Welcome to Barbra-Archives! Streisand. 2012 News is archived below ....
December 19, 2012
Barbra & Seth are interviewed over at USA Today.
In the interview, Barbra gives a clear answer about the status of Gypsy: “(Producer) Joel Silver has been trying to get the rights. It's been a year and a half," she says. "It's getting very close. If it comes to be, it comes to be. If it doesn't …”
There's a great interview at EW with screenwriter Dan Fogelman.
And Jason Gould has some nice things to say about his mom, and being on the road with her during the Back to Brooklyn concert tour. Two interesting tidbits from this interview: There is discussion of re-recording [How Deep is the] Ocean with his mother for a duets album she is working on and of continuing the tour with European stops.
And here's a link to Julie Chang's Good Day L.A. interview with Rogen and Streisand.
I liked this interview with Rogen and Streisand at OnTheRedCarpet.com.
And don't forget to have some fun over at this Guilt Trip link. You can be in the backseat (or restaurant) with Barbra and Seth! Here I am, below, enjoying a steak with Barbra and Seth, LOL!
And here I am in the back seat with Seth & Barbra!!
December 18, 2012
Barbra is Everywhere!
The Guilt Trip is released to movie theaters tomorrow, and Barbra Streisand is everywhere promoting it. If you scroll through my Twitter feed above, you can see lots of interviews and stories I've linked to. Some of note:
- A 45-minute interview with Streisand on NPR radio
- Video clip of Barbra on Piers Morgan. And another clip here. Barbra's interview with Piers Morgan has been rescheduled to air this Friday, December 21 on CNN.
- A really good Rogen/Streisand interview.
Barbra also explained during her NPR interview that the Back to Brooklyn show (it was taped in Brooklyn in October) will be out on home video around Mother's Day 2013.
December 13, 2012
This is truly laugh-out-loud hilarious:
December 12, 2012
Guilt Trip Premiere Last Night
Stars turned out to 'The Guilt Trip' premiere at the Village Theater in Westwood, Los Angeles, last night. Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand posed together, looking dapper.
Also attending last night: James Brolin, Roslyn Kind, Jason Gould, Diane Lane and Josh Brolin, costars Colin Hanks and Bret Cullen, and Nora Dunn.
Barbra on Piers Morgan
Barbra's interview with CNN's Piers Morgan will air this Friday, December 14th.
Lots of attention (and info!) about Barbra's version of the musical Gypsy for the big screen. Here's what's been said lately:
- To Entertainment Weekly's Marc Malkin: Announcing Lady Gaga as a potential Louise was premature and Streisand "got into trouble for mentioning" it. She explained: "It was an idea."
- As for directing and starring in Gypsy: "I don't know if I would direct it. I'm not sure about that."
- About the Gypsy project in general: "I hope it comes to fruition," Barbra said.
You can watch the Marc Malkin interview and see Barbra answer his Gypsy questions below:
December 6, 2012
Classical Barbra—Remastered w/ Bonus Tracks
In 1973, Barbra Streisand went into the studio to make one of the first – and still considered one of the best – classical crossover recordings, Classical Barbra. This unique collection of art songs and arias was originally released in February 1976, with its striking cover portrait by Francesco Scavullo, and has never gone out of print. The German composer and arranger Claus Ogerman conducts the Columbia Symphony Orchestra and accompanies Streisand at the piano in music of Canteloube, Fauré, Handel, Orff, Schumann and Wolf.
(Pictured right: The original album cover for Classical Barbra—not the remaster.)
Thirteen-time Grammy–winning producer Steven Epstein has remastered the original recording for this reissue [pre-order at Amazon], the first since its original CD release in 1987. Most importantly, it contains the first ever release of two additional tracks recorded during the original sessions but never available until now – two of Franz Schubert’s best-known songs, “An Sylvia” and “Auf dem Wasser zu singen.”
- “Beau Soir” - Debussy
- “Brezairola” (Berceuse) from Chants d’Auvergne (Part III) - Canteloube
- “Verschwiegene Liebe” (No.3) from Eichendorff Lieder - Wolf
- Pavane in F Sharp Minor, Op. 50 (Vocalise) – Faure
- “Aprés un rêve” from Trois melodies, Op. 7, No. 1 – Fauré
- “In trutina” from Carmina Burana – Orff
- “Lascia ch’io pianga” from Rinaldo – Handel
- “Mondnact” from Liederkreis, Op. 39, No. 5 – Schumann
- “Dank sei Dir, Herr” – Ochs
- “I Loved You” - Ogerman
- “An Sylvia”, D.891 – Schubert
- “Auf dem Wasser zu singen”, D. 774 – Schubert
Streisand sang “Auf dem Wasser zu singen” in her 1973 television special Barbra Streisand And Other Musical Instruments. On that show it was done in comedic fashion. The track on the remastered Classical Barbra album is a serious take on the Schubert song.
Barbra Talks Gypsy
From Entertainment Weekly:
Barbra Streisand’s got one thing to say to anyone who thinks she might be too old to play Mamma Rose in the anticipated film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ legendary musical Gypsy: “What’s [age] got to with anything?”
Ever since Universal announced plans last March for a Gypsy update — written by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes and co-produced and starring Streisand — some critics have drawn attention to the difference between Streisand’s age, 70, and that of the real-life woman portrayed in the musical. The Academy Award-winning actress would not only have to depict a woman who, in parts of the production, is between 30 and 40 years younger than she is, she’d have to play the mother of children who are as many as 60 years younger than she is.
But that’s not standing in Babs’ way. “Age is just a number,” she told EW, when promoting her upcoming film The Guilt Trip (co-starring Seth Rogen and out Dec. 19). “Some people look old at 45. Some people look younger at my age…. I saw CGI of an actor that made him go from 60 to 30, by the way. What they can do now, technically.” Streisand added that she was “still working out one rights issue” for the movie, and that “it should happen, but it just takes forever.”
Read the full interview with Streisand and Rogen in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly.
Guilt Trip Spots on ABC
According to BarbraStreisand.com:
Beginning today, Paramount Pictures initiates a four-day primetime exposure on the ABC television network for its upcoming feature release "The Guilt Trip" starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen.
Special clips featuring the two stars will be inserted in the scheduled programming. The spots will culminate with a 60 second sneak preview of the film.
December 5, 2012
Barbra Does Time ... Talks Gaga ... Dr. Phil & Today Air Dates
In support of her new movie, The Guilt Trip, Barbra is appearing on some upcoming TV shows and doing some interviews.
(That means Gaga would play Louise, who transforms into Gypsy Rose Lee. Streisand will play Rose, her mother. Streisand, by the way, was asked about Lady Gaga in her recent interview with Nancy O'Dell for Entertainment Tonight. Barbra said Gaga was “the real deal.” Gaga's schedule for 2013 looks busy: she is on tour through March 2013. And she drops a new album, Artpop, Spring 2013.)
Meanwhile, in a Q&A published by an Italian newspaper, Streisand talked more Gypsy, this time adding, '“I will write my memoirs after having directed a couple more films, maybe the first one will be from the musical Gypsy which I still own the rights to. But it's not easy to find the funds for a film.” [Italian translation of this story is here]
Barbra will be on the Today Show Friday, December 7th.
Barbra and Seth Rogen appear on Dr. Phil Monday, December 10th.
December 4, 2012
Willie Talks Barbra
Willie Nelson sat down with host Johnny Knoxville as part of SiriusXM's Town Hall series and answered questions from his fans. On the subject of duets, Willie said:
“I've said for twenty years I one day want to do a duet with Barbra Streisand. It just so happens the word, I guess, got back to her. She had a song written for her and I recorded it, and I went in and sang with Barbra Streisand.”
Knoxville asked when that duet is coming out. Nelson replied: “It's up to her. Whenever she wants it to come out. I'm doing an album called To All the Girls and I wanna put it in that album if she'll let me. I did songs with Emmy Lou [Harris], and Dolly [Parton] ...”
And more on the Streisand song: “Dolly's song is original. And the Barbra Streisand song.”
Barbra Streisand has been working on her own duets album for a few months—the duet with Willie Nelson could appear on it. A release date has not been announced yet. Walter Afanasieff and Babyface Edmonds are producing.
Barbra in Time's Friday Stein Column
Joel Stein, who hosted the Q&A for Guilt Trip Sunday, spent some time driving around with Barbra and staying at her house as he was interviewing her for his column. The interview will be published this Friday in Time Magazine.
December 3, 2012
Press, Q&A, + More
Many Streisand fans attended the screening of The Guilt Trip yesterday, which screened in 20 cities. Following the screening, Barbra and Seth Rogen participated in a live interview which was streamed via satellite to the theaters across the country. Joel Stein of TIME Magazine hosted the Q & A.
Barbra and Seth were there in person at the L.A. screening.
The Q&A was fun and light-hearted, with questions being emailed from audience members who attended the screening.
Some funny stories from Barbra, including one about a road trip she took with Marlon Brando! “He wanted to go to the desert to see the wildflowers,” she explained. “He wanted to stay overnight and I said ‘No, I don't know you that well, but I'll go with you for the day.’ It was a daytime trip to see all the beautiful sagebrush and the wildflowers. We went into a little hamburger joint, I remember, with a creaky screen door. I remember sitting there at the counter ordering hamburgers and I thought [pointing], 'That's Marlon Brando!' It was amazing. It was 'Missouri Breaks' Marlon Brando. I'll write about it in my book someday.”
Streisand revealed that she told Seth a lot of stories while filming the movie. Rogen candidly told that audience that “She told she smoked pot with Peter Sellers. That was the greatest story of all time.” Barbra elaborated: “It was when I was married to Elliott and he [Peter] was with Britt Eckland. And we went to a restaurant and just started to riff on should we have...like...steak ice cream? It was funny at the time. It's not funny now because we're not high.”
Barbra and Seth also discussed how, for a road trip movie, most of the scenes were shot in L.A. “I didn't want to schlep to Paramount, which is a long way from Malibu,” Streisand explained.
“It's all fake,” Rogen said of the locations in the film. “Literally, it's all done within ten minutes of Barbra's house.”
Barbra also dished on a scene in the movie where her character visits a 72-ounce steakhouse. “Three days of eating that,” she said about how long it took to film that scene. “Put it this way: I don't love steak. I'm afraid I'm going to choke on it. I had asked them, ‘Do we really need this scene in the movie?’ But because it was real and really happened to [screenwriter Dan Fogelman's] mom, and I thought it would work in the film, I said okay. At times we had to substitute burnt watermelon and make it look like steak. But when [the camera] was close I had to eat the steak. For three days.”
Then, in response to a question about plans for the upcoming holidays:
“You know what's great about traveling,” Barbra explained, “because I did this small concert tour— I can't wait to stay home. To be in your own place.”
Seth Rogen chimed in: “You could be in [Barbra's] house and she wouldn't know it.”
Most fan reviews of the film are extremely positive. And it's interesting that, according to them, the trailers aren't doing this movie justice—it's actually funnier and more poignant than the trailers show. Audiences laughed a lot and shed some tears, too, at the screenings.
The Guilt Trip opens December 19th.
Guilt Trip Press
Meanwhile ... Barbra has recorded an interview with Piers Morgan for CNN which will air in a couple of weeks. (Morgan tweeted about it yesterday).
Barbra has also taped an interview for the Today Show, which will air closer to the opening of the film.
Glee Covers “Being Good”
Glee's new episode this Thursday (“Swan Song”) has Rachel (Lea Michele) singing “Being Good Isn't Good Enough.” It's an homage to Streisand's version, with an orchestration just like the original Peter Matz arrangement.
Barbra's “Being Good” was originally recorded in 1985 for The Broadway Album and was not released until last month on her newest album, Release Me.
The song, written by Jule Styne (with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green) is from the 1967 Broadway musical Hallelujah, Baby.
November 29, 2012
Barbra is on ET Tonight!
Press for The Guilt Trip has begun.
UPDATED: Nancy O'Dell will interview Barbra Streisand on Entertainment Tonight tonight! Check your local listings, because ET is syndicated.
They've just uploaded a 5-minute video of this interview, which you can watch online here.
Also ... Barbra has pretaped a segment for the Dr. Phil show. His site is asking for L.A.-area audience members to attend a viewing of The Guilt Trip and a taping of the show on December 4th.
November 27, 2012
“The Guilt Trip” is Coming!
Barbra and Seth Rogen's movie opens December 19th.
This cute website was just added: WhyDidITeachMyMomToText.com.
There is also a contest! By uploading your own photos of your own road trip on Instagram [using the hashtag #GuiltTripPics] fans can win a road trip prize courtesy of Budget Rent A Car. You can see the contest submissions at GuiltTripMovie.com/pics.
There is also a Charity Buzz auction to win a trip to the premiere and meet Barbra. Check that out here.
Barbra and Seth will do a press Q&A via satellite this weekend (after a screening of the film Sunday afternoon), so watch for some great quotes from the costars in upcoming stories about The Guilt Trip.
In the meantime, here's a pretty picture of Barbra from the film to tide you over until December 19th:
Barbra on Billboard
Barbra's album of previously recorded but unreleased tracks (a.k.a. Release Me, which was released Oct. 9th) peaked at #7 in its first week on the Billboard 200 chart. Since then, it's been on the 200 list, and for the week of December 1st, it was #157.
Also in that week, Barbra's 1967 A Christmas Album entered the chart at #183!
On the Billboard Holiday Albums chart from December 1st, A Christmas Album was #49.
November 21, 2012
Barbra in Your Mailbox
Many Barbra fans have been receiving a lovely 8-page color brochure in the mail from Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. It's filled with info and photos of Barbra, C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, and Bill Clinton. Along with a donation envelope, the brochure also has a Q&A with Barbra and Dr. Bairey Merz ... and a heart-healthy Hanukkah recipe!
People who donated to Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute received the mailing.
UPDATE 11/27: Doug emailed me to to say that in addition to the eight-page brochure for Cedars-Sinai's Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center I've shown on this page, Barbra is also the covergirl for the Cedars-Sinai Catalyst magazine... featuring six more pages of Barbra! Topics include: Not Missing A Beat; The Yentl Syndrome; A Stat Is Born; and What Matters Most (article and pictures from the gala at Barbra's Malibu estate).
Tis The Season ...
There's lots of Barbra Streisand books and magazines this season! If you're giving the gift of Barbra to a fellow fan, consider some of these:
- All About Barbra magazine (issue #73) has a special issue coming out very soon with pieces penned by Richard Jay-Alexander and Jay Landers and an interview with Jason Gould. Order online here.
- Allison Waldman's book of Barbra Memories can be ordered online here.
- Paul Busa's excellent collector's book —The Barbra Streisand Record & CD Collector's Guide 1962-2012: A 50-Year Celebration — can be ordered online here.
- James Spada has just updated his 1995 Streisand bio Streisand: Her Life to 2012. It's available as a Kindle download in ebook format for only $9.99. Order it at Amazon here.
- Can I plug Chris Nicken's lovely book about Marilyn Monroe? Most of you will recognize Chris, who wrote The Films of Barbra Streisand (with Karen Swenson). He has recently released a new book — Marilyn in Fashion: The Enduring Influence of Marilyn Monroe— and it's really well done, with loads of rare photos. Order from Amazon.
- And then there's Streisand tour merchandise! The Official Barbra Streisand Store has lots to choose from. Check it out here.
- And have you listened to Jason Gould's EP yet? Seriously, there's GOOD MUSIC there. I've been loving his rendition of “Nature Boy” lately. Download it (for $4.95!) at iTunes here.
Why Settle For A Piece of Sky?
Glass half full: Barbra toured! Barbra released tracks from the vaults! Barbra has a new movie coming out! (What a busy year 2012 was!)
Glass half empty: What's next?
Well, in 2013 (and beyond) we have the following Streisand projects to look forward to:
- Barbra Streisand: My Life in Words and Music. This is the big, multi-DVD set that Team Barbra has been working on. Look for rare videos, a biography video, television appearances and more.
- Back To Brooklyn. They filmed the Brooklyn shows; expect a DVD/Blu-ray of that. Also, we can probably safely assume we'll get a CD from Columbia, too. Boy, how cool would it be to get the return-to-Brooklyn-themed show on home video .... then a "tour highlights" CD featuring the songs she added on the road?
- Duet album. Walter Afanasieff and Babyface are producing an all-star album of duets for Streisand. Work on the album began before her Fall concert tour. The album isn't finished, so stay tuned for more info once they finish work on it. According to Afanasieff's website, musicians like Usher, Babyface, Willie Nelson, Robin Thicke, Lionel Richie, YoYo Ma, & others will record with Streisand. A duet with Barbra's son, Jason Gould, will probably be on the album, too. Willie Nelson said yesterday: “Believe it or not, Barbra Streisand and I did a duet together. She had somebody write a song for her and I thought it was pretty good, so it will be coming out one day.” Another song Barbra mentioned she would like to record for the album is “Any Moment Now” by Hamlisch/Leigh.
- Release Me 2. There's more songs from the vault to be released!
- Skinny & Cat. The movie about American photographer Margaret Bourke-White's marriage to novelist Erskine Caldwell in the late 1930s. Barbra directing. Cate Blanchett and Colin Firth starring. It looks like Barbra finally got some traction on this movie and it might be going before the cameras sooner than ...
- Gypsy. Well, no news is .... no news. Last we heard, Julian Fellowes was writing the screenplay. There was some movie industry gossip that producer Joel Silver had not secured financing for the film. However, Silver attended Barbra's Brooklyn concert where she performed two songs from the Gypsy score. During one of her concerts last month, a fan actually asked Barbra (i.e. yelled out) if she was doing Gypsy. Barbra's answer? “I sure hope so.”
- Blu-rays! I've got intelligence that Funny Girl, Funny Lady, The Way We Were, and Hello, Dolly! are all coming out on Blu-ray next year. A Star is Born has been officially announced for Blu-ray from Warner Home Video on Feb. 5, 2013 (pre-order here). For the Columbia/Sony titles, pay attention to this site and look for limited editions to be produced.
November 19, 2012
“Guilt Trip” is Coming!
Paramount is increasing their promotion for The Guilt Trip, which opens on December 19th. (see the new poster, below).
November 12, 2012
Barbra Wraps Up Tour
Barbra Streisand wrapped up her “mini-tour” last night at the Hollywood Bowl.
I've got a page up about Friday night's show at the Bowl (which I attended. Barbra warmed us up, despite the cold!)
November 7, 2012
MusiCares DVD/Blu-Ray — My Review
I received DVD and Blu-ray preview copies of A MusiCares Tribute to Barbra Streisand and have a review for you.
On February 11, 2011, Barbra Streisand was honored as the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year. At a gala event in Los Angeles, Barbra and an all-star cast of guests performed many of the songs she made famous throughout her illustrious career.
If you enjoy hearing Barbra's hits "remixed" and "reimagined" and sung by other artists, then you will enjoy this show. All the performers here are in great voice, and it's very cool to hear these well-known songs redone.You'll have to wait till the end to hear Ms. Streisand herself, but I think the journey is worth the wait.
Diana Krall's "Down With Love" was a surprise. She plays with the song's rhythms and tempo, and even weaves in snippets of other Streisand tunes. Fun!
Seal's “Guilty” is sexy, and gets a refreshing remake. Leonis Lewis is ethereal in “Somewhere.”
The Yanofsky/Hancock voice/piano/jazz version of "Clear Day" and "Lazy Afternoon" is ... weird. Very "minor chords." And after all that dark music, she breaks into an uptempo swing -- wow, this medley is all over the place. Still, musically, it is solid and it was cool to see them take such a chance.
Lea Michelle has the vocal chops to pull of the Streisand version of "My Man." Despite a note-for-note interpretation of Streisand's original version, Michelle can certainly sing and she looks gorgeous.
Faith Hill is not "an actress who sings" (like Barbra is), but her "Send in the Clowns" is beautiful.
Manilow performs "Memory" as a huge anthem and really brings down the house.
Tony Bennett doing "Smile" ..... wow. No one sings like this any more! He walks out and delivers the song. Nothing extra. Just straight and sincere. Tony Bennett rocks!
Barbra's "Windmills" and "Never Say Goodbye" are gorgeous. She hasn't sung either on the current tour, so it's nice to have a record of this show.
For those wondering: There's no talking on the disc; no introductions to the songs — it's all cut (we do not hear, for instance, Streisand liken singing "Goodbye" to being Shakespeare's Juliet). Only Bill Maher and his (political) comedy monologue makes the final cut.
Technically, the Blu-ray I watched looks gorgeous. The picture (1080i and 1.78:1 format) is sharp and the colors are gorgeously saturated. The sound, too, is pristine—English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1.
So, minus the all the talking and award-giving, this show's all about the music. As it should be! The stars really came out to toast Ms. Streisand that night. And now, with this Blu-ray and DVD, we all have a front row seat.
- Down With Love — Diana Krall
- Guilty — Seal
- Somewhere — Leona Lewis
- On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever) / Lazy Afternoon— Herbie Hancock & Nikki Yanofsky
- My Man — Lea Michele
- Come Rain Or Come Shine — Jeff Beck, Leann Rimes & Bebe Winans
- Send In The Clowns — Faith Hill
- One Less Bell To Answer / A House Is Not A Home — Kristin Chenoweth & Matthew Morrison
- Memory — Barry Manilow
- Smile — Tony Bennett
- People — Stevie Wonder, Featuring Arturo Sandoval
- Windmills Of Your Mind — Barbra Streisand
- The Promise (I'll Never Say Goodbye) — Barbra Streisand
—Review by Matt Howe, Barbra-Archives.com
Streisand wraps Tour at the Bowl
I'm really looking forward to Streisand's last two shows at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend (I'll be attending the Friday, Nov. 9th show with my friend Paul).
Streisand has some history with the Hollywood Bowl. She first appeared there in 1963 on the same bill as Sammy Davis, Jr. and the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
She returned to the Bowl in 1967 for two events: a pro-Israel rally in June, and again in July for a concert.
Then in 1968, Barbra participated in a fundraiser the Southern Christian Leadership conference. (She closed the show with “People.”)
Barbra didn't make it back to the Bowl until 2005, when she sang “Happy Birthday” to Stephen Sondheim at his 75th Birthday Concert.
Now, in 2012, she wraps up her concert tour there!
November 5, 2012
Barbra, John, and Olivia Sing
I've heard the track “I'll Be Home For Christmas” from the forthcoming album This Christmas with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John and can confirm it's John, Olivia and Barbra all singing the Christmas classic.
This Christmas will be released November 13th.
Travolta and Newton-John will donate the artist proceeds from the album equally to their respective charities, the Jett Travolta Foundation and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia. The album was produced by veteran keyboardist/arranger/orchestrator (and Streisand musician) Randy Waldman.
November 2, 2012
Barbra Makes Video for NJDC
The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) released a video today featuring renowned actress and singer Barbra Streisand stating her proud support for President Barack Obama. Streisand has been a longtime supporter of the President and felt it essential to lend her voice during these crucial final days of the 2012 campaign.
“We are extremely humbled and honored to work with Barbra Streisand on this video,” said NJDC Chair Marc R. Stanley. “Ms. Streisand is a legendary actress, a longtime icon in our community, and a vaunted political activist. She has been supportive of President Obama from the beginning and wanted to help our efforts to educate voters about the President’s true record on Israel.”
“As a lifelong advocate for women’s and LGBT issues, Streisand is truly frightened by the giant step backwards a Romney-Ryan ticket represents,” said NJDC President and CEO David A. Harris. “She is committed to doing everything she can to make it clear why President Obama will be the choice for Jewish voters.”
Hi, this is Barbra Streisand. In this election, we have a choice between two candidates. President Obama, who has taken our country forward by expanding women’s rights and fighting for social and economic justice. He’s got our economy moving in the right direction.
President Obama has supported Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood, and equal pay for women from his first day in office. And his landmark health care law provided millions of women with access to contraception and mammograms that they couldn’t have afford before.
President Obama continues to stand strongly with our ally Israel and in preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons while implementing the strictest sanctions ever.
He has also done more for the LGBT community than any president before, repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and signing the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act into law.
Governor Romney would take us backwards and is as extreme as it gets when it comes to a woman’s right to choose and giving America’s wealthiest even more tax cuts on the backs of the middle class. A Romney administration would deny health insurance to about 45 million people, end Medicare as we know it, and would savagely cut Medicaid which now covers more than 50 million Americans. A Romney Administration would oppose the Buffett Rule, which would help ensure that those who make one million dollars per year pay their fair share of taxes.
Mitt Romney does not share our values. I know Barack Obama does. In this good man, we have a president we can trust, a president whom I trust. For me the choice is clear; I hope it is for you.
November 1, 2012
Restored Funny Girl Opens Fest; Blu-ray Next?
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2013 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the musical classic Funny Girl (1968). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Funny Girl to kick off the four-day, star-studded event taking place Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Hollywood. In addition to Funny Girl, the TCM Classic Film Festival will feature world premiere restorations of The General (1926), Giant (1956) and The Great Escape (1962), with many additional titles to be announced later.
Passes for the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival are set to go on sale to the public Thursday, Nov. 15, at noon (ET). Passes can be purchased exclusively through the official festival website: http://www.tcm.com/festival.
Also announced today, Vanity Fair will serve as official partner for the TCM Classic Film Festival for the fourth consecutive year. Vanity Fair will co-present the after-party following the gala opening-night screening of Funny Girl.
Restored in 4K from the original camera negative by Sony Pictures Colorworks in celebration of its 45th anniversary, Funny Girl stars Barbra Streisand in her Oscar®-winning performance as Ziegfeld Follies comedienne Fanny Brice. Omar Sharif co-stars as high-rolling entrepreneur Nicky Arnstein, with Hollywood veteran William Wyler in the director's chair. Adapted from the popular Broadway musical that earned Streisand a Tony nomination, Funny Girl features a score by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill. Among the many memorable songs featured are "People" and "Don't Rain on My Parade," both of which became signature Streisand hits.
I reported earlier that Funny Girl was due on Blu-ray from Sony in 2013. This certainly is a good sign that it's coming soon. Liza Minnelli's Cabaret took a similar route in 2012. A restored version of her 1972 film premiered at the TCM Festival in April. The Cabaret Blu-ray will be released February 2013.
October 31, 2012
“Guilt Trip” Opens Early
Paramount's The Guilt Trip, with Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand, has been 'upgraded' to a Dec. 19th opening date. Previously, it was Dec. 25th.
Barbra in Vegas
Streisand performs November 2nd in Las Vegas! Set list & photos/reviews for the Las Vegas 2012 Tour page, please! (Use one of the other 2012 concerts as your set list template!)
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All About Barbra #73
Editor Lynne Pounder tells meAll About Barbra issue 73 is packed with stories about Barbra's concert tour and other goodies, including articles by Richard Jay-Alexander and Jay Landers. #73 also includes ANOTHER (yes a second) magazine inside: Barbra: Celebrating 50 years. It is a beautifully printed, 24 page second issue reflecting Barbra’s amazing life and triumph filled 50 years in entertainment.
October 23, 2012
Garry Moore Show coming to DVD
TV Shows On DVD is reporting that Legendary Entertainment Alliance and distributor eOne Entertainment have scheduled The Garry Moore Show - First Performances, Vol. 1 on DVD for January 15, 2013. This 240-minute disc is priced at $14.98. Barbra appeared on the show in 1962 and sang “When the Sun Comes Out,” as well as the first performance of “Happy Days Are Here Again.” No word on if this DVD will contain the complete episode or merely highlights.
Meanwhile, the 2011 MusiCares concert is coming to Blu-ray/DVD on November 13, 2012. I've had a chance to preview the disc and will have my review closer to the street-date. You can pre-order MusiCares DVD and Blu-ray by clicking here.
Barbra Plays Toronto Tonight
Send me your photos, reviews, and the SET LIST! (you can use previous shows as a guide).
Email me: matt [at] barbra-archives [dot] com.
I've got new fan reviews and photos up on the Philly, Brooklyn, and Montreal pages, so click over to the 2012 Tour page and explore.
October 17, 2012
Charting “Release Me” + Concerts
Release Me came in at #7, with 44,000 sold on the Billboard 200 chart.
According to Billboard:
- This marks Barbra's 32nd top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart
- Release Me is Barbra's sixth consecutive top 10 album in a row (beginning with 2003's "The Movie Album"—which peaked at No. 3—and including Barbra's #1 album, "Love is the Answer" in 2009.)
- This #7 charting “extends her lead as the woman with the most top 10 albums in history.”
Here's the official press release:
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BARBRA STREISAND'S "RELEASE ME" HITS THE CHARTS AT #7, HER 32ND TOP TEN ALBUM BOLSTERING HER POSITION AS THE THIRD HIGHEST ACHIEVING ARTIST EVER IN THAT MAJOR STAT LAST HALF DOZEN NEW STREISAND ALBUMS HAVE CHARTED IN TOP TEN
Adding to her lead over The Beatles as the third highest ranked recording act or artist in achievement of one of the industry's most respected statistics, the number of albums to attain Top Ten status, Barbra Streisand's new Columbia Records album, "Release Me," will debut at #7 this week. It becomes her 32nd album and sixth in a row to rank in the top ten. The only artists with more in that category are The Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra.
A year ago, when her album "What Matters Most" arrived on the charts at #4, Streisand eased past The Beatles with whom she had been tied for third place with 30. "Release Me" is comprised of eleven recordings, dating back as far as 1967, which were not included on the albums for which they had been intended. They've all been stored in her vault until now. Over the past year, the artist painstakingly selected recordings to create "Release Me".
All of Streisand's six most recent albums of new material have charted top ten. 2009's "Love Is The Answer," became her 9th Number One album, making her the only artist or act to have Number One Albums in five consecutive decades. Prior to that, her 2007 album "Streisand: Live In Concert" was ranked seventh, "Guilty Pleasures" in 2005 reached number five and "The Movie Album" (2003) arrived in the number five spot as well.
The most accomplished female recording artist ever, Barbra Streisand has received 10 Grammys-including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Grammy Legend Awards-51 gold albums, 30 platinum albums, and 13 multi-platinum albums. According to the RIAA, Barbra Streisand is the #1 best-selling female recording artist in history and the only woman to make the Top 10 all-time best-selling artists list.
Highlights of "Release Me," her latest top ten winner, include: "Didn't We" written by Jimmy Webb - recorded in 1970 for an unreleased album project titled The Singer; the standard "Willow Weep For Me" - an unreleased track recorded in 1967 for Simply Streisand, arranged by Ray Ellis . noted for his legendary work with Billie Holiday; A striking version of Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going Rain Today," with Barbra on vocals and Newman on piano - from the 1971 Stoney End sessions; an unreleased studio version of "With One More Look At You" from A Star Is Born; Two tracks from the unreleased sequel to the acclaimed The Broadway Album, titled Back To Broadway - "Home" (from The Wiz) and "How Are Things In Glocca Morra ? / Heather On The Hill" (from Finian's Rainbow / Brigadoon).
The complete track listing for Release Me features: Being Good Isn't Good Enough (from Hallelujah, Baby!), Didn't We, Willow Weep For Me, Try To Win A Friend, I Think It's Going To Rain Today, With One More Look At You (from A Star Is Born,) Lost In Wonderland, How Are Things In Glocca Morra? / Heather On The Hill (from Finian's Rainbow / Brigadoon,) Mother And Child, If It's Meant To Be, Home (from The Wiz).
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Meanwhile, Broadway World is pointing out that “For the first time ever in the history of Amazon, a mother and her son have number one albums during the week of their release. Barbra Streisand’s Release Me holds the number one spot in the Broadway & Vocalists, General Vocal Pop, and Contemporary Vocal Pop categories. And Gould’s premiere, self titled EP: Jason Gould, holds the number one spot for MP3 compilations in the Broadway & Vocalists category.”
Back To Brooklyn Tour
I'm covering Barbra's tour, just as I did in 2006. Check out the tour page.
Tonight, Barbra performs live in Montreal. Send me the set list and any reviews you have and I'll post them on the Montreal concert page here!
Allison Waldman's review of the Brooklyn shows is up here.
October 14, 2012
I've got set lists for Thursday and last night's show up ... can I tell you how amazing Barbra was last night? Best show yet! They filmed both shows (as well as a Friday show for extra shots, sans audience), so it's inevitable that a DVD/Blu-ray and possibly TV special will eventually be released.
By the way ... I must tell y'all how much fun it was to meet all the Barbra fans at these concerts! I was feeling the love. Thanks to EVERYONE who came up and said hello to me and Dan.
October 11, 2012
Star is Born Blu-Ray Announced
Warner Home Video will release Streisand's 1976 film, A Star is Born, on Blu-ray on February 5, 2013. The film will be packaged with a 40-page Blu-ray book filled with live performance and rare photos. Bonus features appear to be the same as the DVD, which was released in 2003. You can pre-order the Blu-ray here at Amazon.com.
Funny Girl Blu-ray in 2013, Too!
In an article about Sony's restoration of their classic film, Lawrence of Arabia, Sony Pictures' Grover Crisp (Executive Vice President of Asset Management, Film Restoration & Digital Mastering) confirmed that Streisand's 1968 Funny Girl film is on its way to Blu-ray in 2013 (no specific date announced yet).
In a nutshell: Barbra looked and sounded stunning! The show is a real winner.
I had such a fun time meeting all the Streisand fans at the show! I really considered myself to be one of “the luckiest people in the world” ... truly!
(Photo, above:) I finally got to meet Craig Hall (Barbra News) in person! We had fun before and after the concert!
(Photo, above:) I also got a chance to connect with Dennis, who is a friend to this site and loves the early Streisand TV shows as much as I do. We last connected at the 2006 concerts, so I joked that I'll see him again in 2018!
(Photo, above:) And here I am with my friend Brett from D.C. and Linda from Twitter! It was so nice to meet people like Linda who I only know from Tweets!
(Photo, above:) Here's me and Erin, who was so sweet. Don't you love her sign, “Barbra My Inspiration” ?!
Brooklyn or Bust
Safe travels to all the Streisand fans heading to Brooklyn this week! I'll be at both shows.
October 7, 2012
I'm in Philadelphia!
USA Today's Elysa Gardner has an interview with Barbra and Richard Jay-Alexander.
One choice quote from the article: “Jason [Gould, Barbra's son] will be on the entire tour with us,” Jay-Alexander says. “He has his mother's mellifluence, and like her, he never sings a song the same way twice. She's wildly proud of him.”
I'll be covering tomorrow night's opening night concert ... get ready for Barbra's opening night of Back to Brooklyn!! It's going to be (my new, favorite phrase) crazy-good!
Tomorrow is opening night for Barbra's Back to Brooklyn concert tour. She'll play the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Fanfire is already showing some of the merchandise (playing cards, T-shirts, tour program, etc. ) that will be sold at the concerts. Ready to add a new Barbra T-shirt to your collection? Look at this one:
Please send your photos, reviews, and more to me and I'll post them on the Philadelphia page, just like I did in 2006. (Disclaimer: I may have to edit; and I can't post everything.)
matt [at] barbra-archives [dot] com
October 4, 2012
Jason Gould Interview
David Munk's most excellent interview with his friend, Jason Gould, was posted this morning, including the entire track, “Morning Prayer,” which Jason co-wrote with Marsha Malamet and Liz Vidal.
Meanwhile, Jason has launched his own official site, www.jasongouldmusic.com.
Barbra on Blu-ray
As I reported earlier, Hello, Dolly! (1969) is slated for release in the Blu-ray format Spring 2013 from Fox (I can confirm it is being worked on right now!)
Digital Bits is also reporting Streisand's A Star is Born (1976) will debut in the format in 2013 from Warner Brothers. No release date at this point.
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October 3, 2012
Guilt Trip Trailer
This looks FUN, right?!
Meanwhile, check out all the photos and the story about Guilt Trip over at USA Today.
October 2, 2012
Guilt Trip Poster
Here it is, folks!
The trailer will be online tomorrow.
Coming soon, too: www.GuiltTripMovie.com
Barbra gave an interview to Mesfin Fekadu/AP:
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Back in the day, if Barbra Streisand made one vocal error or found one problem while recording a song, she’d toss the whole thing.
“If I didn’t like that one word, I wouldn’t release the record,” the 70-year-old said in a recent interview. “Because in those days ... we did take one, take two, take three. We made albums in three days. Twelve songs. We didn’t have this digital way.”
Now, because of her perfectionism, she has a case full of unreleased material, and she’s decided to share it with the world.
“Release Me,” a collection of Streisand songs she recorded in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, is out Tuesday. It also includes the new song “If It’s Meant to Be,” written by her longtime friends and collaborators, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, recorded last year.
Besides the new album, Streisand is readying another duets album and a launching a U.S. tour on Thursday in Philadelphia. She talked with The Associated Press about it all, including politics.
AP: How’s does it feel to finally release this music?
Streisand: It feels liberating. It’s really interesting because I don’t listen to my records after I make them. I am so sick of them because you have to listen to them over and over, in a car, with good speakers, bad speakers. I get so sick of it that I never hear anything. But I had this black case in my house for so long called “Unreleased songs.” Listening to some of them again I thought, “God, I was hard on myself.”
AP: How many songs are in that black case?
Streisand: I have another album or two. ... I really wasn’t aware of how many things I had in there, between films and videotapes and TV shows. I actually never (have) been to my vaults, can you imagine? I just see them in pictures.
AP: What would Barbra now say to Barbra back then?
Streisand: Be easier on yourself. A lot of these things were done in one take; we don’t have a choice and I didn’t want to fix it. I didn’t want to go in and fix things.
AP: You’re returning to your hometown, Brooklyn, N.Y., for your tour at the new Barclays Center. How does that feel?
Streisand: It’s like a coming home. It’s coming back to my roots. It’s where I was born. It was where I was raised. I didn’t go into Manhattan ‘til I was 14 years old. I didn’t even know it existed. I thought the world was just Brooklyn.
AP: Do you remember first going into Manhattan?
Streisand: I’ll never forget that moment taking the subway to see the theatre ‘cause I wanted to be an actress. ... Just what was happening in that city, my God. So exciting for me as a 14-year-old.
AP: What can people expect from the tour?
Streisand: A lot of songs I’ve never sung live before. Some songs I wrote, even. I wrote a song in “A Star Is Born” - “Evergreen” became the hit - but not the other song, “Lost Inside of You,” that I wrote with Leon Russell, and now we just recorded it for the duets album. Haven’t picked who’s going to sing the duet yet. But it’s really cool. I’m working with Babyface. ... (Babyface) is fantastic. I hope people can sing as good as him because ... he’s just fabulous.
AP: What did you think of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions?
Streisand: I am glued. ... I watch news shows - MSNBC, CNN. Thank God (President Barack) Obama’s pulling ahead because it’s a clear choice, you know, in my opinion. If you want to survive as a planet, recognize that there is climate change and you want to protect your food and your air and your water from pesticides, chemicals, you want to focus on education and young people and giving healthcare to the public - there’s no choice.
AP: Are there any contemporary musicians who are impressing you?
Streisand: I haven’t had time to listen. When I finish an album like “Release Me” and now working on the duets album, believe me, I never turn on the radio. I only listen to news; something that concerns the whole country and world.
When in Brookyn ...
I'm looking forward to the Brooklyn concerts, which will prove to be both historic and fantastic, I'm sure!
I'm hoping to say hello to Streisand fans at Barclays, too!
I thought I'd post a few items that you can add to your "to do" list in between the actual Streisand concert shows.
Hello Gorgeous! A Salute to the Streisand Songbook (benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS)
Friday, Oct 12, 2012 8:00p
Kaye Playhouse @ Hunter College New York, NY
As New York City celebrates the return of everyone's favorite Funny Girl, the worlds of Broadway, TV, cabaret and the recording industry will come together Friday, October 12 to salute the greatest star with the one-night-only concert "Hello Gorgeous! A Salute to the Streisand Songbook", presented by Scott Nevins and Joe Lodato and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Acclaimed singer/actress Lorna Luft and multi-award winning singer/songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway lead the impressive list of performers, which includes Tony Award-winner Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden), Tituss Burgess (30 Rock, The Little Mermaid), Nick Adams (Priscilla: Queen of the Desert), Von Smith (Opening Act on E!), Saycon Sengbloh (Wicked, The Color Purple), Marty Thomas (Xanadu, Wicked), Erin Quill (Avenue Q), Natalie Toro (A Tale of Two Cities), Kristy Cates (Wicked), Natalie Joy Johnson (Legally Blonde), Jim Caruso ("Cast Party" at Birdland), Steven Brinberg (Simply Barbra) and recording artist Kelly King. The evening will be hosted by award-winning TV personality Scott Nevins (from truTV's hit show The World's Dumbest) with Brad Gardner as the evening's music director. With Barbra back in her hometown of Brooklyn to deliver two sold-out concerts, NYC's finest performers gather together on the evening between her shows to salute her stellar catalogue of music at 8 PM October 12 on the stage of the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (East 68th Street between Park Lexington Avenues). VIP tickets are $125 and include premium seating a VIP after-party. Orchestra seats are $65 and Balcony $25. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids is one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit Aids fundraising and grant-making organizations. MORE INFO.
And if you're looking for something to do Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn (and win tickets to see Barbra that evening!):
October 1, 2012
USA Today Highlights “Guilt Trip”
With lots of new photos! The Guilt Trip stars Seth Rogen and Barbra and opens December 25th in the U.S.
50 Years Ago Today ...
... Barbra Streisand signed to Columbia Records. Congrats to Barbra and Columbia for all these years of making beautiful music together!
Lyric Video for “Rain Today”
Columbia today posted this lovely lyric video to “I Think It's Going to Rain Today” from the forthcoming Release Me album. Isn't this fantastic?
As I have done in the past (see 2006 tour), I am going to post set lists, fan reviews, local reviews, official photos, and fan photos on the 2012 Streisand Tour pages. So, please, send your pics and fan reviews to me: matt [at] barbra-archives [dot] com! (As usual, if you send me things to post, I reserve the right to edit or not post — but most fans that have sent me info from past concerts know how much fun it is to share!)
FYI, I plan on attending a few of the upcoming shows! I may not be able to post concert info as quickly as I did in 2006 (I'm in NYC for almost a whole week!) — but I'll get things posted as soon as I can!
(Follow me on Twitter ... I'll be able to Tweet info very easily from the venues. If you don't use Twitter, I am showing my last 5 Tweets in the left-hand column of this page).
September 30, 2012
BJS & ONJ
Barbra Streisand is involved with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta's upcoming holiday CD, This Christmas, which is due for release by Universal Music Group on November 13th.
I'm told BJS and ONJ sing together on the CD, but complete details are not known at this point (but I hear an official announcement is coming soon). Apparently, Travolta and ONJ duet as well, and there are other famous recording artists enlisted to perform on the CD.
It appears from the official announcement that the only new track is Travolta and ONJ. Streisand's track, “I'll Be Home For Christmas” looks to be licensed for this Christmas collection. It originally appeared on her 2001 Christmas Memories album.
If you're interested, you can pre-order This Christmas over at Amazon.com.
September 27, 2012
Jason Gould EP Due Oct. 9
Jason Gould has an EP of five songs available for download on Oct. 9th from Amazon and iTunes.
Gould will be singing live with his mother on her concert tour.
Out of the five songs on his first musical release, three are pop/standards.
“This Masquerade” is a song by Leon Russell (A Star is Born) and was a Grammy Award-winning hit for George Benson. (Barbra actually recorded this one, too, back in the day, but it remains unreleased.)
“How Deep is the Ocean” is the Irving Berlin standard.
“Nature Boy,” by Eden Ahbez, was popularized by Nat King Cole. Stephan Oberhoff and Jason produced his track.
Meanwhile, “Morning Prayer” is a song Jason wrote with Marsha Malamet (who wrote “Lessons To Be Learned” from Higher Ground).
Here is Jason's official teaser video:
Jason is Barbra and Elliott Gould's son; he portrayed Bernard in the 1991 film The Prince of Tides; he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the short film Inside Out in 1997.
... and now he is singing (well!). Congrats all around!
Meanwhile ... 11 days till the Philadelphia concert ... and 14 days till Brooklyn!!
UPDATE: Interested in hearing/learning more about Jason and his musical journey? www.stargayzing.com will publish an interview with Jason on Thursday, Oct. 4th. The site will also be premiering a song from his EP simultaneously, as well as sharing a teaser of three of the songs from Jason's EP very soon ... so stay tuned!
September 26, 2012
“How Are Things ....” ?
Playbill has the following video of Barbra talking about “How Are Things in Glocca Mora” from Release Me:
Have you read the most excellent review of Release Me over at Huffington Post? Here's the link. Enjoy!
September 25, 2012
Barbra Streisand dropped by the new Katie Couric show to talk about women's health, her Brooklyn concerts, Release Me, and more. Here are highlights of what they discussed:
- Barbra said that when the world of movies is uncertain she likes to return to the concert stage because she enjoys the interaction with her audiences.
- Barbra will be singing some never-performed-live songs on her concert tour, including “By the Way.”
- As reported yesterday, Barbra let spill that her son Jason will be singing with her on stage in Brooklyn!
- Jason will also be on her upcoming album of duets, produced by Babyface Edmonds.
- The Katie show ran some rare footage of Barbra singing “How Are Things In Glocca Mora” in the recording studio, as well as an alternate camera angle of Barbra's film performance of “With One More Look At You.”
Couric allotted a significant part of the hour-long show to Barbra and Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to talk about heart disease in women. What a valuable service, and a great way to get the information out to a large audience!
November 11 Concert Added
Barbra will perform a second Hollywood Bowl show in Los Angeles on November 11th.
Fan pre-sale begins Sept. 27 at 10 am ET at ticketmaster.com. Public on sale Oct. 1 at 10 am ET.
Guilt Trip: First Look!
Yahoo has posted a scene from The Guilt Trip—the upcoming film with Streisand and Seth Rogen. Look at this:
BJS at CGI
Here's Barbra—President of The Streisand Foundation—taking her seat at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual meeting in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea Clinton is at right and Donna Karan is seated. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
September 24, 2012
“Release Me” Vol. 2?! + Future Projects Info
Since the vinyl version of Release Me is already in some fans' hands, I can reveal some interesting info in the liner notes:
- Volume 2 of Release Me is mentioned: “Once You've Been in Love,” “The Smile I Never Smiled” (both Legrand/Bergman songs) as well as “Make Our Garden Grow” are all mentioned in the liner notes as appearing on a second volume.
- The liner notes also mention the name of the upcoming 12-DVD set: Barbra Streisand: My Life in Words and Music
Look for an official lyric video from Sony in the near future to promote Release Me.
Meanwhile .... it's 14 days until Barbra opens her concert tour in Philadelphia, and 17 days until she debuts in Brooklyn. OMG!!!!! Barbra reveals on Katie Couric that, not only does her son, Jason Gould, have a marvelous voice — he is singing with her in concert in Brooklyn!!!! Watch the clip here at Broadway World.
Also on that clip: Barbra talks about duet partners for her upcoming Duets album, produced by Babyface Edmonds. Barbra mentions that she'd love to record with Bocelli, Keith Urban, Usher, John Legend, and her son, Jason!
Hmmm, all the duet partners she mentions are men.
September 23, 2012
Debra Meets Barbra
Debra Messing—Grace from Will and Grace, now starring in Smash—has long been a Barbra Streisand fan. Recently, in an interview about Smash, Messing said she'd love to have Barbra guest star on the show. “Funny Girl was my favorite movie growing up, and she was my idol,” Messing said. “She started out on Broadway, and I think it would be great if she would come on and play my mother.”
Well, on Thursday, Messing was able to connect with Streisand at the Four Seasons in New York at the women’s heart disease luncheon she attended. She brought with her a Playbill from Funny Girl (1964) and asked Streisand to sign it. “Happy memories,” Barbra sighed before she signed. Messing tweeted this picture:
And here's a photo from the luncheon with Messing and Streisand holding the Funny Girl Playbill:
Sept. 18, 2012: Dr. Holly Andersen, Debra Messing, Barbra Streisand, Catherine Zeta Jones attend The Perelman/Streisand Women's Heart Health Luncheon hosted by Ronald Perelman and Barbra Streisand held at Four Seasons Restaurant, NYC. Photo Credit: Patrick Mcmullan/PatrickMcMullan.com/Sipa
Release Me LP Released!
The Release Me vinyl LP comes out Tuesday, Sept. 25th (CD is due Oct. 9th). Here's a look at the inside liner notes...
September 20, 2012
Katie Couric ran a teaser for Streisand's appearance on her show Tuesday, Sept. 25th — featuring rare footage of Streisand in the recording studio and on the David Frost show. The episode was filmed Wednesday 9/19, and Barbra looks amazing, right?!
Here's a preview of Tuesday's show:
Streisand Supports Women's Health
From Womens Wear Daily:
Ron Perelman speaks his mind — and what was on his mind Thursday afternoon at the Four Seasons in New York was women’s heart disease. Perelman, chairman and chief executive officer of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. and chairman of Revlon, threw the lunch in the restaurant’s Pool Room to honor Barbra Streisand and the work done by the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and the Women’s Initiative of the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
“She’s one of the most beautiful and talented women in the world — and a pain in the ass, just like me,” Perelman said with a laugh as he introduced Streisand to the crowd, which included Debra Messing, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Donna Karan, Star Jones, Gayle King, newly named Cosmopolitan editor in chief Joanna Coles and Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive. “Barbra called me about six months ago and said she thought it would be wonderful if we could work together. Through her efforts, we have the opportunity to help many more women.” Surveying the crowd of about 65 people, he added, “Next year, I’d like to fill all three rooms at the Four Seasons.” Perelman donated $1 million to Streisand’s center at Cedars-Sinai, as well.
Streisand pointed out that Americans spend $7 billion a year on potato chips and $110 billion on fast food, but only a tiny fraction of that total is spent on heart research — and only on men’s hearts, which Streisand sees as a gender equality issue. “Women have different plumbing,” said a Donna Karan-clad Streisand. “I’ve always been outspoken on civil rights, and this matters. Women are still being treated as second-class citizens when it comes to heart disease, which kills more women than all types of cancer combined. Far more women than men die of heart disease. And heart research done on women also benefits men, especially when it comes to stem-cell research.”
Deputy Mayor Patti Harris read a proclamation from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, declaring the day as Women’s Heart Health Day.
The luncheon was cohosted by Dr. Holly S. Andersen, director of education and women’s heart health at the Perelman Heart Institute, and Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz, director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center.
“Release Me” On QVC
The DVD-CD bundle of Release Me is now up for sale at QVC. Click here to order.
Richard Jay-Alexander appeared this morning after 8:30 am and Noon to plug the album (which is being released on CD Oct. 9th.)
At the noon segment, Barbra herself called into the show and talked with host Jonathan Redford (related to Robert Redford—first cousin, twice-removed.)
Barbra, on her way to a women's heart disease luncheon, talked about the songs on Release Me.
“People have heard about them. And there's some like ‘Glocca Mora’ on YouTube, I guess. So, you know, I figured why not release them since people know about them?”
On why she didn't release the songs in the first place, Streisand said, “I was always more finicky earlier on. If I didn't like one note I didn't release something, but they're pretty good.
“Whatever flaws I think they have ... I'm just leaving them there. I'm less demanding now, more forgiving of myself. It's my work and I wanted to share it with the public.”
Barbra joked during the call-in, “How 'bout I don't even have a copy? I worked on this album for a long time, I don't even have a copy. Can I buy one?”
When Richard Jay-Alexander confessed he bought ten CDs today, Barbra said with a laugh, “No! I'm only gonna buy one, Richard.”
Finally, before she hung up to go to her luncheon, Barbra revealed, “Aren't the vaults interesting? They're humongous. All these side passages filled with these things. There's probably a volume 2 to be had, too, because I have enough songs for volume 2, probably three.”
A look at the inside of the CD package:
I Loves You Porgy ...
Audra McDonald tweeted her excitement about Streisand seeing The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess last night.
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) David Alan Grier, Donna Karan, Norm Lewis, Barbra Streisand and Audra McDonald pose backstage at the Tony Winning Revival of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on September 19, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
September 18, 2012
Streisand All Over
couple of few things to bring to your attention today:
The Juilliard memorial for the late Marvin Hamlisch took place tonight in a theater at The Juilliard School, where Hamlisch became the youngest person accepted at age 7.
"I want to send Marvin off in a big way," Barbra said in her comments about Hamlisch tonight. "Marvin. The name itself makes me smile," she said.
Liza Minnelli sang "If You Really Knew Me" from the musical "They're Playing My Song." Aretha Franklin gave a soulful rendition of "Nobody Does It Better" from the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me." Barbra Streisand prefaced her renditions of “The Way We Were” and “Through the Eyes of Love” [note: Hamlisch's tune from the movie Ice Castles] by saying “Marvin … the name itself makes me smile.” Tamir Hendelman accompanied her on piano; with Robbie Kondor on synthesizer.
Streisand, who wore all black and sat on a stool, said she first met Hamlisch in 1963 when he was her rehearsal pianist in her breakout Broadway show, "Funny Girl." He also was tasked with getting everyone coffee.
Since Streisand didn't drink coffee, he would bring her chocolate doughnuts.
"He always brought me two, and so our love affair began," Streisand said as the crowd laughed.
Release Me Video
First, this video of Barbra speaking about “I Think It's Going To Rain Today” from Release Me:
Also, Barbra wrote this essay for The Huffington Post.
“Men of Peace and Vision ... Olof Palme”
Barbra said those words when she introduced “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” during her One Voice concert in 1986. Now, she makes a newsreel cameo (circa 1970?) in a new documentary about Palme, Sweden’s most famous politician who was shot to death in 1986 on the streets of Stockholm. Watch the trailer and read about the film at its official site, here. (Thank you, Magnus, for the tip!)
September 17, 2012
The Advocate has an exclusive preview of “Home” from The Wiz from her upcoming album of unreleased tracks, Release Me.
Visit The Advocate and listen to the amazing track!
Very interesting info about “Home”: ... But while listening to her powerful 25-year-old vocals on the track, Streisand decided to re-record the bass, drums, and piano in order to fully realize the potential of the more uptempo arrangement of the popular standard [...] Streisand, a noted perfectionist, even enlisted the same three musicians who had played on the original session for the song to maintain continuity.
September 14, 2012
QVC DVD Revealed
Barbra's new album, Release Me, will be featured on QVC, sold with a bonus DVD.
Barbra's tour director, Richard Jay-Alexander, will appear on QVC Thursday, September 20 at 7 AM and noon (ET).
Here's the cover art:
As for the contents, BarbraStreisand.com says the 13-minute DVD will contain track-by-track commentary by Barbra (filmed in August), plus archival footage of Streisand in the studio.
Fans: Release Me, with the bonus DVD, will be available beginning September 20 through QVC at 800.345.1515 or www.QVC.com, while supplies last.
Barbra on Katie: Update
Several television schedule sites online are listing Streisand appearing on the Katie Couric show on September 24, 2012. Katie's official site still says Streisand is “coming in September.”
“Barbra Memories” Book
Tis the season for fan-written books about Barbra Streisand! It's really wonderful that in this day and age of self-publishing, fans can put out quality publications about Barbra.
On September 4, I alerted you all about Paul Busa's wonderful Streisand collector's book, The Barbra Streisand Record & CD Collector's Guide 1962-2012 [which you can order at Amazon.com here].
Allison Waldman, meanwhile, has compiled a very different, but just as wonderful book called Barbra Memories. The book was created to commemorate and celebrate Barbra Streisand's 50th anniversary in show business, with remembrances, anecdotes and tributes to the Greatest Star by her most ardent fans (I contributed my story to the book!).
Allison, by the way, is the author of The Barbra Streisand Scrapbook.
She's selling the 152-page, full color, perfect-bound book over at The Book Patch. Click here to order.
September 13, 2012
Barbra Adds West Coast Concert Dates
Exciting news! Barbra has added three more dates to her North American concert tour. As her official site posted this morning:
|Date||City||Venue||Fan Pre-Sale||Public On Sale|
|Nov. 2||Las Vegas, NV||MGM Grand||Sept. 19, 10 am PT||Sept. 21|
|Nov. 5||San Jose, CA||HP Pavilion||Sept. 19, 10 am PT||Sept. 24|
|Nov. 9||L.A., CA||Hollywood Bowl||Sept. 19, 10 am PT||Sept. 24|
All the info you need is here. Good luck, Streisand ticket buyers!
September 11, 2012
MusiCares Concert Coming to Blu-Ray & DVD
Shout Factory will release A MusiCares Tribute to Barbra Streisand on Blu-ray and DVD on November 13th. The concert was recorded in February 2011. (See Barbra-Archives' MusiCares story here). Press release is below ...
Actress, singer, director, writer, composer, producer, designer, author, photographer and activist — Barbra Streisand defines the term “icon” in so many ways. On February 11, 2011, Barbra Streisand was honored as the MusiCares® Person of the Year. At a gala event in Los Angeles, Barbra and an all-star cast of guests including Tony Bennett, Faith Hill, Diana Krall, Barry Manilow, Seal, Stevie Wonder and more performed many of the songs she made famous throughout her illustrious career. On November 13th, Shout! Factory will release A MusiCares Tribute to Barbra Streisand, a collection of these never-before-seen performances on DVD and Blu-ray. Fans can pre-order their copy by visiting here.
The annual MusiCares Person of the Year tribute dinner and silent auction take place in Los Angeles during GRAMMY® Week. Each year, the dinner honors a recording artist who has made important contributions to the world of music and has demonstrated extraordinary humanitarian and philanthropic efforts. The event generates significant financial support for MusiCares and draws attention to the critical work of the organization.
Barbra Streisand is being recognized by MusiCares for her extraordinary creative accomplishments as well as her philanthropic work, which has included a remarkable range of charitable activities over the years. Barbra has been a champion of women’s rights, gender equality and human rights the world over. The Streisand Foundation has given millions of dollars in grants to numerous nonprofit organizations, and more than $21 million was directed to causes she supports from her two most recent concert tours.
Proceeds from the sale of this product will provide essential support for MusiCares®, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.
A MusiCares Tribute to Barbra Streisand Program Listing:
- Down With Love / Get Happy/ Make Someone Happy – Diana Krall
- Guilty – Seal
- Somewhere – Leona Lewis
- On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) / Lazy Afternoon – Herbie Hancock and Nikki Yanofsky
- My Man – Lea Michele
- Come Rain or Come Shine – Jeff Beck, LeAnn Rimes and BeBe Winans
- Send in the Clowns – Faith Hill
- One Less Bell to Answer / A House Is Not a Home– Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison
- Memory – Barry Manilow
- Smile – Tony Bennett
- People – Stevie Wonder featuring Arturo Sandoval
- Windmills of Your Mind – Barbra Streisand
- The Promise (I’ll Never Say Goodbye) – Barbra Streisand
Barbra on Katie's New Show
Barbra Streisand will tape an episode of Katie soon—Katie Couric's new daytime talk show airing in syndication. Barbra will be on the show “to discuss her passion — women and heart disease — as well as her return to Brooklyn for her first performance there in more than 50 years.”
They haven't taped Barbra's episode yet, so I don't have an air date for you ... stay tuned!
September 7, 2012
RJA on QVC for “Release Me”
Richard Jay-Alexander will appear on QVC to promote the new Streisand album, Release Me, on Thursday, September 20th, in the 7:00 A.M. hour on MORNINGS MADE EASY and again in the 12:00 Noon hour on Q CHECK. Reportedly, the QVC offering will include some sort of bonus material (although it hasn't been revealed yet).
September 5, 2012
Call on Dolly
The very reliable Digital Bits site is reporting that Streisand's 1969 musical film Hello, Dolly! will be released by Fox on Blu-ray in 2013. This is great news; there is only one Streisand film currently on Blu-ray (What's Up, Doc? ... I suppose Little Fockers counts as two, LOL). Two of Streisand's live concerts are on Blu-ray as well: Live 2006 and Live at the Village Vanguard.
Dolly was restored in 2002 by Fox and those who've seen the print said it looked fantastic. I'm assuming Fox is working from this print when it releases the Blu-ray.
UPDATE 9/6/12: I've received info that Dolly is scheduled for Spring 2013.
September 4, 2012
New York Daily News is reporting that Barbra Streisand attended The Cinema Society, The Hollywood Reporter and Samsung Galaxy S III’s screening of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower on Sunday night (September 2) in East Hampton, New York. The outdoor screening and dinner were held at the home of Donna and Gabby Karan. Streisand didn't pose for photographers.
Nate Freeman of the Daily News tweeted: “At a party with Barbara [sic] Streisand. "Barbara Streisand" by Duck Sauce comes on. This is happening right now.”
Meanwhile, coming up:
Streisand will soon begin East Coast rehearsals for her upcoming concert tour, which opens in Philadelphia on Oct. 8th. The tour will also feature “special guest” Chris Botti and the Italian teen popera group, Il Volo. “That for us is very exciting,” Il Volo singer Ignazio Boschetto told Billboard. “Our manager is a big fan of hers, so I started to know about her because of him, and then I got many CDs of hers ... and I love her. We met her at (the recording session for) 'We Are the World (25 For Haiti)' in 2010. She's nice. I think that two years ago I was in my room playing PlayStation or with my friends playing (soccer). Now I'm here. We are having this big tour with Barbra Streisand, and we are going to sing with her. So I think the right words are that the dream is coming true.”
Release Me (Barbra's Oct. 9th CD of previously unreleased songs spanning her entire career from 1963 through today!) will be featured on QVC — stay tuned for an air date, plus info on any bonus materials they'll be selling with it.
On top of all the exciting Barbra stuff going on ... she has a movie coming out in December! After all the blitz about her concert dates, expect to see Barbra interviewed and featured for The Guilt Trip, her mother-son-road-trip picture with Seth Rogen. Last heard that the trailer will be out in October.
I also hear some more concert dates may be in the pipeline. So .... stay tuned!
Finally, I just received my copy of Paul Busa's book, The Barbra Streisand Record & CD Collector's Guide 1962-2012. Paul (who's been collecting Streisand memorabilia for over 30 years) has put together a great reference guide for Streisand collectors. It's full of reproductions of Streisand's record and CD catalog. In the book, Paul provides dates, track listings, catalog numbers, cover art, and more in the following categories:
- 7" singles (U.S. and international)
- 7" EPs (U.S. and international)
- CD singles (U.S. and international)
- Movie radio spots, acetate records, sheet music, etc.
I highly recommend the book, which is softback, 176 pages, and illustrated within with great photos of Streisand.
You can order the book by clicking the Amazon ad above.
August 30, 2012
Hi everyone, I'm back from a summer vacation and was unable to post the announcement about Release Me last week, so here it is (for those who haven't heard!). You can pre-order the CD and Vinyl record from Amazon.com by clicking the links I've provided.
BARBRA STREISAND'S COMPILATION OF UNRELEASED MATERIAL TO DEBUT ON COLUMBIA RECORDS
Release Me to be Available on Vinyl September 25 and CD October 9
NEW YORK, NY (August 23, 2012) —Barbra Streisand’s private music vault holds all the master tapes she’s recorded for five decades. Now, she’s sharing 11 previously unreleased songs, spanning a cross-section of her career from 1963 to the present. The collection titled, Release Me will be available on Vinyl September 25th and CD
In an unparalleled career, Streisand has released more than 60 albums. Many of the sessions for these albums yielded extra recordings, which weren’t included on the albums they were intended for. They’ve all been stored in her vault until now. Over the past year, Barbra has painstakingly gone through the recordings to come up with this collection, Release Me.
Highlights include: “Didn’t We” written by Jimmy Webb - recorded in 1970 for an unreleased album project titled The Singer; the standard “Willow Weep For Me” - an unreleased track recorded in 1967 for Simply Streisand, arranged by Ray Ellis noted for his legendary work with Billie Holiday; A striking version of Randy Newman’s “I Think It’s Going Rain Today,” with Barbra on vocals and Newman on piano - from the 1971 Stoney End sessions; an unreleased studio version of “With One More Look At You” from A Star Is Born; Two tracks from the unreleased sequel to the acclaimed The Broadway Album, titled Back To Broadway - “Home” (from The Wiz) and “How Are Things In Glocca Morra ? / Heather On The Hill” (from Finian’s Rainbow / Brigadoon).
Reflecting on the album, Streisand noted, “The thing I’m happiest about is that I still have great affection for all these songs. They appealed to me at the time…and still do. Listening now, I actually think to myself, ‘The girl wasn’t half bad.’”
With the exception of two songs where the original masters couldn’t be located, all the tracks on Release Me were transferred from first generation master tapes. Every attention was paid to preserving the sonic perspective of the sessions as they were originally recorded and mixed.
Speaking of the unreleased recordings that reside in Barbra’s music vault, her long-time A&R man and co-producer of Release Me, Jay Landers says in his liner notes, “All of Barbra’s glorious music...her ideas…the collaborative efforts of the fortunate songwriters, arrangers, mixers and producers who have come into her orbit…the experiments…the occasional missteps and the many triumphs - all driven by the unstoppable force of one woman’s vision.”
The complete track listing for Release Me features:
1. Being Good Isn’t Good Enough (from Hallelujah, Baby!)
2. Didn’t We
3. Willow Weep For Me
4. Try To Win A Friend
5. I Think It’s Going To Rain Today
6. With One More Look At You (from A Star Is Born)
7. Lost In Wonderland
8. How Are Things In Glocca Morra? / Heather On The Hill
(from Finian’s Rainbow / Brigadoon)
9. Mother And Child
10. If It’s Meant To Be
11. Home (from The Wiz)
BarbraStreisand.com posted the world premiere of "I Think It's Going To Rain Today" two days ago. The track (amazing!) features producer Richard Perry calling the “takes” from the control room, and songwriter Randy Newman playing piano for Barbra.
Barbra on Phyllis Diller
Comedy legend Phyllis Diller died in her Los Angeles home August 20, 2012 at the age of 95.
Barbra wrote about Diller's passing:
I adored her. She was a wondrous spirit who was great to me. Phyllis paved the way for all the female comedians who followed in her footsteps. The public knew her as a self-deprecating, wise-cracking, complainer. In fact, she was a lovely, smart and sensitive woman. I will always be grateful to her and I will cherish her memory forever.
Barbra opened for Phyllis Diller when both were appearing at the Bon Soir nightclub in the early 1960s. “We shared a dressing room at the Bon Soir club in Greenwich Village,” Diller said. “It was the size of a pea pod and usually you could smell fear in there. But she wasn’t a bit nervous – at least not that I noticed.”
Phyllis Diller also appeared alongside Streisand on the Jack Paar Show in 1961. This was Streisand's first appearance on television and Diller was an encouraging supporter during that show.
In 2001, Diller participated in the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement award show for Streisand. She graciously saluted Barbra by saying, “I am totally thrilled to be your opening act.”
August 12, 2012
“The Guilt Trip” & More
Entertainment Weekly ran a blurb about Streisand's upcoming film, The Guilt Trip, in their newest issue (a Fall movie preview). Here's the first official picture from the movie, in which Streisand's character tries to use a coupon to pay for their rental car:
They also ran a short story:
It took director Anne Fletcher a full year to coax Barbra Streisand — who hasn't headlined a movie since 1996's The Mirror Has Two Faces — out of semiretirement for this bittersweet comedy about an inventor (Seth Rogen) on a cross-country road trip with his mom (Streisand). "I kept saying to her, 'This movie is a dash of What's Up, Doc? with a dash of The Way We Were,'" says Fletcher (The Proposal), who set up a script reading last fall to persuade both stars to sign on. "After they were done with one scene, the room was silent. These two had the craziest amount of chemistry. They were even taken aback." Funny — we're not surprised at all.
Streisand Talks Hamlisch
Meanwhile, Barbra spoke with the L.A. Times about her friend Marvin Hamlisch, who passed away unexpectedly this week. She revealed some details on upcoming projects:
- “I wanted to tell him that I decided to sing ‘The Way We Were’ for a concert in Brooklyn [in October] for my new tour. And I was going back to his arrangement from the movie. I had never done that. I am always looking for new ways to do songs to make them fresh for me.”
- Her next album will be an album of duets, which won't be released “for a while.” For it she is considering Hamlisch's tune “Any Moment Now,” a song he wrote with Carolyn Leigh for the 1986 musical, “Smile.” [The L.A. Times gets it wrong: they said Hamlisch's lyricist as Howard Ashman. After Leigh died, Ashman replaced her. “Moment,” however, is a Leigh lyric, and not in the final version of “Smile.”]
- Streisand is dedicating her latest CD, "Release Me," to Hamlisch. The CD is set for a September release and will feature a photo of the two that was shot New Year’s Eve 1993.
Fan Book: Record & CD Collector's Guide
Streisand fan Paul Busa has compiled and self-published The Barbra Streisand Record & CD Collector's Guide 1962-2012. He describes it: “An amazing full-color 176 page book covering all of Streisand's world-wide single and album releases on vinyl and compact disc.” Here's the gorgeous cover:
I haven't had a chance to check it out yet, but you can click here to order the book.
And More ...
- Gypsy: Stay tuned, y'all ... We'll probably hear some Gypsy news soon, including casting.
- The Guilt Trip trailer, apparently, has been pushed back to October—most likely to coincide with and take advantage of all the publicity surrounding the concert tour and Release Me album.
August 7, 2012
This tour, from concert promoters Live Nation and S2BN, will also feature trumpeter Chris Botti and Italian tenor trio Il Volo. So far eight dates have been announced:
Oct. 08: Philadelphia, PA (Wells Fargo Center)
Oct. 11: Brooklyn, NY (Barclays Center)
Oct. 13: Brooklyn, NY (Barclays Center)
Oct. 17: Montreal, QC (Bell Centre)
Oct. 20: Ottawa, ON (Scotiabank Place)
Oct. 23: Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)
Oct. 26: Chicago, IL (United Center)
Oct. 29: Vancouver, BC (Rogers Arena)
Botti, by the way, played trumpet on two tracks on Barbra's last album, What Matters Most: “Alone in the World” and “Nice 'n Easy.”
Billboard reports that “Chris Botti and Il Volo will serve as openers on all eight October dates.”
Details will be released soon on where to buy tickets online, but in the mean time, we are planning a special offer for Barbra's most loyal fans... A limited number of tickets will be available before the public on sale date through an exclusive Fan Pre-Sale, and we'll distribute the password for the Pre-Sale through the Barbra Streisand Mailing List.
We will email the Fan Pre-Sale password early on the morning of August 9th to subscribers of the Barbra Streisand Mailing List, so make sure to sign up if you haven't already and check your email inbox early on August 9th for the first chance to purchase tickets!
Sad News: Marvin Hamlisch Has Died
UPDATE 3:09 pm EDT:
Barbra's statement about the death of her friend, Marvin Hamlisch:
"I'm devastated. He was my dear friend. He's been in my life ever since the first day I met him in 1963, when he was my rehearsal pianist for "Funny Girl." He played at my wedding in 1998... and recently for me at a benefit for women's heart disease. The world will remember Marvin for his brilliant musical accomplishments, from "A Chorus Line" to "The Way We Were," and so many others, but when I think of him now, it was his brilliantly quick mind, his generosity, and delicious sense of humor that made him a delight to be around. Just last night, I was trying to reach him, to tell him how much I loved him, and that I wanted to use an old song of his, that I had just heard for the first time. He was a true musical genius, but above all that, he was a beautiful human being. I will truly miss him."
And a statement from Alan and Marilyn Bergman:
"He was more than our collaborator. He was our beloved friend. He was family. The world will miss his music, his humor, his genius. We will miss him every day for the rest of our lives."
Such sad news, unfortunately on the day that Streisand's tour was announced. Marvin Hamlisch was a sweet man, an amazing musician. He and Streisand first met when he was rehearsal pianist for Funny Girl on Broadway, which opened in 1964. They worked together almost ten years later in 1973 on The Way We Were. Hamlisch, of course, wrote the music for that song which has become a standard and Streisand's first #1 single. Hamlisch scored The Mirror Has Two Faces, Barbra's 1996 film. He also conducted and arranged the 1994 concert tour for Barbra as well as Timeless, her 2000 concert tour. Hamlisch even planned the music for Streisand's wedding in 1998 when she married Jim Brolin. He also composed several good songs for Streisand over the years, including “Niagara” (from Wet), “Ordinary Miracles” (from the 1994 tour), “Simple Pleasures” (from the Timeless tour), and “Leading With Your Heart” (from Higher Ground).
Marvin Hamlisch, famed composer and conductor collapsed after a brief illness and died yesterday, his family announced. He was 68.
Hamlisch, who won three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, a Pulitzer and three Golden Globes, was known as the "people's composer," He was the youngest student to be admitted by Manhattan's Julliard School of Music
Hamlisch composed over forty motion picture scores, including his Oscar-winning score and song for "The Way We Were," and his adaptation of Scott Joplin's music for "The Sting," for which he received a third Oscar. Other original film scores and/or musical adaptation, included "Sophie's Choice," "Ordinary People," "The Swimmer," "Three Men and a Baby," "Ice Castles," "Take the Money and Run," Bananas," "Save the Tiger," "The Informant!," and his latest effort, "Behind the Candelabra," a film about the life of Liberace.
On Broadway, Hamlisch wrote the music for his groundbreaking show, "A Chorus Line," which received the Pulitzer Prize, as well as "They're Playing Our Song," "The Goodbye Girl" and "Sweet Smell of Success."
At the time of his death, Hamlisch held the position of Principal Pops Conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, Seattle Symphony, and San Diego Symphony.
Next week, he was to be announced as the Principal Pops Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Hamlisch was also due to conduct the New York Philharmonic in its upcoming New Year's Eve concert.
Hamlisch was scheduled to leave for Nashville later this week to see his hit musical, "The Nutty Professor." He was also working on a new Broadway musical called "Gotta Dance."
He is survived by Terre, his wife of 25 years.
July 21, 2012
Barbra News!Hi everyone! I've been away on a little vacation, but am back. Here's some Streisand news to keep everyone up-to-date on what she's working on ...
Can you believe that Barbra will be singing live in front of thousands of her fans in 81 days?!
Barbra and her concert team have been rehearsing and putting together the show all this week at Grandma's House in Malibu. Work will continue next week as well.
Don't have tickets? I managed to find tickets this morning on Ticketmaster to the Saturday, October 13th concert — so keep checking!
We've been discussing opening numbers, songs we'd like to hear, and more over at Twitter — so follow me to chime in!
Streisand at Aspen Ideas
Barbra spoke Tuesday, July 3 at the closing ceremony of the Aspen Ideas Festival at the Aspen Institute. She talked about women's heart health at Ideas to Go. Watch the video of Barbra, below.
Guilt Trip & More ...
With all the Brooklyn concert news, it's hard to forget that Barbra has a new movie coming out December 25, 2012!
Look for The Guilt Trip trailer in August!
Barbra will surely do some interviews—print and television—for The Guilt Trip, which also stars Seth Rogen. And when she starts talking, maybe we'll get more info on Gypsy, the 12-DVD set, and that “album of older but previously unreleased material” due this Fall.
June 21, 2012
“Skinny and Cat”: Latest
Reuters (reporting by Jill Serjeant) has the accurate story:
Singer and actress Barbra Streisand is hoping to get back behind the camera and direct her first movie in 16 years, but has yet to raise all the money for it.
Streisand's spokesman on Thursday confirmed reports that the "Funny Girl" actress wants to direct "Skinny and Cat," a love story about late writer Erskine Caldwell and his late wife, American photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White.
It would be Streisand's first directing project since "The Mirror Has Two Faces" in 1996, and Oscar-winning stars Colin Firth and Cate Blanchett are reportedly attached to play the leads.
Her spokesman said however that the project has not been given the go-ahead yet because of financing issues.
Streisand, 70, who made her directing debut in 1983 with "Yentl," told the Los Angeles Times last week it was proving hard to raise the $20 million financing for the film, which has a script written by Linda Yellen.
The actress is also working on a movie adaptation of the stage musical "Gypsy" in which she would star. Hollywood studio Universal Pictures said in March that "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes would adapt the Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents musical for the screen, but did not announce a director or a start date for filming.
Meanwhile, EW sums it up best:
EW had confirmed the film is in active development, but financing has yet to be fully secured, and the film does not yet have a greenlight.
Earlier, Roger Friedman was reporting that Streisand will direct Skinny and Cat—about photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White and writer Erskine Caldwell, with Cate Blanchett and Colin Firth attached to star. Friedman said Streisand will begin January 2013 with a script by Linda Yellen. “The film will be independently financed, with CAA putting together the package.”
Streisand first mentioned the Bourke-White film in her interview with the Los Angeles Times last week.
Friedman did add that “she still has Gypsy on her docket.”
June 15, 2012
Streisand opens her home for women's heart health
Barbra's Set List:
- That Face
- Evergreen (for Bill Clinton)
- Smile (duet with Josh Groban)
- Here's to Life (with special lyrics by the Bergmans)
# # #
By SANDY COHEN, The Associated Press
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) -- In an elegant white tent nestled among the barn-shaped houses that dot her oceanfront compound, Barbra Streisand sang and former President Bill Clinton spoke to a crowd gathered to raise funds for women's heart health.
Comedian Martin Short was the master of ceremonies at the intimate fundraising dinner Thursday at the Malibu home Streisand shares with her husband, James Brolin.
Guests who paid as much as $100,000 per couple to support the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center enjoyed sweeping ocean views and the singer's blooming rose garden before sitting down to a "heart-healthy," gluten-free dinner of tofu, fish or grilled vegetables.
"Don't worry," Streisand said. "If you're still hungry, there's a Jack in the Box on the way home."
She donated $10 million to create the new research and treatment facility at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and solicited million-dollar donations from wealthy friends she called personally. Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone, NBCUniversal chief Ron Meyer, designer Donna Karan and actors Josh Brolin (Streisand's stepson) and Diane Lane were among the donors and guests at the event.
Streisand said she was motivated to contribute to women's heart health because she "can't stand inequality, whether it's about civil rights, gay rights or gender discrimination."
Heart disease kills more women each year than all cancers combined, but most of the research on the disease for the past five decades has been conducted on men.
"Even in scientific research, women are still treated as second-class citizens," Streisand said, "and to me, that's just unacceptable."
So she raised her voice and opened her wallet and invited her friends to do the same.
"It's kind of a selfish thing because it's actually very fulfilling to do something like that that's larger than me or my career," she said, acknowledging that her fellow donors must feel the same way.
"Think about all the good that we'll do, all the good that will come of it because of your extraordinary generosity," she said.
Clinton, who was welcomed with a standing ovation, saluted Streisand for her commitment to women's health.
"I never thought anybody could care a lot about more things than I care a lot about. She makes me look like a heartless dumb pike," he said. "Unless your heart has been taken out of your body, you need to care about this."
Clinton said the issue of heart health and equitable research goes beyond politics.
"Our country has always believed in being not only a laboratory of democracy but a laboratory of science and advancement, and you can't do that with a straight face and leave women out," he said.
Singer Josh Groban performed before Streisand took the stage. She sang four songs, including the Oscar- and Grammy-winning "Evergreen," which she dedicated to Clinton. He told her in 1992 that it was his favorite song of hers, and she sang it at his inauguration.
She and Groban sang "Smile" as a duet, and Streisand closed the evening with a special rendition of "Here's to Life" with new lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, who were also among the guests Thursday.
"A woman's heart beats well tonight," Streisand sang. "Because of you a woman's future's looking bright, and it gets brighter with each check you write, so thanks with all my heart."
June 14, 2012
The Heart of the Matter Video
An exclusive audience of some 200 Hollywood and political heavyweights will see this video tonight: Barbra Streisand has taken on the cause of heart disease in women. The video is being shown during an intimate fund-raiser tonight at the spectacular Malibu home Streisand shares with her actor husband, James Brolin. Also, please see the special page at the Cedars-Sinai website: Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center.
In today's Los Angeles Times story, Barbra talks about women's health and reveals some info on upcoming projects, including:
- an album of older but previously unreleased material due in the fall
- a script she wrote more than 25 years ago and intends to direct about the romance between photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White and writer Erskine Caldwell, with Cate Blanchett and Colin Firth attached to star. About getting financing for the film, Barbra commented, "This is hard to raise money for?" Streisand said. "I'm just in shock. Hollywood has changed so much. It's about a woman ahead of her time. It's just a fascinating story that is very relevant to today. I may have to pick up the phone again."
The Bourke-White project goes back to 1986, when Barbra developed the property with producer Linda Yellen as a starring/directing vehicle for Streisand.
Yellen and Jonathan Platnick's script was called Skinny and Cat and based on the lives of Margaret Bourke-White and Erskine Caldwell. (It is unknown from this L.A. Times article if Streisand's script is this one.)
Back to the 80s ... Yellen and Streisand worked on the property even after a TV movie with Farrah Fawcett as Bourke-White aired in 1989 — “It wasn't well-reviewed and it wasn't the same story we will tell,” Yellen said. “Margaret will be better served in our story, which will show the broad dimensions of her life and illustrate the big leaps she took personally and professionally.” That movie, by the way, was directed by Lawrence Schiller who took many of those gorgeous photos of Streisand in her period clothes for On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. “She's been babbling about it for years,” Schiller told the press. “But we had the rights. I had Vicki Goldberg's (biography); we also hold the rights to the estate. And Streisand's film would have cost $40 million.”
Reportedly, the TV movie only covered Bourke-White's life from 1936 to 1942.
This is an interesting reveal, for sure! I'd assume a Streisand-directed Bourke-White biopic would fall in step after Streisand films Gypsy.
For the Streisand fans out there who are busting to hear more news ... stay tuned. By Fall this year, we'll probably have a better idea of how Streisand's 2013 schedule will look, who is directing and co-starring in Gypsy, and more about the 12-DVD set due next year.
June 7, 2012
- In January, Barbra joined 149 other stars, directors, and industry folks in a photo to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Paramount Pictures. Streisand was invited because of her history with the studio: She made On A Clear Day You Can See Forever with Paramount, as well as the upcoming mother-son roadtrip film, The Guilt Trip.
The picture was unveiled last night on Entertainment Tonight. Streisand is standing on the right side of the frame, next to Morgan Freeman, and behind John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The picture, taken by Art Streiber, will appear in the July issue of Vanity Fair.
- Johnny Mathis talked to the Detroit News about singing at Streisand's 70th birthday party last month: “She was over the moon. I tried to sing a couple of things I thought she might like. The first song I sang, 'You'll Never Know,' I hit that one right on the nail. The second one was a song from (Streisand's movie) 'Yentl,' and I forgot the words! She said, 'Don't worry about it, keep going! Keep going!'”
When asked about being Streisand's favorite singer, he said, modestly, “She's kind of mentioned it a couple of times. Maybe if she says it one more time, I'll believe it!”
Mathis is working on an album of duets. He also mentioned Streisand's upcoming project. “She's doing a duets album too, so I said, 'Sing for me and I'll sing for you,'” Mathis said.
Shirley MacLaine received the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award at Sony Pictures on Thursday, June 7th. An L.A. Times interview with MacLaine said Streisand would appear at the ceremony (Streisand received her AFI award in 2000 and is good friends with MacLaine), but she did not attend—no doubt Barbra was very busy preparing for her big Follow Your Heart event on June 14th. The Shirley MacLaine AFI special will air on TV Land on June 24th.
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Barbra Files website. Allison Waldman has created a new Streisand website called The Barbra Files. Check it out here — it's filled with Allison's usual on-point writing about Miss Streisand.
- Barbra-Archives Updates. I've been busy putting older pages back onto the Barbra Archives website—often with new scans of the photos—and updating others with new info and photos. Here's links to pages you may want to check out:
- One Voice (1986) updated!
- Barbra Archives home page updated! (New photos added.)
- Funny Girl (1968) cut scenes updated! I added several new pages!
- Motion Picture Magazine (1969) report on Barbra in Brooklyn
- Complete 1996 Columbia TriStar Round Table Interview for Mirror Has Two Faces.
- Look magazine (1967) —“Mama Barbra.”
- Good Housekeeping (1969)—“The Private World of Barbra Streisand”
- Rogue magazine (1964) — Barbra Streisand Candid Portfolio
- McCall's magazine (1966) — Barbra Streisand by Jerome Robbins
- House Beautiful (1974)
May 29, 2012
Barbra Enjoys Memorial Day Weekend
Yesterday, Barbra Streisand and James Brolin enjoyed themselves at Joel Silver's Memorial Day party in Malibu. Silver is producing Gypsy.
May 23, 2012
Tickets to the general public went on sale Monday, May 21. The October 11 show quickly sold out; they added a Saturday, October 13th show which has now sold out*, too. Keep checking BarbraStreisand.com for more information.
* I checked TicketMaster this morning and found section 223 ... so keep checking!
Be an Exclusive Guest of Barbra Streisand When She Performs at Her Malibu Compound & Hosts President Bill Clinton, Josh Groban, David Foster & Others
Be one of only 200 people that will experience a magical once-in-a-lifetime invitation-only experience at Barbra Streisand and James Brolin's Malibu compound on June 14 to benefit the Women's Heart Center at Cedar's-Sinai Medical Center.
This exclusive opportunity includes:
- 2 tickets
- Access to the private cocktail reception for 30-40 people including a photo with Barbra Streisand and President Clinton
- Seated dinner
- Amazing gift bag
The evening will be hosted by Martin Short and feature performances by Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, David Foster and other surprises! The event kicks off with a cocktail reception at 6:30pm followed by a seated dinner at 7:30pm. This is sure to be a night to remember to support an amazing cause!
May 17, 2012
Donna Summer ... Last Dance
A whole generation of music lovers mourns the passing of Donna Summer, who died today from cancer. Many loved her disco hits of the 1970s, including Last Dance, I Feel Love, MacArthur Park, and On the Radio.
Streisand fans will always mark her duet with Donna Summer on No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) as a highlight of the 70s and both of their careers. You can read more about this famous duet here and here on Barbra-Archives.
Barbra was quick to issue a statement today. Of her friend Donna Summer, Barbra said:
I was shocked to hear about Donna. She was so vital the last time I saw her a few months ago. I loved doing the duet with her. She had an amazing voice and was so talented ... It's so sad.
May 14, 2012
More Brooklyn Pre-sale! Today @ 3:00 pm EDT
From Barbra's concert team:
There will be a second Barbrastreisand.com pre-sale TODAY, May 14, at 3pm EDT. If you still have your pre-sale code, you can go to Ticketmaster.com at 3pm to pre-order tickets.
If you still don't have a pre-sale code, click HERE to sign up for the Barbrastreisand.com mailing list to receive your code.
Tickets will be available to the general public on May 21 at 10am EDT.
Previously, BarbraStreisand.com had posted:
SAVE YOUR PRE-SALE CODES!!!
We will have more seats available for pre-sale on May 14th for the October 11th Barclays Arena Show.
Please check back at BarbraStreisand.com on Monday (14 May) when we will announce the time that more tickets will be available to purchase using your codes.
We apologize to those who were unable to secure tickets from our limited allotment, and we are doing everything we can to accomodate as many fans as possible.
Sondheim Talks GYPSY
Steven Sondheim (lyrics for Gypsy) told the Cleveland Plain Dealer about his input for the movie.
I already have had some [in "Gypsy"], but it hasn't quite gotten that far. There's not even a draft of the script. I had a little input with the guy who's writing it [Julian Fellowes, creator of "Downton Abbey"]. I said to him, "When you want to talk, we'll talk."
May 9-10, 2012
Brooklyn's Favorite Daughter to Perform at Barclays Center
Look at Barbra's official site for all the details.
The Brooklyn-born and raised, world-acclaimed superstar will perform a concert on Thursday, October 11th, in Brooklyn at Barclays Center, the new 19,000-seat sports and entertainment venue. Tickets will be available to the general public on May 21 .
The pre-sale will begin Saturday, May 12, at 10am EDT. [Pre-sale codes available at BarbraStreisand.com.]
[P.S. I've confirmed that any of the early emails that went out with a Thursday pre-sale date were not correct! Saturday, folks. May 12!]
Barclays Center chief executive Brett Yormark told Newsday that the tickets will range from $90 to $650, with $1,500 tickets available during pre-sale.
Also, please note that he also told Newday that they may add another concert date later. “The consumer will dictate that,” Yormark said. “If that situation presents itself, we'll encourage the appropriate parties to do that.”
Guilt Trip Date Changed!
Paramount has moved The Guilt Trip, Barbra's upcoming mother-son-road-trip film with Seth Rogen from November 2 to Christmas day! This news comes as the trailer for the film is expected to hit the internets on Sunday—Mother's Day.
This is good news, by the way, as Christmas day is a high-profile release slot. Other films released that day are Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby, and Playing The Field.
Streisand & Clinton Benefit Together
Barbra Streisand has brought Bill Clinton onboard as a special guest for a benefit she’s planning at her Malibu home with James Brolin, June 14. The event — dubbed “Follow Your Heart” — will benefit the Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai, and Streisand will perform at the bash along with Josh Groban, David Foster and other “surprise performances,” sources tell us. A premium ticket, costing about $100,000, gets guests a picture with Babs and Bill, sources say, but the ducats start at close to $12,000. Invitations to the event began hitting high-profile mailboxes yesterday. The dress code, according to the invite, is “Informal Chic.”
May 8, 2012
Barbra News Tidbits
Here's some updates and news for us Streisand fans:
- Barbra in Brooklyn ... We're waiting for the official announcement—probably due this week—but the basic gist that's been reported in New York papers and around the internet is that Streisand will perform probably two dates at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn this Fall. No dates have been announced yet. The CEO of the Brooklyn Nets—whose home is Barclays Center— Tweeted on Saturday: Big announcement this week re the barclays center. I mean big. Very exciting times for brooklyn.
- Mort Lindsey Has Died ... Variety reports: Orchestra leader, arranger, composer and musical director Mort Lindsey died in his Malibu home on Friday, May 4. He was 89 and had been in declining health since breaking his hip. Lindsey was musical director on The Judy Garland Show when Streisand appeared and sang her duet of “Happy Days/Get Happy” with the legend; He conducted and arranged the music for Barbra's 1967 television special, The Belle of 14th Street; he also conducted some of Streisand's concerts in the 1960s including A Happening in Central Park (for which he won an Emmy Award), and the Hollywood Bowl. [Update: On May 9th, Barbra wrote on her official site: “I loved Mort. He was a doll. In a very real way, he was a dream come true for me. I first saw him when I was a teenager and got to attend a free Judy Garland concert. They were either taping it as a show or for a recording. Mort was on stage conducting for Judy, and I could sense how safe she felt with his judgements and encouragements. I stood there fantasizing that one day I would work with him too. And then, that one day arrived and we worked together many wonderful times. He was great.”] — FYI, Garland recorded her album in New York at the Manhattan Center on April 25, 1962.
- All About Barbra ... the newest birthday issue of the U.K.-produced magazine, according to editor Lynne Pounder, has been mailed by the printer and should be arriving in mail boxes shortly.
- Barbrafile-ing ... Allison Waldman (The Barbra Streisand Scrapbook author) sure has been Barbra-busy lately. You've checked out her Barbra-themed videocasts, right? Also her Streisand articles at Examiner? Now she writes: “I'm happy to announce that new Barbra book project that I've been talking about for the past month or so has launched! It's a new book all about Barbra Streisand fans! I hope you'll all read about it and get involved in making this dream a reality! Just go here to BARBRA MEMORIES where you can see the video and read all about the details.”
- Gypsy ... No news lately on Barbra's big screen adaptation of the Jule Styne musical Gypsy. Last we heard [officially] Julian Fellowes was hired to write the screenplay. It is curious that two directors attended Barbra's birthday celebration two weeks ago: Warren Beatty and Steven Spielberg. Why, just last December Spielberg was quoted saying, “I'd love to do an old-fashioned musical, where the characters talk to each other and then they sing to each other,” Spielberg said. “I'm such a fan of the Hollywood musical, but I haven't found the right subject matter or the right book or the right music to throw myself into one of them. Someday I will.” Hmmm. Spielberg is in postproduction for his December 2012 film Lincoln. Then he's due to shoot Robopocalypse in July-September 2012. Then, apparently, his schedule opens up. Hmmmm.
- Liz Smith ... Liz writes: Get this: I hear Barbra is confabbing with Harry Connick Jr., to help her produce a new album of old songs — songs from “Funny Girl” in fact!
May 1, 2012
Happy Anniversary Barbra Archives!
Wow! It was 9 years ago that I started this site!
May 2003 ...
Time sure does fly when you're having fun.
It also helps when the subject of this site has such an amazing and multi-faceted career.
So ... thanks for visiting, everybody. I'll keep up with Barbra in the very busy years to come!
April 25, 2012
Barbra celebrated her 70th birthday with a dinner at Taverna Tony's Greek restaurant in Malibu, California.
Guests included: hubby Jim Brolin; friend Donna Karan; Jane Fonda and boyfriend Richard Perry (who produced Barbra's Stoney End album); Joel Silver (producer of the upcoming Gypsy film); John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston; Quincy Jones; Richard Jay-Alexander; Josh Brolin and Diane Lane; Warren Beatty; Kenny G; Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw; Pierce Brosnan; and Patricia Arquette.
Barbra told People magazine: “It was an intimate magical event with only very close friends, people I've known and loved more than 20 years ... The highlight of the evening was my son's film that he made for me. People kept asking, 'Who is that singing?' And when I said it was Jason, everyone was blown away by the beauty and soulfulness of his voice. Quincy Jones wanted to sign him on the spot.”
She also revealed: “My friends made it an evening of surprises for me, flying in the remarkable Israeli mentalist and gifting me with the performance of my favorite singer, Johnny Mathis, and many, many more highlights.”
Mathis sang two songs for Barbra and her guests: “You'll Never Know” and “The Way He (She) Makes Me Feel.” Jason Gould's film included his vocal of “Nature Boy.”
April 24, 2012
Happy Birthday, Barbra Streisand!
Today is Barbra's birthday.
With great respect and admiration, I want to wish you a very Happy Day. Hoping you are celebrating with people (and food!) you love.
Thanks for all you do. And all that is to come.
Here's a toast:
May all your storms be weathered, and all that's good get better.
Here's to Life,
Here's to Love,
Here's to YOU!
April 19, 2012
Barbra Streisand Makes Surprise Visit To Smiley & West To Pay Tribute To Iconic Composers Alan And Marilyn Bergman
This weekend, Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, co-hosts of Smiley & West distributed by Public Radio International (PRI), pay tribute to the Academy Award®-winning husband-and-wife songwriting duo Alan and Marilyn Bergman - and enjoy a surprise visit from legendary singer and philanthropist, Barbra Streisand. Smiley and West pay homage to the Bergman's stellar lyrical career and learn the secrets behind their 54 year marriage.
Unbeknownst to either the hosts or the guests, Barbra Streisand surprised everyone by calling in to reflect on her long friendship with the Bergmans. Streisand, who was just 18 years old when they met, became the Bergman's muse and recorded a vast number of their songs including "The Way We Were", "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?", and the soundtrack to "Yentl."
"It's the integrity of the lyric, the imagination of the lyric, the poetry of the lyric," Streisand said, reflecting on the Bergman's lyrical genius. "It just has great depth. I don't know of anyone that comes close to them."
Last year, Streisand recorded an entire album in tribute to the Bergmans titled "What Matters Most." West took the opportunity to wish Streisand a happy birthday in advance of her natal day, Tuesday, April 24.
This special conversation can be heard across the country and on www.smileyandwest.com starting this Friday, April 20.
April 10, 2012
All About Barbra #72
From editor Lynne Pounder:
HURRY HURRY, DON'T BE LATE! All About Barbra is printing and shipping out! Make sure of your order now! Packed with all the usual indepth features, articles and great pictures!
You can order the magazine directly from Lynne's site, AllAboutBarbra.com
March 13, 2012
Received the following press release from Universal ...
Producers Barbra Streisand and Joel Silver have set Academy Award®-winning writer Julian Fellowes to pen the screenplay adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ Tony Award winning musical,Gypsy, which Ms. Streisand and Mr. Silver are currently developing for Universal Pictures. Ms. Streisand will portray “Momma Rose” in the new version, her first musical film sinceYentl in which the Oscar®-winning actress and iconic singer starred, produced, co-wrote and directed in 1983.
Fellowes won the Original Screenplay Academy Award® for Gosford Park and most recently earned the Emmy and Golden Globe for creating and writing the acclaimed miniseries,Downton Abbey. His musical theatre work includes adapting the script for Disney’s stage production of Mary Poppins.
Gypsy has exhilarated audiences on both stage and screen since its first Broadway run in 1959 with Ethel Merman. Since then, the compelling story based on the memoirs of the famous striptease artist, Gypsy Rose Lee, has spawned numerous reincarnations including the 1962 film starring Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood, four Broadway revivals, as well as a made-for-television movie.
A celebrated artist, Streisand has gathered Oscar®, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America and Golden Globe awards, winning Oscars® for both, Best Actress (Funny Girl) and Best Original Song (for her composition of “Evergreen” from her production ofA Star Is Born).
Gypsy marks Silver’s first foray into Broadway movie musicals after a career of producing several commercially-successful films including the Lethal Weapon, The Matrix, Die Hard and Sherlock Holmes franchises.
Amazing news! Can't tell you all how much I enjoy Downton Abbey. Fellowes seems perfect for the job; he's also already worked on a musical, so he's familiar with the territory... now if they'd only announce who's directing! (One of my top choices is pictured with Streisand below!)
I believe we won't see Gypsy till Holiday 2013 ....
March 12, 2012
Streisand & Spielberg Meet Peres
From the L.A. Times ...
Israeli President Shimon Peres told a movie and television industry audience at the DreamWorks Animation studio lot in Glendale on Friday that Hollywood often wields more influence across the globe than world leaders do.
"The children believe the actors more than politicians," Peres said to a crowd that included Billy Crystal, Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross, CBS chief Les Moonves and Sony Pictures Chief Executive Michael Lynton, among other Hollywood executives.
March 8, 2012
Streisand at “8”
Here's a photo of James Brolin and Barbra Streisand Saturday, March 3 at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles. They attended the L.A. premiere of a new play by Dustin Lance Black, “8.”
A Benefit Reading for Marriage Equality presented by American Foundation for Equal Rights, Broadway Impact & Presenting Sponsor Bryan Singer.
February 28, 2012
Mother's Curse Renamed
From Hollywood Reporter ...
[Paramount] is changing the name of the previously titled Seth Rogen-Barbra Streisand comedy My Mother's Curse to The Guilt Trip. The film's release date of Nov. 2 remains the same.
Barbra on the Oscars
Did everyone catch Barbra's brief appearance in the pre-filmed mini-documentary segment by “Moneyball” director Bennett Miller?
Speaking about the magic of the movies, Streisand said: “I could dream there. I could become anything I want. I could be part of the film. I could dream about my own future...”
February 22, 2012
Streisand Re-Signs With Columbia Records, Will Celebrate 50 Years
“From the day Goddard Lieberson signed me almost 50 years ago, Columbia Records has been my recording home, and I am thrilled to continue that partnership for many years to come,” said Streisand in a statement.
Columbia Records will release a 12 DVD set, giving unprecedented access into her professional and personal life. The DVD set will consist of never before seen footage directly from Barbra’s archives, as well as milestones from her illustrious career.
Here's some more news & tidbits about Barbra Streisand ...
- Despite my post below, I just learned that Paramount is screening My Mother's Curse again this week in the L.A.-area ... and it's titled The Guilt Trip on the invitation! I can't figure out if they're using a “decoy title” or if they're seriously considering renaming the picture. It's due out in theaters November 2, 2012. [Description: A young inventor feeling guilty about not spending enough time with his widowed mother, invites her on a business sales road trip as he attempts to sell a new organic cleaning product he invented to marketing outlets. She agrees to come - but both seem to have ulterior motives - and they aren't about selling cleaning products! He hopes to reunite his mother with a man she loved earlier in life, while his mother hopes to use this time together to help him overcome his "curse" of non-commitment in relationships. The Guilt Trip is the latest comedy from the writer of CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE and the director of THE PROPOSAL. The movie stars SETH ROGEN and BARBRA STREISAND. The movie has not yet been rated.]
- Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand by William Mann is due for release November 6, 2012 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I can't speak about it until it is released, but I'd like to tell the Barbra fans out there that—until Barbra writes her own autobiography—this book is the best Streisand bio in years! Its scope covers 1960 through Barbra's opening in Funny Girl on Broadway ... Pre-Order Link is here.
- Sunday is the Oscar telecast on ABC at 7:00 EST. Maybe Barbra will present? (She is not on the list of presenters so far...)
February 16, 2012
Streisand News Update
Hi everyone! I'm back from a short vacation and catching up on things. Here's some Streisand news ....
- My Mother's Curse — Barbra's new road trip film with Seth Rogen is due out in theaters on November 2, 2012. Based on some movie theater booking info I received, this date looks pretty firm. It's interesting to note that the film is being released by Paramount Vantage, the specialty film division of Paramount Pictures. It also looks as if the idea of retitling the film Guilt Trip has been dropped. I'm betting we probably won't start seeing photos, a trailer or posters for this movie until about May 2012. By the way, at this point it looks like My Mother's Curse's only competition that weekend at the box office is a Disney film, Wreck-It Ralph.
- I'm sure you all have read about the death of Whitney Houston. On her official website, Barbra wrote: “She had everything, beauty, a magnificent voice. How sad her gifts could not bring her the same happiness they brought us.”
- The venerable Tony Bennett won the Grammy this year for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album—Streisand was nominated in the same category for her album of Bergman tunes.
- No news is .... ? Just for the record, there's no new news on Gypsy, although I've heard some interesting rumors about a director—whose Broadway show is in previews—and costars (best rumor so far: Kurt Russell as Herbie—fantastic!). From what I've heard, Gypsy is still moving forward, and there will be a period of preproduction before they begin filming. No word on who's writing the screenplay or how they'll handle the issue of Barbra's age—although I hear they are shrewdly and creatively trying to address it ... All signs point to a Holiday 2013 release.
- Barbra's 50th celebration with Columbia—from what I hear (and based on strategies of the past) I would bet we'll see some “Streisand product” around Mother's Day (Barbra's concert DVDs sold very well at that time a few years ago), and probably a “rarities” CD collection around the time Mother's Curse comes out (so Barbra can plug both her movie and the CD set). It'd be disappointing if the music business and the depressed state of the CD changes the plans for Barbra's anniversary, which is always possible. I'm hoping we'll get something special since this is her anniversary year with Columbia.
- Finally, it's possible all these items will be collected into one big announcement for maximum impact. Fans need not worry—Team Streisand is active ... they're just not talking about it yet.
January 9, 2012
Looking at “Barbra: A Retrospective”
The folks at Sterling were kind enough to send an advance copy of the new book Barbra: A Retrospective by Allegra Rossi, which is due out in the U.S. February 7, 2012.
Streisand fans will want to add this book to their collection. It's a handsome, coffee table book and features some nice, large-scale photographs of Streisand from the 1960s through today. The book is similar to some of the other “coffee table-esque” Streisand books, like Barbra Streisand by Nick Yapp.
The book's text travels through Streisand's career—no new information is contributed to the Streisand tale, but Ms. Rossi hits all the usual highlights. Streisand's record catalog is included throughout the book, with reproductions of the album art and track listings. Streisand's films are covered, too. A still from the set of My Mother's Curse even appears in the book, making it very current. The photographs in the book are of good quality and there's a special few that fans will enjoy, like some on-the-set photos from Other Musical Instruments.
Until Columbia Records releases some 50th Anniversary product in 2012, and before My Mother's Curse is released to theaters, Streisand fans can get their “Barbra fix” by leafing through Barbra: A Retrospective.
You can order it below via the Amazon.com link ...
January 4, 2012
Happy New Year!
Wishing all the Streisand fans out there a Happy 2012!
I've archived all the 2011 Streisand news here.
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."