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May 16, 2016

STREISAND TOUR & NEW ALBUM!

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Barbra Streisand, who last year became the only recording artist or group to achieve #1 albums in each of six decades, will bring her legendary live performances to 9 cities in August, it was announced today by her longtime manager Marty Erlichman. Streisand will perform her hits from each decade plus songs from her new album, "ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway," celebrating a career of unparalleled creative achievement.  Every ticket purchased online includes a CD of Streisand's new album, which will be released later this year.

The tour is presented by Live Nation Global Touring and S2BN Entertainment. 

The tour dates include:

August 2                       

Los Angeles                 

Staples Center

August 4                        

San Jose                      

SAP Center at San Jose

August 6                         

Las Vegas                     

T-Mobile Arena

August 9                          

Chicago                          

United Center

August 11, 13                   

Brooklyn                            

Barclays Center

August 16                         

Boston                               

TD Garden

August 18                         

Washington D.C.                   

Verizon Center

August 20                         

Philadelphia                        

Wells Fargo Center

August 23                          

Toronto                             

Air Canada Centre

Tickets for all shows will go on sale Wednesday, May 25th, and will be available online, via charge-by-phone and venue box offices. Check local listings for complete details.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in the U.S. before the general public beginning Wednesday, May 18th at 10am local time through Sunday, May 22nd at 5pm local time, and in Toronto before the general public beginning Thursday, May 19th at 10am EDT through Sunday, May 22nd at 5pm EDT. 

 

April 11, 2016

Gypsy!

Exciting news!

Gypsy went into turnaround at Universal last year, but Barbra's passion to get it made has apparently paid off ....

Variety today reported that “STX Entertainment is in advanced negotiations to make “Gypsy” with the Grammy and Oscar winner taking the lead role, and Oscar-winner Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) directing ....

Variety explained that Streisand will produce the film with Joel Silver (“Lethal Weapon”). Richard LaGravenese (“The Fisher King”) has written the script, which Barbra was involved developing.

“It’s Barbra Streisand doing one more, if not the last, movie musical of her career,” said STX Chairman Adam Fogelson. He added that he was excited by “the type of talent that is clamoring to work with her on one of the most famous and satisfying musicals ever.”

UPDATE 4/13: Fogelson also spoke with Deadline. He gave them more details about the Gypsy production, including a possible Fall shoot with an $80 million budget. “There’s a real shot at getting this thing done this year. It’s a fast turnaround,” he said. “ I think Barbra doing a movie like this in her career now is a global event. We all have a vision for it at a price where it all makes sense. It would be incredibly exciting if we figure out how to pull it off,” he said, adding director Barry Levinson is aiming to sign on and has a very good take on the material and the script written by Richard LaGravenese. Joel Silver is still attached as producer.

April 7, 2016

Barbra Posts Recording Pic

Walter, Barbra and Bill

Yesterday Barbra Streisand posted a photo of herself, Walter Afanasieff, and Bill Ross at the Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage. It looks like Barbra's been recording, although there's been no official announcement about the project ... yet.

In December, Barbra told the Hollywood Reporter, “I love doing my albums because I have a wonderful team that I work with. I have this idea for the album that I can't talk about yet. But there's no ego in it. It's like, I'll say something, they come up with something, and, 'Oh! Ah! Go to the piano and try this!' It's like doing a play.”

March 17, 2016

Barbra Honors Kristofferson

Last night in Nashville, Tennessee at the Bridgestone Arena, country music's biggest stars gathered to honor the life and music of Kris Kristofferson. Barbra Streisand sent a video message.

Speaking about her work with Kristofferson on A Star is Born, Barbra said to him:

... people still stop me and talk about that film. You are a perfect combination of brawn and brains, which not only makes you a great musician, songwriter, and poet and an actor. I want to thank you for being there in my life as I've called on you , needed you ... you were always there for me over the years. So, have a wonderful evening and feel all the love that's coming at you ... and from me too.

March 7, 2016

Dylan & Streisand

Columbia Records recording artist Bob Dylan recently gave more than 6,000 personal items to Tulsa, Okla., where it will be cataloged, digitized and displayed as the Bob Dylan Archive.

One of the items, it's reported, is a handwritten note from Barbra Streisand postmarked November 1978. Barbra thanks Dylan for sending flowers and wrote, “It would be wonderful to make a record with you — especially since I only record with Jewish guys who live in Malibu on CBS.” (Barbra was referencing her duet with Neil Diamond on “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”)

Streisand, after reading about the letter in Dylan's archives, contacted The New York Times to offer some backstory.

I read the recent story in The New York Times about Bob Dylan’s archive, and I was so touched to find out he had saved a note from me.

It prompted me to go back into my own archive and retrieve a letter I had saved from him.

As I remember it, first he sent me flowers and a lovely note, asking me if I would like to sing with him. In return, I sent him the note that’s in his archive, thanking him for the flowers and the invitation. But for whatever reason, it never happened at the time.

Years later … when Yentl was about to come out [in 1983] … he sent me his latest album, along with the letter I still have. In it, he writes, “There are some songs on this album which I’m sure you would love to do.”

He adds, “I’m looking forward to seeing your movie. Maybe you can direct me in one of mine.” And then he goes on to say something that still means so much to me: “You are my favorite star. Your self-determination, wit and temperament and sense of justice have always appealed to me.”

I thought scholars, and fans, might like to know the story behind my note. And I plan to send a copy of his letter to Bob, so it can be included in his archive, as well as mine.

The Dylan Archive was purchased by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa and is being transferred to Oklahoma, where it will be exhibited near the George Kaiser Family Foundation’s Woody Guthrie Center.

Read more here ..... and here ...... and here.

March 5, 2016

Pat Conroy Dies

Conroy, Streisand, and Johnson

The man who wrote “The Prince of Tides” as well as the novels “The Great Santini,” and “The Lords of Discipline” has died of pancreatic cancer.

The Prince of Tides author Pat Conroy wrote in Barbra's copy of his book that “you're many things, Barbra, but you're also a great teacher... one of the greatest to come into my life”

Photo above: Screenwriter Pat Conroy, actress/singer Barbra Streisand and screenwriter Becky Johnston attend the 44th Annual Writers Guild of America Awards on March 22, 1992 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

UPDATE: Barbra posted a statement on her official site:

First, I fell in love with Pat Conroy’s book, The Prince of Tides, and then I fell in love with him. He was generous and kind, humble and loving…such a joy to work with. I was so honored that he entrusted his beautiful book to me. Pat’s natural language was poetry…he wrote sentences that are like an incantation. He observed every nuance of human behavior and dug deep down to the truth…presenting it in all its glorious and stubborn complexity. I am so sad today. I lost a dear friend, and the world has lost a great writer.

 

March 3, 2016

Barbra Records with Daisy

The Saturday before the Oscars, Barbra Streisand recorded a song with Star Wars star Daisy Ridley.

Star Wars director J.J. Abrams hinted at the duet the week before when he told the press that Ridley had a great singing voice and was due to record a song with a “massive superstar.”

Then, when Daisy Ridley was doing a red carpet interview, she said, “I can tell you everyone's guesses are way off.” She continued, “When J.J. said 'superstar,' he meant a legendary awe-inspiring jaw-dropping superstar.”

On March 1, Ridley Tweeted a photo of herself with Streisand, which sort-of clarified everything.

Daisy Ridley and Streisand

Barbra is back recording, although the project has not been officially announced yet.

 

 

February 18, 2016

2016 News

All 2015 news items have been archived on this page.

2016 is here (it's February ?!), and there have been a few Streisand news items already.

Jamie Foxx Tweet with Barbra

 

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