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April 24, 2014

Happy Birthday, Barbra!

It's Barbra's birthday!

Happy Birthday Barbra!

I wish Barbra all the best on her special day ... and send thoughts of gratitude and thanks for all the pleasure she's brought us fans with her voice and her talent.

Barbra: ageless and evergreen ... truly!

I'm a huge fan ... I think you're an amazing entertainer and humanitarian ... and a very sweet lady.


Matt Howe

April 9, 2014

Barbra On “The Normal Heart”

The Normal Heart was a passion project for Barbra Streisand for many years. She didn't get to make her version of Larry Kramer's play. Ryan Murphy's film of The Normal Heart will air on HBO on May 25.

Make sure you read Barbra's piece for The Hollywood Reporter: Barbra Streisand on 'The Normal Heart': 'I Tried Very Hard to Get It Made.'

There is also a longer piece at THR: 'The Normal Heart's' 30-Year Journey From Barbra Streisand to Ryan Murphy.

April 7, 2014

New York Mag Update

New York Magazine giveaway

Fans were super excited to see a retro photo of their idol as one of the covers of last week's New York Magazine. There were two vintage items inside the mag: a photo of Barbra in the 60s, and a quote about changing her name and Brooklyn. (The quote attributed to Barbra came from an article written by Jerome Weidman, the man who wrote I Can Get It For You Wholesale—it wasn't even a direct quote!)

Inside of New York Magazine

Well, Barbra herself wrote to NY Mag to clear up some inaccuracies:

It simply isn't true. The truth is I didn't want to change anything about myself like my nose, my teeth, my clothes, whatever. But I wanted to have something original, so I took out the second 'a' from Barbara and became Barbra, which is the same name only without an A, and it looked a bit different and unique.

LAST WEEK'S GIVEAWAY: Congratulations to Denny Miller — she is the winner (chosen randomly) of the March 24-April 6, 2014 New York Magazine with Barbra Streisand on the cover ... her favorite 1960s Streisand album is Je m'appelle Barbra. Thanks to all who participated.

March 26, 2014

50 Years Ago Today...

Chaplin and Streisand in Funny Girl on Broadway

.... Funny Girl opened on Broadway!

You can read all of the Barbra Archives pages about the original Broadway show here.

Funny Girl cast album

Here is today's official press release about the new Funny Girl Broadway Cast Album, due April 29th:

It has been 50 years since Barbra Streisand portrayed Fanny Brice in the 1964 Broadway stage production of Funny Girl, and 46 years since she reprised her critically acclaimed role for the 1968 feature film. On April 29, Capitol/UMe will release the Gold-certified Funny Girl: Original Broadway Cast Recording in a 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition boxed set with a digitally remastered CD and vinyl LP, as well as a 48-page book featuring exclusive photos from the production and a new essay by Jay Landers. The remastered original cast recordingwill also be available for digital purchase, including 192k and 96k high definition audio on HDtracks.

[Pre-Order FUNNY GIRL 50TH from Amazon.com here]

By 1964, Streisand’s star was on a rapid rise. She was already a two-time GRAMMY® winner, earning 1963’s Album of the Year and Best Female Vocalist awards for her solo album debut, The Barbra Streisand Album. On March 26, 1964, Funny Girl opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre, with Streisand in the musical’s lead role of Fanny Brice.

With music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill, Funny Girl was produced by Ray Stark, directed by Garson Kanin, and choreographed by Carol Haney under the supervision of Jerome Robbins. In addition to Streisand, the show’s original cast included Sydney Chaplin, Kay Medford, Danny Meehan, Jean Stapleton, and Lainie Kazan, who also served as Streisand's understudy. The production earned rave reviews and eight Tony® Award nominations, in every major category.

Funny Girl’s Original Broadway Cast Recording album was recorded in one session, 10 days into the show’s run, with seasoned Broadway cast recording producer Dick Jones at the helm. Released one week later by Capitol Records, the album climbed to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, just behind The Beatles’ Second Album (also released by Capitol), and Streisand’s rendition of “People” became an instant classic. The album won the year’s GRAMMY® Award for Best Original Cast Album.

After more than 1,300 performances at the Winter Garden Theatre, the Majestic Theatre, the Broadway Theatre, and a triumphant run in London’s West End, Funny Girl closed on July 1, 1967. The next year, Streisand made her Hollywood film debut, once again wowing critics and fans alike and earning the Best Actress Academy Award® for her portrayal of Fanny Brice in the Funny Girl motion picture.

[Pre-Order FUNNY GIRL 50TH from Amazon.com here]

  1. Overture
  2. If a Girl Isn't Pretty [Jean Stapleton, Kay Medford, Danny Meehan and Ensemble]
  3. I'm the Greatest Star [Barbra Streisand]
  4. Cornet Man [Barbra Streisand]
  5. Who Taught Her Everything? [Kay Medford and Danny Meehan]
  6. His Love Makes Me Beautiful [John Lankston, Barbra Streisand and Ensemble]
  7. I Want to Be Seen With You Tonight [Sydney Chaplin and Barbra Streisand]
  8. Henry Street [Ensemble]
  9. People [Barbra Streisand]
  10. You Are Woman [Sydney Chaplin and Barbra Streisand]
  11. Don't Rain on My Parade [Barbra Streisand]
  12. Sadie, Sadie [Barbra Streisand and Ensemble]
  13. Find Yourself a Man [Danny Meehan, Kay Medford and Jean Stapleton]
  14. Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat [Danny Meehan, Barbra Streisand and Ensemble]
  15. Who Are You Now? [Barbra Streisand]
  16. The Music That Makes Me Dance [Barbra Streisand]
  17. Don't Rain on My Parade (Reprise) [Barbra Streisand]


A couple of upcoming shows with Streisand connections have emailed me info, and I thought I'd pass it along:

Rupert Holmes

New York Theatre Barn is holding A Conversation With Rupert Holmes on Sunday, April 13. Holmes wrote some of the songs for A Star is Born, and worked with Barbra on the Lazy Afternoon album.

Rupert Holmes info


Starring Christopher Hanke "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" & "Rent"

Written by Jonathan Tolins. Directed by Stephen Brackett

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$59* orchestra seats (reg. $75)
Performance Schedule: Tue-Sun 7:30pm, Sat & Sun 2:30pm

3 Easy Ways to Buy Tickets:

Click for more information: BUYERandCELLAR.com

*Valid for performances through 8/31/14. Black out dates may apply. Schedule and cast subject to change. Offer subject to availability. Normal service charges apply to online and phone orders. No exchanges or refunds. All sales are final. Cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid for prior purchases. Limit of 10 tickets per order. Offer may be revoked at any time.

March 13, 2014

More Updates

While we're waiting for news about Barbra Streisand's next project or album release, here's some Barbra Herstory to keep you fans entertained—new pages!

March 10, 2014

Streisand and Netanyahu

On March 6, Barbra Streisand attended an event at the home of Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan (The Mirror Has Two Faces and this year's 12 Years a Slave) which honored Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Mrs. Sarah Netanyahu.

Streisand and Netanyahu

March 2, 2014

Email Back!

My email is working now! Apologies, I know a few of you received bounce-back emails when you tried emailing me.

It's all fixed, and I'm back up-and-running.


February 24, 2014

Technical Difficulties & Some New Pages

Apologies in advance if you have tried emailing me at matt@barbra-archives.com ... I have moved this site over to a new server (all the pages should be up and working fine!), but I had a hiccup with the transfer of my email service which I was unable to resolve before I went away on vacation for a week. I'm back and working on the problem .... my email should be up-and-running any day now!


New Stuff:

I just put up a new page in the Interviews section with photographer Bob Deutsch. Read it here, and enjoy!

Also new to Barbra-Archives is The Barbra Streisand Timeline (1942-2004). The Timeline was written and compiled by Allison Waldman, the author of The Barbra Streisand Scrapbook and Barbra Memories. Allison was a good friend who passed away in 2013 after a long battle with cancer. I received permission from Allison's family to post her timeline on my website because—like all things Allison wrote about Ms. Streisand's career—it was meticulous and factual. Allison stopped updating her timeline in 2004, so I have left it as-is. Read the Timeline here.

I've also done a major revision on The Concert (1994-5) pages (with help from some amazing fans who've sent photos and clippings—they're credited on the pages. Thank you!) Check out those pages here:

I'm working on the Timeless (2000) concert pages ... so please email me your clippings or photos or memorabilia, and I'll make sure to credit you on the page!

One last major update: It's the 50th Anniversary of Funny Girl on Broadway (it premiered March 1964). I have revised a lot of the pages on this site, with new photos, and new info. Check these out:

February 7, 2014

Streisand on Today Show

Barbra Streisand appeared on NBC's Today Show Friday, Feb. 7th during the 8am hour. She spoke with host Natalie Morales about Go Red For Women Day and the Barbra Streisand Heart Center. Watch it here:

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy


Barbra revealed her new talent: she sketches and draws!

Morales and Streisand

January 16, 2014

Barbra at L.A. Art Show

photo of van Gogh, Streisand, and Rger

Willem van Gogh, Barbra Streisand and Director of the Van Gogh Museum Axel Rger attends Van Gogh Museum Editions making it's U.S. debut at LA Art Show on January 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay)

Thanks for the Scans!

See my January 8th post below ... thanks to the fantastic Streisand fans out there who answered my call for scans of rare Streisand items for this site! I've received some amazing stuff that I'm processing and adding to various pages of this site.

Thank you Michael Kessler, Nacho (he sent his Barbra clippings book!), Christophe, Joe Petrollese, Peter Curl, Manfred, Bill Muzzillo, David, and Rick (his custom-designed Streisand art collection is pictured below)—and apologies if I did not mention you here.

Rick's collection

Here's one example of a new magazine article I just added, thanks to Joe Petrollese's amazing scans. Read it here.

Thanks again, everybody!

January 14, 2014

Streisand in NY Times

This full-page ad for Teachers College Columbia University on page 65 of the Dec. 29 New York Times Magazine features the Emanuel and Barbra Streisand Endowed Scholarship Fund. Thanks to Tessie Patterson for scanning it so all can see!

Streisand ad

Barbra at Cedars-Sinai

Streisand photo in Catalyst

The Winter 2013-14 issue of Catalyst (a publication mailed to donors, philanthropists, and friends who support Cedars-Sinai’s medical research and programs) features a photo of a proud Streisand standing in front of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center. Last June, the Cedars-Sinai Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion formally opened its doors.

Read more about the center and how to donate here.

January 8, 2014

Happy New Year!

2013 news has been archived here.

I'm still looking for your rare scans, photos, clippings, industry ads, etc. of Barbra Streisand.

If you've ever thought about sending me something and never got around to it ...... let's do it now!

I'm particularly looking for images and clippings from the Timeless tour (2000) and The Concert tour(1994).

Also, anything from her 1970s concerts at the Hilton and the Riviera in Las Vegas (a photo of a marquee?!)

If you know it's “rare” and you'd like to share it with this site (and, therefore, thousands of Streisand fans around the world), please email me at: matt@barbra-archives.com. I'm looking for private collection stuff—not the usual photos or materials one finds by using Google (and I'm an expert Googler, LOL.)

Also: I'm very interested in any 1960s images or clippings or from any of Streisand's live shows.

I'm happy to give you credit on whatever page I end up posting your material on (or if you want to remain anonymous).

Thank you in advance ... and have a fantastic 2014!



All 2013 Streisand news has been archived here.

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