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August 10, 2019

Streisand at MSG & Chicago

I've added new pages in the LIVE section for Barbra's wonderful shows at Madison Square Garden, New York and the United Center, Chicago. Barbra's set lists are there, as well as photos and quotes from the newspaper reviews. Enjoy!

July 10, 2019

Streisand Wowed at Hyde Park!

I'm just back from London, and Streisand did not disappoint at her concert in Hyde Park ... in fact, she astounded!

I have added a new Hyde Park page and posted Barbra's set list. Check that out here. I will post more later ...

June 27, 2019

More Guests Announced for Hyde Park!

For the fans who have never been to Hyde Park for a festival concert ... please check out the official FAQ, especially for items that are not allowed.

June 24, 2019

Streisand in Concert in Chicago!

Barbra Streisand will bring her legendary live performance back to Chicago’s United Center for one night only – August 6th, it was announced today by her longtime manager Marty Erlichman.

Go to Barbra's official site for all the presale ticket dates.

June 12, 2019

Streisand at Madison Square Garden

Barbra Streisand will bring her legendary live performance home to Madison Square Garden for the first time in 13 years on Saturday, August 3!

“There are no fans like New York Fans!” said Streisand “and I can’t wait to return to Madison Square Garden to perform some new songs, some old songs and anything I find in between.”

As an American Express Experience Concert, American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, June 11 at 9am local time through Sunday, June 16th at 5pm.

Tickets will be available here:


Schedule is as follows:

AMEX pre-sale Tuesday, June 11 at 9a – Sunday (5pm)
Live Nation pre-sale: Friday, June 14 at 9a – Sunday, June 16 at 5pm
Public on sale – Monday, June 17 (9am)

April 9, 2019

Official: Bryan Ferry & Kris Kristofferson

Today it was announced that Bryan Ferry and Kris Kristofferson will join Barbra Streisand at her July 7th concert in London's Hyde Park.

Ferry, the former singer with Roxy Music and esteemed solo artist, was one of the most popular frontmen of the 70s. Collectively he has sold over 30 million records over the course of his career, with solo hits including Let’s Stick Together and Roxy Music songs Virginia Plain, Love is the Drug and More Than This. Kristofferson is one of the most celebrated country musicians of the past five decades, as well as an acclaimed actor. He famously starred alongside Streisand in the 1977 version of A Star Is Born alongside headliner Streisand.

March 7, 2019

Barbra to Perform July 7th, Hyde Park, London

Year after year, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park brings the greatest artists to the stage in Hyde Park. This year, a true icon, pioneer and one of the most important artists of the last half-century will make her BST Hyde Park debut – Barbra Streisand.


Sign up for the BST Hyde Park Presale (live from Monday 11th March) 

Barclaycard Presale: Friday 8th March 9am 

General Sale: Thursday 14th March 9am 

General Admission – from £69.95

Primary Entry – from £89.95

Gold Circle – from £159.95

Barclaycard VIP Summer Garden – from £249.95

The Terrace – from £299.95

Diamond – from £299.95

Child 2-9 yrs  / Guardian Ticket – £65

*general on sale prices may differ


March 6, 2019

Barbra Talks YENTL ... and More

Last night (3/5/19), Barbra spoke after a screening of her film YENTL as part of Women in Entertainment and the Writers Guild of America West's new screening series, "In Her Words: Spotlight on Women Writers in Film & TV."

Based on several reports I've read from fans who were there, here's the best bits that Barbra revealed last night:

- She's working on a PRINCE OF TIDES Blu-ray, even going back and editing her director's commentary which was on the Criterion Laser Disc.

- She was offered SPLASH (the mermaid movie) back in the day, but her agent never told her.

- She has several chapters in her memoir on A STAR IS BORN and YENTL. She's still writing it (talking into a recorder) and is editing it now, too.

- She spoke about recording "My Man" live on the FUNNY GIRL film -- a story she will share on screen in the new documentary, MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND (playing film festivals soon). 

- She mentioned again that she is about to start directing a movie that she was going to star in years ago (but she did not offer the title of the movie or its subject matter).

February 25, 2019

Streisand at the Oscars

On last night's broadcast of the 91st Academy Awards on ABC, Barbra Streisand was given a standing ovation when she came onstage at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. She was there to present one of the eight movies nominated for Best Picture: Spike Lee's Blackkklansman.

Watch Barbra's presentation:


Lovely Richard E. Grant (nominated for Best Supporting Actor) was visibly moved as he applauded his idol (he has expressed an undying devotion to Streisand since he was 15 years old, and was able to meet her and take a selfie later in the evening.)

Richard E. Grant gets emotional when Streisand comes on stage.

After the show, Streisand and husband Jim Brolin attended the Governor's Ball where she was photographed commiserating with Spike Lee. And at Vanity Fair's post-Oscar party, Streisand posed with Anita Hill and Kerry Washington. She also took selfies with Jason Momoa, Jennifer Hudson, and more.

Spike Lee and Barbra Streisand

Barbra looked beautiful, wearing a vintage Chanel gown made of leather and sequins. The long sequin sweater was an old Donna Karan piece from her closet. Additionally the antique pin was hers from many years ago.

Barbra wearing vintage Chanel.

February 22, 2019

Streisand Awarded for Environmental Work

Last night (Feb. 21) in Los Angeles, Barbra Streisand accepted an award for her environmental activism at the annual Hollywood for Science Gala, presented by the UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability (IoES). Gisele Bündchen was also honored. Celebs spotted at the event were: Josh Brolin and wife Kathryn Brolin; Patricia Arquette; Angelica Houston; Norman Lear; Ceelo Green; Gerard Butler; and Donna Karan.

Below: Streisand accepts her award. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer)

Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer

Barbra Joins the Oscar Telecast

Tune into the Academy Awards, to be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and to air live Sunday on ABC.

The Academy has announced that Barbra Streisand will be one of the presenters of the eight movies nominated for Best Picture this year. No word on which film Barbra will introduce, but it's exciting to see her on the show, nonetheless.

January 22, 2019

Don't Lie to Me Charts!

Don't Lie to Me on the Billboard chart

The dance mix of Barbra's single, “Don't Lie to Me” (by Dave Aude) is charting on the Billboard Dance chart! After debuting October 20, 2018, it has peaked at #8, although it fell back to #18 on the January 26, 2019 chart. Way to go, let's dance!

Prince of Tides on Blu

UPDATE 2/22/19: Sony Spain has canceled this Blu-ray. Sorry, there is not an explanation as to why.

I'm a huge fan of the Blu-ray format, and it was brought to my attention that Streisand's film, The Prince of Tides, is being released on Blu by Sony Spain on February 6, 2019. This is the first time this movie has appeared in this format.

Prince of Tides Blu-ray

Now, here's the disclaimer: According to Amazon.es, the disc is ALL REGION, which means it will play on any Blu-ray machine in the world. Normally, most Blus are region-protected, which means if I bought a Spanish or German disc, it would not play on my U.S. machine.

Amazon also states that the disc comes with an ENGLISH DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 choice.

So ... buyer beware. But, that being said, I have bought German and U.K. All Region discs before that work perfectly well on my U.S. machine.

As for why Sony Spain is releasing this and not Sony U.S. .... I have no idea. Although, I have noticed in the Blu-ray business that sometimes a European release precedes a U.S. release ..... we'll see!


Happy New Year!

Happy 2019, everybody! What will it bring for Streisand fans?

Well, I'm sure Barbra has something exciting to surprise us with. Whether it's her directing a movie .... a live performance .... a Grammy award .... or maybe wrapping up her memoir .... I'm on Pins and Needles!

Best to you all,

Matt Howe

December 7, 2018

Grammy Nominated ... and more


Congratulations to Barbra and her team for a Grammy nomination! The Grammys air Sunday, February 10 at 8/7c on CBS.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Nominations:

FYI, because of the late release date for Walls, it was not eligible for the 2019 Grammy Awards, but will be for the 2020 awards.


Have you checked out Barbra's official YouTube page? There are lots of behind-the-scenes videos about the new album. Click here to watch.


Barbra Streisand interviewed by Rodgrigeuz

Have you seen The Director’s Chair with Robert Rodriguez, which aired on El Rey Network? It is probably her best interview in years, and Rodriguez pulls out some neat film clips and gets Barbra to share some interesting things. You can watch it online here.


Barbra gets a name-check in Mariah Carey's new song, "Giving Me Life":

Giving me life and it's everything
Thinkin' 'bout when we were seventeen
Living like Babs 'cause it's Evergreen
Here in my arms is where you should be


Several people have emailed me about the sales of Walls. It debuted on the Billboard 200 at #12, then the next week dropped to #87. It's true: the album did not sell as well as Barbra's last efforts, Partners and Encore. Barbra didn't do as much press this time, and did not sing on any late night talk shows (if you don't count Carpool Karaoke). Artistically, the album is her best in years, in my opinion. And she is in glorious voice. My hopes for this album are that Barbra is nominated and (hopefully) wins a Grammy in 2020! It's unfortunate that she has been nominated many times over the years, but has not won a Grammy Award for an album since 1987! Yes ... 1987.


Streisand an opinionated guide book cover

On Streisand: An Opinionated Guide by Ethan Mordden begins with a broad year-by-year outline of the landmark achievements, followed by a short biography, some chapters exploring key points in the artistry, then-the major part of the book-a work-by-work analysis. The book is due out May 1, 2019. I haven't heard much about this book, but it might be worth your attention .... PRE-ORDER FROM AMAZON

October 30, 2018

Press This Week for 'Walls'

Dave Audé’s REMIX of "Don't Lie To Me" is now for sale on iTunes here.

Make sure you check out Barbra's Official YouTube Channel for more videos from the new album, WALLS, which will be released this Friday, November 2nd. CLICK HERE.

October 26, 2018

Lady Liberty

In advance of Barbra's new album (which is released next Friday, November 2), Columbia Records has released another track! Enjoy “Lady LIberty”—words and music by Desmond Child.

Also look for more press from Barbra next week to publicize the album ... as well as some special television appearances!

October 12, 2018


Barbra's most amazing and beautifully sung medley of "Imagine" and "What a Wonderful World" has been released. Wowza!!!!! Barbra, thank you!

Barbra's new album, Walls, is released on November 2, 2018.

September 27, 2018


Walls cover art

Pre-order WALLS on iTunes (digital)

Pre-order WALLS on Amazon (digital)

Pre-order WALLS CD at Amazon

Pre-order WALLS LP (Vinyl) at Amazon

"Don't Lie To Me" on Spotify

NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2018 -- Today, Columbia Records has released "Don't Lie To Me," a new single written and recorded by Barbra Streisand from her upcoming album Walls, due out November 2nd. It's Streisand's first album primarily consisting of original songs since 2005. "Don't Lie To Me" is a stirring precursor to the forthcoming Walls, the first Barbra Streisand album to encompass a unified social theme. Led by the passionate plea, "Don't Lie To Me," Streisand shares the guiding principles and values she has believed in, spoken about, and fought for her entire life.

WALLS finds Barbra exploring both her concerns and hopes for the future in a collection filled with beautiful melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. In addition to the three original tunes which the Oscar-winning songwriter contributed to, the songs on Walls explore topics near to the celebrated artist's heart. Streisand also brings a fresh perspective to the classic songs "Imagine" and "What A Wonderful World," and the Bacharach/David pop standard "What The World Needs Now." The penultimate song that Streisand sings is a timely one called "Take Care Of This House" by the legendary composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner.

Streisand's "What's On My Mind," the first song she conceived of for Walls, "Don't Lie To Me" and "The Rain Will Fall" all speak to core issues she believes in. For all her many record-breaking and award-winning accomplishments as a singer, actress, film director, producer, screenplay writer, author and songwriter, Streisand's dedicated social activism and commitment to philanthropy have always equaled her artistic passions.

To serve her inspirational themes, she shares production and arrangement duties on the new album with Walter Afanasieff, John Shanks and David Foster – all Grammy recipients for Producer of the Year – and Songwriter Hall of Fame recipient Desmond Child. Streisand's vision also comes through on the defining title track "Walls," with lyrics specifically written for the album by revered Streisand collaborators Alan & Marilyn Bergman.

Over the course of her astonishing career, Streisand has recorded a number of songs that address the human condition. Recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary song, "Don't Lie To Me," and the other songs on Walls are sure to add to her enduring legacy as an award-winning singer and songwriter. In 1977, she became the first woman to win an Oscar for composing the music to the timeless standard "Evergreen" (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)," which also went on to win the Grammy for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe. In addition, she has been duly recognized throughout her career for compositions on film projects emblematic of her songwriting gifts.

Track listing below:

  1. What's On My Mind
  2. Don't Lie To Me
  3. Imagine / What A Wonderful World
  4. Walls
  5. Lady Liberty
  6. What The World Needs Now
  7. Better Angels
  8. Love's Never Wrong
  9. The Rain Will Fall
  10. Take Care Of This House
  11. Happy Days Are Here Again

Barbra has done several interviews that published today, too. Check out:

Barbra will appear on GOOD MORNING BRITAIN tomorrow, too.

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September 26, 2018

News about “Walls” (Barbra's New Album)

Previews of Barbra's new album and new single have been posted on Barbra's official social media. According to today's post, fans are encouraged to set their alarms for 6:15 a.m. EST tomorrow. Also, one of Barbra's Facebook posts mentions 9:30 a.m. BST and BBC Radio2)


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Set your alarms for 6:15am ET tomorrow… #BarbraWalls

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8/16/18. Putting strings on my first single “Don’t Lie To Me”. Jim and Jason came to visit. #BarbraWalls

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June 10, 2018

Streisand at Netflix FYSEE

Above photo: Jamie Foxx, Barbra Streisand and Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos attend Barbra Streisand And Jamie Foxx In Conversation At Netflix's FYSEE at Raleigh Studios on June 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Netflix)

Official Press Release

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Hollywood, Calif. – Sunday, June 10, 2018 – #NetflixFYSEE – Barbra Streisand and Netflix announced a new content deal today from the 2018 Netflix FYSee closing night celebration which featured Streisand in conversation with Jamie Foxx in support of Barbra: The Music… The Mem'ries… The Magic! Netflix audiences worldwide will soon enjoy a fresh selection of content from the Streisand library including award-winning My Name Is Barbra (1965), Color Me Barbra (1966), Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park (1968), Barbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments (1973), Barbra Streisand: The Concert (1994), and Barbra Streisand: Timeless (2001). Netflix is also thrilled to present a special edition of Barbra Streisand’s classic movie A Star Is Born (1976), including never-before-seen footage of Ms. Streisand performing an instrumental version of “Evergreen” for the first time, and added footage to the iconic “With One More Look At You/Watch Closely Now” medley finale.

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Barbra Streisand appeared on stage with Jamie Foxx and participated in an hour-long question and answer with her concert duet partner. The Netflix FYSEE event (F.Y.C. stands for "For Your Consideration") was a press event prior to Emmy Award nominations. The audience was shown the Netflix concert special (being suggested for consideration in several "Variety Special" Emmy categories). Afterward, Jamie and Barbra took the stage.

Some of the interesting things that came out of their talk ....

Look for some new interviews with Barbra to promote all this:

The TV shows and A Star is Born should all be up on Netflix in the next few days, for the month of June.

Streisand fans have commented that they already own these TV shows on DVD. True, but .... in terms of Barbra's legacy, this is AMAZING news. Most fans under the age of 30 don't own a DVD player, and only want to stream TV shows. [It's been reported that 67% of millennials pay for between one and three streaming services.]

So ... these TV specials will reach an entirely new audience! The shows have never been on any digital platforms yet (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) The shows have also been worked on for superior picture and sound quality.

March 20, 2018

Streisand at Paleyfest

On the evening of Friday, March 16th, Barbra Streisand appeared in person at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

From the L.A. Times:

The event was the opening night for this year's annual PaleyFest, which honors current and veteran TV favorites .... Friday's salute kicked off with a generous montage of clips from Streisand's 1960s specials "My Name Is Barbra" and "Color Me Barbra," and her recent Netflix special, "Barbra: The Music ...The Mem'ries ...The Magic!" .... She was joined a few moments later by Ryan Murphy ("Glee," "American Horror Story"), the evening's moderator.

Many Streisand fans were lucky to attend the 2-hour evening. The clip montages were amazing (and generous in length).

You can read more about this amazing evening over at the Hollywood Reporter.

Below: Ryan Murphy poses with Barbra and (center) President / CEO of the Paley Center For Media Maureen J. Reidy. Reiday presented Streisand with the Paley Center for Media's Icon award.

'Becoming Barbra' Book Coming April 10th

A new book of photographs of Barbra Streisand is being released in April. Titled Becoming Barbra, it promises to give us a unique look at the icon in the early years of her career.

Photo by Bill Eppridge

The photos were taken 1962-1966 by the late photographer Bill Eppridge (mostly for Life magazine). You may pre-order the book from Amazon by using the link below.


February 27, 2018

By the Way ...

Barbra wants to clarify that the early versions posted online of her interview with Variety (and the print copies) were not accurate. On Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, Barbra relayed:

For those of you who saw the print edition of Variety, there was a mistake in the transcript. I was talking about Hello, Dolly! - not Funny Girl - when I said I was miscast . I will forever love Funny Girl, and am grateful that I got the chance to play Fanny Brice.


Cover Girl, Barbra

Variety cover with Streisand

Barbra Streisand appears on the latest cover of Variety magazine for its Oscars edition. Inside, Barbra gives a rare interview and talks about several topics:

Read the whole interview — and view the gorgeous photos of Barbra by Russell James, too, here.

There's also a couple of extra blurbs on Barbra over at Variety.

February 5, 2018

The Latest Streisand News ...

2017 News was archived here ....

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