automatically entered to win a trip to meet Barbra and get free instant downloads of “That Face” and “Windmills of Your Mind!”
June 27, 2011
Official Album Announcement
The incomparable Barbra Streisand's long-cherished desire to release an album of music with lyrics exclusively written by her collaborators and friends, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, will be achieved with her latest release What Matters Most- Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman for Columbia Records. The ten song album, and deluxe edition, will be available August 23, 2011.
"What Matters Most" is Ms. Streisand's first new album since the September 2009 release of "Love Is The Answer," which debuted at Number One, making her the only artist to achieve number one albums in five consecutive decades.
The new album, which Streisand personally produced, is comprised of ten Bergman songs which Streisand has never previously recorded. Included in the set are the Academy Award winning songs "The Windmills of Your Mind" (from the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair); "So Many Stars" (originally a hit song for Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66); "Nice 'n' Easy" (popularized by Frank Sinatra); and "That Face" (first recorded by Fred Astaire) . The CD will be packaged in a jewel box with a 24-page color booklet.
The deluxe edition CD will include ten previously released performances of Barbra singing the lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman including "The Way We Were", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", "Papa Can You Hear Me?" and "Pieces of Dreams".
Reflecting on her long-held desire to devote an entire album to the amazingly varied and consistently inspired music of the Bergmans, Streisand noted, "Alan and Marilyn Bergman have a remarkable gift for expressing affairs of the heart."
The affection and respect between lyricists and artist is quite wonderful. "When we write a song, we hear Barbra," said lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman. "She makes the connection from the heart to the mind, and it emerges through her voice."
Check back with http://www.barbrastreisand.com and http://www.facebook.com/barbrastreisand often for more information on pre-orders, including a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity from The Official Barbra Streisand Music Store!
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In no particular order, here's the 9 tracks that have been reported as being on the album ... still wondering what that tenth track is!
- "The Promise (I'll Never Say Goodbye)"
- "Solitary Moon"
- "Windmills of Your Mind"
- "The Same Hello, The Same Goodbye"
- "Alone in the World"
- "What Matters Most"
- "So Many Stars"
- "Nice 'n' Easy"
- "That Face"
Also, don't forget to read my interview with Alan and Marilyn Bergman from 2007!
Finally, Richard Jay-Alexander will be on air in August at QVC selling the album, much like he did for Love is the Answer in 2009.
June 14, 2011
New Streisand Album in August
Barbra's new CD is titled What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman and will be released August 2011.
The CD (and cover art—which is a photograph from Streisand's design book) was revealed on PBS during a showing of Streisand's 2009 Village Vanguard concert. No official announcement has been made by Columbia Records yet, and no release date has been announced. (UPDATE: I hear this is the cover.)
According to the PBS show, there are ten songs on What Matters Most.
The following songs were named by PBS as being on the album:
"The Promise (I'll Never Say Goodbye)," "Solitary Moon," "Windmills of Your Mind," "The Same Hello, The Same Goodbye," "Alone in the World," and "What Matters Most."
Barbra Archives can reveal that Bill Ross was arranging/conducting for Streisand on this album, and that Randy Waldman played piano on some of the tracks.
Barbra Archives has also heard that “So Many Stars” was recorded for the album.
Somewhere Outtakes in Evancho Video
Wanted to point this out ... On the David Foster concert that has shown on PBS, Jackie Evancho sings “Somewhere” with a pre-recorded Barbra Streisand track.
Well, the video features outtakes from Barbra's 1986 music video for “Somewhere” — mostly her closeup camera. You can see Barbra raise her arm and walk backward out of the spotlight at the end of the video, too. Very cool! [watch on YouTube if still available]
Barbra Archives Posts—an update
Just another update for the fans out there ... I've been enjoying my "Barbra break" and will be off doing summer things until late-July (including a trip to Germany!) I'll post any major Streisand news if it happens, but will be somewhat out-of-pocket for the rest of June and first half of July.
Streisand & Brolin At Chanel Benefit Dinner
On June 4th, James Brolin and Barbra Streisand attend Chanel's benefit dinner for the Natural Resources Defense Council's Ocean Initiative at the home of Ron & Kelly Meyer in Malibu, California.
May 25, 2011
Barbra Archives Update
Just letting my readers know that I'm taking a break from posting news for a while ....
In the meantime, please enjoy the 500+ pages of Streisand career information, articles, interviews, and stories here at Barbra-Archives ... since 2003!
I will continue to update information on the historical/archive pages as they warrant attention. Keep an eye on my twitter feed above-left, where I'll post updates & links.
I am deciding how much, if any, news I'll be reporting in the future ... besides the considerable time it takes to stay on top of Streisand news, it is also difficult for me to navigate the politics of publicity, paparazzi photographs, etc.
I will still keep updating the album, live, television, radio, and movie pages as I do more research, and as people send me more info & scans ... and as new Streisand milestones are surpassed.
Thanks for your patience!
May 16, 2011
Listen to Evancho/Streisand
Wall Street Journal is streaming the Jackie Evancho/Barbra Streisand duet, “Somewhere,” which appears on Evancho's new album, Dream With Me.
“Nothing's Impossible Project” Update
Allison Waldman, a friend of this site, and the author of The Barbra Streisand Scrapbook, as well as the Barbrafile magazine is doing better with her uterine cancer. She writes: “I'm happy to report that my personal health issues have taken a turn for the better. The current chemotherapy I'm receiving has worked well and I'm feeling pretty good. The cancer seems to be under control. The bad news is that my health insurance premium has gone up significantly.”
[Thanks to Michael Roman for posting and hosting the page!]
May 9, 2011
An Arthur Laurents Flashback
When I heard the news that Arthur Laurents had died, I remembered meeting him here in Washington, D.C. way back in 2004 (when I didn't have a beard!) It took me a few days but I found the photographs from that day and I even found a story I wrote for All About Barbra magazine about meeting Laurents. So I posted it all here. Enjoy it! I'm honored I got to meet him.
May 7, 2011
Streisand on Kramer + Normal Heart
Streisand talked exclusively with Entertainment Weekly about the movie version of Larry Kramer's play, The Normal Heart.
Barbra Streisand and Larry Kramer trade blame for failed 'Normal Heart' film
EXCLUSIVE by Adam Markovitz
Film legend Barbra Streisand and gay activist Larry Kramer would both like to set the record straight about their failed attempt to bring The Normal Heart — Kramer’s 1985 play about the dawn of the AIDS epidemic — to the big screen. The problem is, each of them says it’s the other’s fault. In an exclusive interview with EW, Streisand calls Kramer “brilliant, courageous, stubborn, and self-destructive.” The writer’s response? “She never put her money where her mouth is.”
“I love this play, and I love its cause,” says Streisand, who first purchased the film rights to The Normal Heart after seeing its original Off Broadway incarnation in 1985. (A Tony-nominated revival is currently running at Broadway’s John Golden Theatre.) Over the next ten years, she worked with Kramer and another screenwriter to adapt the story, which focuses on the struggles of writer Ned Weeks (Kramer’s literary alter ego) during the early days of the AIDS crisis in NYC. Streisand intended to direct the film and take the part of strong-willed Dr. Emma Brookner, a supporting role in the play.
But a movie never materialized. According to Streisand, Kramer was unwilling to allow adjustments that were necessary to make the script more cinematic. “I was using the best of [the play]. But there are certain things you do for film,” she tells EW. “Larry only wanted to use his screenplay. I couldn’t have my hands tied artistically.”
Kramer has another version of the story. He says Streisand rewrote the script to make her character the star, marginalizing the gay characters who are at the center of the play. “She cut Ned’s part so much that when she offered the movie to a major star who had played the part on stage, he said, ‘I can’t play this. The character has no motivation anymore,’” claims Kramer. “She subsumed all of the motivations into her part, as the doctor.” (A rep for Streisand did not immediately reply to request for comment on Kramer’s remarks.)
Streisand also says Kramer rejected a deal from HBO to turn the play into a TV project after major studios balked at its subject matter. “Larry wouldn’t accept their highest offer of $250,000. He wanted a million dollars,” says Streisand. “Larry held out for the money. I didn’t. Why not advance your cause? Why keep this movie unseen for all these years?” Kramer claims he never heard about such an offer and says Streisand repeatedly abandoned the project to work on other movies.
Even after the rights to the play reverted back to Kramer in the mid-nineties, Streisand says she never stopped supporting the project. Then, last year, Kramer posted a missive on the website of AIDS-awareness organization ACT UP, calling Streisand a “hypocrite” for failing to make The Normal Heart. “When he printed that diatribe on the web, I was very hurt by it, because it’s not true. I started to write [a response] but then decided not to do it,” says Streisand. “It was wonderful to read some of the comments from the gay community about this. They fought the battle for me. It was really lovely for all these people to come to my defense.”
Streisand says she was most upset by Kramer’s accusation that she had sabotaged the fight for gay rights. “At a time when we are all pulling together to achieve such giant steps for gay equality, it is anguishing to me to have my devotion to this cause so distorted. I think my efforts for the gay community and my immersion in securing its constitutional entitlement and other equitable rights is quite evident and a matter of record.”
On that point, at least, the two agree. “She’s a mighty force, and I certainly agree she has done a good deal for the gay world,” says Kramer. “She just wasn’t going to make this movie right.”
But there’s still hope for fans who dreamed of seeing Streisand in a movie version of The Normal Heart. The Oscar winner says she would consider playing Brookner in Glee creator Ryan Murphy’s planned adaptation starring Mark Ruffalo, although it would be difficult for her to let go of her creative vision for the movie. “If I could direct it today, I would direct it today,” Streisand says. “Because it’s been very hard for me to find a piece that I feel as passionate about. I mean, I love this play.”
Streisand on Laurents + GYPSY
Streisand released the following statement today:
Arthur and I go way back to I Can Get It For You Wholesale in 1962. Then we did The Way We Were in 1973 and we were about to do Gypsy together. He created people you care about because he cared about people. I spoke to him a few weeks ago and he sounded so strong, as always. He was lucky to have lived a full and creative life up til the very end. I’ll miss working with him again.
Laurents, who died at age 93 this week, had reportedly concluded negotiations with Universal Studios for a new feature film version of "Gypsy" with Streisand in the lead.
May 6, 2011
Arthur Laurents Has Died
Laurents’ relationship with Barbra Streisand goes back to 1962 when he cast her as Miss Marmelstein in I Can Get It For You Wholesale—Streisand's first Broadway role. Laurents then re-connected with Streisand in Hollywood when he wrote the screenplay for The Way We Were, the 1973 tear-jerker with Robert Redford. Most recently Arthur Laurents was involved with the deal for making a movie adaptation of Gypsy, the Broadway musical which he wrote the book for. Last we heard, Universal and producer Joel Silver were attached to Gypsy, with Streisand starring as Mama Rose.
The legendary scribe wrote the books for "West Side Story" and "Gypsy" and the scripts for "The Way We Were" and "Turning Point."
Arthur Laurents, who penned the librettos for the Broadway classics West Side Story and Gypsy as well as screenplays including The Way We Were and The Turning Point, died Thursday of pneumonia complications in Manhattan. He was 93.
Laurents also was an accomplished director during a more than 70-year career that began with radio plays in college and continued through the 2009 Main Stem revival of West Side Story he directed. He won Tony Awards as author of the book for best musical Hallelujah, Baby! in 1968 and best director (musical) for La Cage aux Folles in 1984.
He was best known in Hollywood for his acclaimed scripts for The Way We Were (1973), which featured the romantic chemistry of its characters as played by Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand, and Turning Point (1977) — which he also produced — the story of a lifelong friendship between two women played by Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft. He earned best picture and original screenplay Oscar nominations and a WGA Award for Turning Point.
The movies’ box office and critical popularity served notice of Laurents’ strong skill in creating well-rounded female characters.
Laurents was born July 14, 1918, in Brooklyn. He studied at Cornell and received his B.A. in English in 1937. During college, he performed in a satirical nightclub revue and wrote radio plays for such series as The Thin Man.
He enlisted in the Army in 1941 and worked on military training films, as well as writing radio scripts for such service programs as The Man Behind the Gun and Assignment Home. He distinguished himself during World War II, winning a Variety radio award in 1945 for his script The Face, a drama about a maimed veteran’s rehab.
While researching for Assignment Home, Laurents visited veterans hospitals and began work on his first play, Home of the Brave, about a veteran’s amnesia. It opened on Broadway in 1945, winning critical praise. The play garnered him a grant for the American Academy Arts and Letters, and UA released a film adaptation by Carl Foreman in 1949.
During the early 1950s, Laurents began work on a contemporary musical based on Romeo and Juliet with Leonard Bernstein. Stephen Sondheim was signed to write the lyrics, and West Side Story became a sizzling, gigantic hit when it opened in 1957.
Laurents was widely praised for his book for the project, including a rave from The New York Times, calling Laurents’ contribution “the essential one.” He shared a Tony nom for best musical for the production.
After a successful two-year run on Broadway, the musical was adapted into a film and won 10 Oscars including best picture. The musical enjoyed many subsequent revivals, including a Broadway production that Laurents directed that ran from March 2009 through January and is touring the U.S.
Propelled by the success of West Side Story, Laurents went on to collaborate with Sondheim and Jule Styne on Gypsy (1959), which starred Ethel Merman as Gypsy’s titanic stage mother. Laurents’ writing was hailed by Kenneth Tynan as “an exemplary mixture of gaiety, warmth and critical intelligence.”
Laurents shared Tony noms for best musical for both West Side Story and Gypsy but lost to, respectively, The Music Man and The Sound of Music and Fiorello! (which tied in 1960).
He also was Tony-nominated as best director (musical) for a Gypsy revival in 1975 and 2008 and directed such other Broadway fare as I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1962), which marked Streisand’s Main Stem debut as an overworked, unsung secretary, and 1991’s Nick & Nora.
He was given a National Board of Review career achievement award for his screenwriting, and many of his plays were published in 2004 as Selected Plays of Arthur Laurents.
His play The Time of the Cuckoo, which starred Shirley Booth as an American single woman who finds romance with a married Italian shopkeeper while on a holiday, was a hit and served as the basis for the 1955 motion picture Summertime, starring Katharine Hepburn.
He divided his talents between movies and the stage during the 1950s. He wrote the movie adaptation of Rope (1948) for Alfred Hitchcock and the screenplays for Otto Preminger’s Bonjour Tristesse (1958) and Anastasia (1956), starring Ingrid Bergman as the heir to the Romanov fortune.
He also wrote the such Broadway plays as The Bird Cage (1950), A Clearing in the Woods (1957) and Invitation to a March (1960) and the books for Main Stem musicals including Anyone Can Whistle (1964) and Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965).
More offbeat, Laurents wrote The Enclave, which opened in Boston in 1973 with its plot centered on a tony housing unit in New York that has its liberal sensibilities challenged by a gay tenant and his lover.
Actor Farley Granger revealed in his 2007 memoir Include Me Out: My Life From Goldwyn to Broadway that he was bisexual and had an affair with Laurents. Granger died March 30. Laurents was predeceased by his partner of more than 50 years, Tom Hatcher.
May 4, 2011
“Mother's Curse” & More
Update 5/5/11: Pics of Streisand on set!
Barbra Streisand's 19th film, My Mother's Curse (with Seth Rogen) started filming on Monday. Seth Rogen was spotted in L.A. on set, but there are no shots of Streisand in character as Joyce Brewster yet. I've created a dedicated page to My Mother's Curse over in the Film section of Barbra Archives. Check it out for all the news! I've already posted filming info!!
Other Streisand news:
- Looks like Lea Michele will sing “My Man” (which Barbra sang in the Funny Girl film) on next week's episode of GLEE.
- Barbra sings (not well—a character choice!) in one of the outtakes from Little Fockers, which is included on the newly-released DVD and Blu-ray. Order here from Amazon.com >>
- Parade interviewed James Brolin. (Read it here). Brolin speaks a couple of times about his wife, Barbra Streisand. When asked if he'd like to be directed by a family member, Brolin said, “I could direct [my son] Josh, and he could direct me. I’m not sure about my wife [Barbra Streisand]. She’s so much of a director herself. I would be blessed if she directed me. I’m putty in her hands anyway.” And regarding acting with his wife: “We've read several things and she likes wonderful, old classical stories. We read five or six top notch scripts together and looked at each other and said, ‘Ehh, not quite right.’ But we always had it in our minds, so you never know.”
May 2, 2011
AAB Back in Print, Shipping Soon
The new issue of All About Barbra is close to shipping. Editor Lynne Pounder confirmed to me that they have included color pages in this edition, which is a rarity!
You can order AAB here.
April 22, 2011
Tweet Barbra For Her Birthday
Barbra's birthday is Sunday, April 24th.
April 20, 2011
Bid to Meet Barbra
Barbra Streisand and The Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are sponsoring a new charity auction: a visit to the Los Angeles set of My Mother's Curse where you and a guest will experience film making from behind the scenes and have the rare opportunity to meet the one and only Ms. Barbra Streisand. The set visit will take place in June or July 2011. In addition to Ms. Streisand, the comedy, which is set for a March 2012 release, stars Seth Rogen and is directed by Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses, The Proposal).
Michael Sarrazin—“Pete”—Has Died
Barbra's costar in For Pete's Sake has died at the age of 70.
You can read more about Sarrazin and Streisand in For Pete's Sake here at Barbra-Archives.com.
Barbra News Bits
Here's some quick Streisand updates ....
- Barbra Archives hears [unofficially] that Streisand's new album of Marilyn & Alan Bergman-penned songs has completed recording sessions and will be released in Fall 2011; probably September-ish.
- The Duck Sauce dance hit, “Barbra Streisand” will be featured on next week's 90-minute episode of GLEE. Recently, Duck Sauce D.J. A-Trak was asked if Streisand was aware of the track. He said, “we finally got word a few weeks ago that she has heard the song and she likes it. For the longest time it was a big mystery. I figured she would have a good sense of humor about it. Now I just have to meet her.”
- Speaking of GLEE ... Glee: The Music presents The Warblers is a new CD that features the much talked about opening performance of Barbra Streisand’s “What Kind of Fool” from the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year gala. Order the CD or download tracks here.
- Don't forget Streisand's duet with young singing sensation Jackie Evancho on her debut album, Dream With Me. The album drops June 14th. Barbra Archives hears the Streisand duet (“Somewhere”) is not a new recording. But for those who like to have everything .... Amazon.com order info >>
- Barbra's birthday is Sunday, April 24th. Because of some traveling I'm doing, I'll have a special home page dedicated to Barbra up soon. Happy Birthday, Barbra!!
April 14, 2011
“All About Barbra” In Print Again
The newest issue of All About Barbra magazine is available for ordering right now.
Inside: A Star Is Born – Filming at Sun Devil stadium/Funny Girl – picture & Info retro/Mirror, Mirror on the wall (great picture feature)/ Barbra Timeline we begin with the 40’s & 50’s as we lead up to Barbra’s amazing 50th year in Show business! PLUS a round up of recent events, latest info and pictures Grammys-Musicares-D.C. ..and lots more! As always, it’s just packed with Barbra!
A Few Streisand Items At Julien's Auction
Julien's Auctions is holding another of its Hollywood Legends auctions on May 7, 2011. There are a couple of interesting Streisand items up for auction:
- A limited edition gelatin silver print of Barbra Streisand taken by photographer Ken Sax. Hand numbered 50/150, signed by Sax in the lower right corner. 14 by 11 inches.
- A document regarding Diana Music Corp. appointing officers for organization. The document, dated June 1, 1985, appoints Barbra Streisand president of the board of Diana Music Corp.
[Thanks, Mitzi, for the tip!]
Simply Showbiz Interviews Streisand Author
Over at the Simply Streisand companion site, Simply Showbiz ... check out this interview about celebrity fans who have taken their fandom to the next level. They chat with author and Barbra Streisand historian, Allison J. Waldman.
April 11, 2011
Dolly Dress Up For Auction
Since the 1960s, show business legend Debbie Reynolds has been stockpiling and promoting the preservation of Hollywood costumes, props and other memorabilia. Now she is selling her whole collection. The auction is to be held in several stages by Profiles in History, a leading dealer of autographs, manuscripts and vintage signed photographs.
The auction begins June 18, 2011.
Streisand fans will be interested to know that up for auction is the gorgeous, gold-beaded gown that Streisand wore in her 1969 film, Hello, Dolly!
March 30, 2011
Streisand News Updates
Updated 3/31: A duet of “Somewhere” will appear on child soprano Jackie Evancho's new album. Streisand's vocals on the duet are not newly recorded.
Evancho's album is due June 14th. Press release is below.
Announcing Dream With Me – the highly anticipated, full-length album from 10-year old soprano prodigy Jackie Evancho — available everywhere June 14!
The year’s most eagerly awaited classical pop crossover album, Dream With Me, fulfills the promise of O Holy Night, Jackie’s major label debut, a seasonal collection released last November which became the year’s #1 best-selling debut recording with sales exceeding 1 million copies. The new record, Dream With Me, is produced by the legendary David Foster, a 16-time Grammy winner (including three Producer of the Year trophies) who’s worked with Céline Dion, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Beyoncé, Prince, Barbra Streisand and many others.
Jackie Evancho comes into her own with Dream With Me, collaborating with Foster on a repertoire ranging from classical arias to pop classics to Oscar-winning show tunes with highlights that include two extraordinary superstar duets showcasing the young vocalist performing with music legend Barbra Streisand (“Somewhere” from West Side Story) and international phenomenon Susan Boyle (“A Mother’s Prayer”).
“I can say without a doubt that working with Jackie on Dream With Me was truly phenomenal. Her natural ability and the depth of her understanding of the musical process left me speechless. I think we have created a musical experience that will thrill audiences of every age. She was a pure joy to work with and I had a front row seat to one of the next great talents of our time,” said David Foster.
“We are incredibly proud of Jackie and thrilled at how fantastic her album turned out,” said Lisa and Michael Evancho, the singer’s parents. “Making her first studio album for Columbia has been a wonderful and exciting experience for Jackie, helping her grow as an artist and learn about music from some of the masters in the field.”
When You Wish Upon A Star
A Mother’s Prayer featuring Susan Boyle
O Mio Babbino Caro
Somewhere featuring Barbra Streisand
All I Ask Of You
Ombra Mai Fu
The Lord’s Prayer
Dream With Me
- In case you care, here's what Patti LuPone had to say about Streisand and the GYPSY movie. Read it here.
- Barbra's statement on the death of Elizabeth Taylor: “It’s the end of an era. It wasn't just her beauty or her stardom. It was her humanitarianism. She put a face on HIV/AIDS. She was funny. She was generous. She made her life count.”
March 21, 2011
Gypsy Resuscitated at Universal
Good news! (I had a feeling all those websites and online comments were giving too much credence to Arthur Laurents' earlier comments to the Hartford Courant.)
Deadline is reporting:
... a deal is close to being made at Universal Pictures, with Joel Silver producing. Streisand’s still in as Rose and so are book writer Arthur Laurents and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Those reports were based on an interview that Laurents did with a Hartford Courant blogger, in which the book writer proclaimed he was withdrawing permission because he and Sondheim decided they didn't want a movie. I think they've changed their minds. Multiple sources said that the deal that’s closing gives the show creators a strong say over the screenwriter, director, choreographer and who’ll play the roles of Herbie and Louise. Warner Bros retains the rights to be co-financier after it rejected a deal that would have granted those same approvals to heirs.
I have heard from many Streisand fans out there via email about this project, and I know there are strong feelings (I am on record as not being a fan of that other movie musical linked to Streisand—Sunset Boulevard, LOLs).
However, this is very exciting news for me. Sounds like Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) is out as director. And Streisand is not directing. So .... who will helm this movie musical remake? Mike Nichols? Sam Mendes? Even better—Steven Spielberg? They all seem to have relatively open schedules.
I love everyone's suggestion that Anne Hathaway play Gypsy. And Tom Hanks (or even John Travolta?!) would be amazing as Herbie. I also hope they hire a screenwriter who can open this backstage musical up—I found the Bette Midler TV version of Gypsy a bit too claustrophobic and stage-bound.
Looks like we'll have Streisand as Mama Rose in 2012 or 2013!
Now .... who's writing the screenplay?
Little Fockers arrives on DVD April 5th, for Streisand completists out there. The DVD comes with the following Special Features:
- Alternate Opening: Wedding Dream and Morning Wakeup
- Alternate Ending: Treehouse
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
- The Making of A Godfocker: Behind the Scenes of Little Fockers
- Bout Time
- The Focker Foot Locker
- And More!
As always, anything you buy through Amazon supports my work here at Barbra Archives ... gracias!
March 19, 2011
Streisand awards Clinton
President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the 42nd President of the United States, last night received the 2011 William O. Douglas Award at Public Counsel's 40th Anniversary Award Dinner. Barbra Streisand presented the award to President Clinton and delivered special remarks.
The 2011 Public Counsel's Annual Event Honoring President Bill Clinton was held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.
March 18, 2011
Seth Rogen on Streisand
E! Online reports that Seth Rogen, while appearing at the 19th Annual A Night at Sardi's Fundraiser—where he hosted the Alzheimer's Association Event—talked about working with Barbra Streisand on their forthcoming mother/son road trip comedy, My Mother's Curse. They start shooting the movie, directed by Anne Fletcher, next month.
“I am excited about it!” he said. “I've met her only a couple times so far but she's really funny and nice and really reminds me a lot of my actual mother, which is very odd ... My girlfriend's like a huge Barbra Streisand [fan].”
When asked if Streisand would sing in the movie, Rogen replied, “No, there's no singing in the movie.”
Willie Wants a Duet
Country singing legend Willie Nelson told the Chicago Sun-Times that Barbra Streisand is the person he'd most like to sing with.
“In fact, I was on the set when Kris [Kristofferson] worked with her on ‘A Star is Born’ (in 1976). I got on her bus, we sang some songs and she was great. She’s a really good singer. I don’t know what we’d do, but we’d think of something.”
March 15, 2011
Gypsy ... No-Go?
UPDATE: The Los Angeles Times adds another tidbit to the GYPSY story:
Warner Bros. said Monday that the project was no longer active there.
3/12/11: Arthur Laurents has told The Courant that he has changed his mind and now does not want a movie version of GYPSY made starring Streisand. [In order for a film to proceed, apparently, Laurents (book writer of the Broadway show), Stephen Sondheim (lyric writer), and the estates of Jule Styne (music) and Jerome Robbins (director) have to approve it.]
Talking to The Courant, Laurents said:
"[Stephen Sondheim] said, 'What is the point of it?' And I said, 'They have this terrible version with Rosalind Russell wearing those black and white shoes.' And then Sondheim told me something that he got from the British -- and it's wonderful. He said, 'You want a record because the theater is ephemeral. But that's wrong. The theater's greatest essence is that it is ephemeral. You don't need a record. The fact that it's ephemeral means you can have different productions, different Roses on into infinity.'
"So I don't want it now. I don't want a definitive record. I want it to stay alive.
"I think [Streisand] is disappointed. She wanted very much to do it. That would have been a good exit for her career. Tom Hopper ["The King's Speech"] wanted to direct it. I think he's wonderful."
How would she have been in the film?
"She could have done it," he says.
March 10, 2011
Mother’s Curse Gets Release Date
The road-trip comedy, My Mother's Curse, starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen as mother and son has been given a release date by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. Look for My Mother's Curse in wide release on March 30, 2012.
Barbra Archives hears (unofficially) that the movie will start filming in April, and that its post-production is scheduled for August.
New Barbra Bio Coming 2012
There have been dozens of quick and dirty tell alls about Barbara Streisand. But now, according to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, acclaimed biographer William Mann will write the definitive biography.
"As far as I'm concerned, previous books have failed to capture the importance and influence of this woman, her complex personality, and the dimensions of her artistic drive," said Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Sr. Executive Editor, George Hodgman.
The biography, titled, HELLO, GORGEOUS, will publish in fall 2012 to coincide with Streisand's 50th anniversary in show business.
[ ... ] "All of Streisandia, of which I am a founding resident," says Hodgman, "has been waiting for the real, class act Barbra bio. William Mann has set out to do nothing less than a book that will stand the test of time as the definitive record and truly a portrait of an artist."
The book will cover Streisand’s childhood and growing up along with the birth of her career in the clubs of Greenwich village, the recording of her early albums and stage appearances, Funny Girl on Broadway and later the filming of that musical, which won her the Academy Award, in Hollywood. HELLO, GORGEOUS will climax with her triumphant “Happening in Central Park” concert which drew 135,000 New Yorkers in September of 1968.
March 2, 2011
Here's the latest Streisand news:
- Barbra-Archives hears ... a DVD of the February MusiCares concert will NOT be released. (Not surprising, considering that the last time MusiCares released a DVD of one of their fundraisers was way back in 2006.)
- President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the 42nd President of the United States, will receive Public Counsel's 2011 William O. Douglas Award at its annual event on March 18. The former president will be introduced by actress/singer Barbra Streisand. Arrivals & Red Carpet at 5:00 P.M. and dinner at 6:00 P.M. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA. More info here >>
- On Feb. 18th, Barbra Streisand tweeted about the Grammys .... Barbra wrote: “Hi... Thanks for all the warm messages which I've been reading... especially from last weekend when I performed at MusiCares and the Grammys. I had such a great time being a part of all the festivities. I want to thank you all for the support and wishes, which touched me deeply. Have a great weekend everyone... Thanks, Barbra.” Then Streisand replied to a few fans via Twitter:
- New York Streisand fans! Chelsea Cinema is showing What's Up, Doc? and The Main Event next month. (They just showed Up the Sandbox two days ago.) Check it out here >>
- I updated the MusiCares concert page over in the Barbra Archives LIVE section. Check it out here >>
- Tony Bennett duet rumor .... This is unconfirmed and speculative, however—The Hollywood Reporter broke news that Tony Bennett was recording duets at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles during Grammy week with k.d. lang and Norah Jones for his forthcoming album, Duets 2. Other outlets have reported Bennett will record future duet sessions with Josh Groban, Carrie Underwood, Amy Winehouse, and Michael Bublé. HR reported that the album “is part of a larger roll-out which will celebrate Bennett's 85th birthday in August.” So .... just wondering if Streisand is recording a new duet with Bennett for the new album? Buble and lang both appeared on Bennett's 2006 Duets album — so why not ask Barbra to sing again, since they are both fond of each other? Hmmm, let's go one step further since Streisand is in the middle of recording her forthcoming Alan & Marilyn Bergman album—Maybe Streisand and Bennett could duet on How Do You Keep the Music Playing?, What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?, or You Must Believe in Spring—all of which are songs by the Bergmans which Bennett has already recorded.
- Speaking of duets .... Barbra Streisand's 2002 duet with Barry Manilow (“I Won't Be the One To Let Go”) will appear on Manilow's new CD Duets, to be released by Arista/Legacy on May 3, 2011. If you want the previously-released duet on the newly-released album, you can pre-order it here at Amazon.com.
February 24, 2011
Streisand & Karan at Pier 59, Santa Monica
Streisand appeared at this 2/23/11 event, as per the L.A. Times:
Fashion photographer Russell James and designer Donna Karan welcomed nearly 500 guests to Pier 59 in Santa Monica on Tuesday to preview the multimedia exhibition “Nomad Two Worlds.” The Australian-born James, the project’s creator, said the artworks celebrate and support indigenous cultures and his country's reconciliation efforts toward its native population.
[...] Barbra Streisand quietly slipped into the shindig for an informal tour by James and Karan, and expressed her admiration at the artworks. "It’s all absolutely beautiful," she said. "What they’re doing here is fantastic."
February 16, 2011
Kenneth Mars (Hugh in “Doc”) Dies
Character actor Kenneth Mars, best known for roles in "Young Frankenstein" and the original film version of "The Producers," died Saturday of pancreatic cancer in Granada Hills, Calif. He was 75.
In Mel Brooks' 1974 comedy "Young Frankenstein," Mars played the police inspector with a malfunctioning prosthetic arm; in Brooks' earlier, 1968 film "The Producers," Mars was the Nazi playwright who creates "Springtime for Hitler."
Mars employed a Mitteleuropean accent once again for Peter Bogdanovich's 1972 Barbra Streisand starrer "What's Up, Doc?," playing a Yugoslavian with dubious motives.
Fockers DVD & Blu-Ray
Little Fockers will be out on home video April 5, 2011 from Universal Studios. Both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and the DVD are packed with extras, including deleted scenes, a hilarious gag reel, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Little Fockers and a never-before-seen alternate opening and ending not shown in theaters.
Second Sondheim Book Coming
Hot on the heels of his first best-selling book (Finishing the Hat), Stephen Sondheim is releasing a second volume on October 25, 2011. Titled Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Wafflings, Diversions and Anecdotes, the book is a collection of Sondheim's lyrics, as well as an insider's look into his creative process and his thoughts about songwriting.
The second book will, no doubt, mention Sondheim's work with Barbra Streisand on 1985's The Broadway Album and 1992's Back To Broadway. (In the first book, Sondheim wrote a little about his work with Streisand on the songs “Send in the Clowns” and “I'm Still Here.”)
February 15, 2011
Here's official CBS video of Streisand and Kristofferson presenting Album of the Year on Sunday's Grammy show:
And here's Access Hollywood's interview with Streisand backstage at MusiCares:
February 13, 2011
Streisand and Grammy
UPDATE: 11:41 PM EST
Barbra was ageless and evergreen on the Grammys tonight as she sang her award-winning song, Evergreen. Barbra looked simply amazing! It was doubly exciting to see her and Kris Kristofferson come back onstage at the end to present Album of the Year!