Back to Broadway (1993)

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Tracks

  1. Some Enchanted Evening [3:54]
    (R. Rodgers / O. Hammerstein II)
  2. Everybody Says Don't [2:37]
    (S. Sondheim)
  3. The Music Of The Night (Duet with Michael Crawford) [5:37]
    (A. Lloyd Webber / C. Hart / R. Stilgoe)
  4. Speak Low [4:10]
    (K. Weill / O. Nash)
  5. As If We Never Said Goodbye [4:45]
    (A. Lloyd Webber / D. Black / C. Hampton / A. Powers)
  6. Children Will Listen [4:09]
    (S. Sondheim)
  7. I Have A Love/One Hand, One Heart (Duet with Johnny Mathis) [4:45]
    (L. Bernstein / S. Sondheim)
  8. I've Never Been In Love Before [3:54]
    (F. Loesser)
  9. Luck Be A Lady [3:32]
    (F. Loesser)
  10. With One Look [3:35]
    (A. Lloyd Webber / D. Black / C. Hampton / A. Powers)
  11. The Man I Love [3:43]
    (G. Gershwin / I. Gershwin)
  12. Move On [5:27]
    (S. Sondheim)

Individual track credits:

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1.Some Enchanted Evening

From SOUTH PACIFIC

Written by: Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II

Produced by: David Foster

Arranged by: Johnny Mandel & David Foster

Orchestrated by: Johnny Mandel, Conducted by: Eddie Karam

2. Everybody Says Don't

From ANYONE CAN WHISTLE

Written by: Stephen Sondheim

Produced by: David Foster & Barbra Streisand

Arranged by: Bill Ross & Barbra Streisand

Conducted by: Bill Ross

3. The Music of the Night

From PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Written by: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe

Produced by: David Foster

Co-Produced by: Barbra Streisand

Associate Producers: Jeff Jarratt & Don Reedman for Claude Hopper Productions Limited

London Symphony Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by: Andrew Pryce Jackman

Orchestra Recorded by: John Timperley

Vocals Recorded by: Humberto Gatica

Additional Vocal Engineering by: Dave Reitzas

4. Speak Low

From ONE TOUCH OF VENUS

Written by: Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash

Produced by: David Foster

Co-Produced by: Barbra Streisand

Arranged by: Johnny Mandel & David Foster

Orchestrated by: Johnny Mandel, Conducted by: Eddie Karam

5. As If We Never Said Goodbye

From SUNSET BOULEVARD

Written by: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, Christopher Hampton

Produced by: Barbra Streisand, Andrew Llyod Webber & Nigel Wright

Orchestrations by: Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Cameron & David Cullen

Orchestra Conducted by: David Caddick

6. Children Will Listen

From INTO THE WOODS

Written by: Stephen Sondheim

Produced by: Barbra Streisand

Arranged & Conducted by: Jonathan Tunick

Recorded by: Humberto Gatica

7. I Have A Love / One Hand, One Heart

From WEST SIDE STORY

Written by: Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim

Produced by: David Foster

Arranged by: Billy Byers & David Foster

Orchestrated by: Billy Byers & Bill Ross

Conducted by: Bill Ross

Recorded by: Al Schmitt & Dave Reitzas

Additional Recording: Humberto Gatica

8. I've Never Been In Love Before

From GUYS & DOLLS

Written by: Frank Loesser

Produced by: David Foster & Barbra Streisand

Arranged & Conducted by: Jeremy Lubbock

Recorded by: Shawn Murphy

Additional Recording by: Dave Reitzas

9. Luck Be A Lady

From GUYS & DOLLS

Written by: Frank Loesser

Produced by: David Foster

Co-Produced by: Barbra Streisand

Arranged & Conducted by: Jeremy Lubbock

Recorded by: Dave Reitzas & Humberto Gatica

10. With One Look

From SUNSET BOULEVARD

Written by: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, Christopher Hampton

Produced by: Barbra Streisand, Andrew Llyod Webber & Nigel Wright

Orchestrations by: Andrew Lloyd Webber & David Cullen

Orchestra Conducted by: David Caddick

Recorded by: Humberto Gatica

11. The Man I Love

From LADY, BE GOOD

Written by: George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin

Produced by: David Foster

Co-Produced by: Barbra Streisand

Arranged by: Johnny Mandel

Conducted by: Eddie Karam

12. Move On

From SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

Written by: Stephen Sondheim

Produced by: Barbra Streisand

Arranged & Conducted by: Michael Starobin

Recorded by: Shawn Murphy

About the Album

Back to Broadway record store banner

(Above: Columbia Records serviced record stores with this 36-inch banner to promote the album.)

Back to Broadway was a milestone in Barbra Streisand's recording career. It followed on the heels of her $ 60 million dollar contract, signed in December 1992 with Sony Corporation. The contract gave Streisand deals for both film and recording projects. In the recording arena (the contract was negotiated by Marty Erlichman and Barbra's attorney Lee Phillips), Barbra's new contract with Sony allegedly paid her $5 million for every album, plus 42 percent-plus royalty on the wholesale price of each unit sold. The 1992 contract covered six albums plus two re-issues.

Back to Broadway was not only a sequel to her multi-platinum 1985 record, The Broadway Album, it was also Barbra's 50th album for Columbia Records. Back to Broadway, therefore, was prepared by the label for an all-out marketing blitz.

Barbra actually started working on Back to Broadway back in November 1992.

In November 1992, Streisand sang “I Have A Love / One Hand, One Heart” live with Johnny Mathis at the APLA program.

Also in November 1992, Streisand reportedly tackled both “Unusual Way” (by Maury Yeston, from Nine) and “Being Good” (by Jule Styne from Hallelujah, Baby!) in the recording studio for a second time. (Both songs were recorded for 1985's Broadway Album but Streisand decided not to use them then.) Once again, they did not make it onto Streisand's album of Broadway songs—although “Unusual Way” was sung live during Barbra's 2006 concert tour. Streisand also recorded “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” for Back to Broadway with David Foster arranging—but did not use it. (That song, with a different arrangement, turned up on 2009's Love is the Answer album).

In January 1993, Barbra sang “Children Will Listen” at Bill Clinton's inauguration.

In March 1993, still three months away from the album's release, David Foster talked to the L.A. Times about his work on Back to Broadway with Streisand. “I work on the musical tracks and she works out her own vocals,” Foster said. “She sings them the way she wants to sing them, which is fine with me. Broadway material is not my forte, but it is hers. It's hard for me to say, ‘Barbra, sing it this way.’”

When asked what songs Streisand was recording, Foster was coy. “I don't want to say yet, but I can say she's doing some Andrew Lloyd Webber tunes, some Stephen Sondheim tunes and some older tunes that are favorites of hers from shows like Guys and Dolls and Annie Get Your Gun. She's doing a duet with Johnny Mathis on a medley from West Side Story. I'm producing eight or nine tracks and she's doing the rest. We're modernizing the music, but not too much.”

Foster also talked to columnist Marilyn Beck in March 1993. He told Beck that Streisand and he were “both perfectionists. It HAS to be great. And that makes for pretty long hours—sometimes, say, noon to midnight in the studio. We each put in about four hours a day on business before that. It makes for a pretty intense period.”

Michael Crawford and Streisand in the studio

(Above: Michael Crawford and Streisand were costars in the 1969 musical film Hello, Dolly! Reunited on the Back to Broadway album, they duet on “Music of the Night” —the big hit from the Crawford-starring stage musical Phantom of the Opera.)

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Streisand recorded two songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version of Sunset Boulevard: “With One Look” and “As If We Never Said Goodbye”. Streisand's album and her versions of the show's songs came out before Sunset opened in London with Patti Lupone.

Sunset's lyricist, Don Black rewrote some of “As If We Never Said Goodbye” for Streisand. “With Barbra Streisand,” he explained, “I had to change ‘With One Look.’ Those songs [from Sunset Boulevard] were written about a faded movie star. She wanted it more about a singer and I spent a wonderful day with her, changed a couple of bits and pieces. When you write musicals, musicals are written to be rewritten so you are used to people saying, ‘Can you write a different verse?’”

In April 1993, fans were disappointed to learn that a rumored duet between Madonna and Barbra Streisand would not happen due to scheduling problems. The pair were to have collaborated on “Anything You Can Do,” an Irving Berlin standard from Annie Get Your Gun.

Another song that did not end up on the final album was Barbra's solo version of “I've Got A Crush On You.” It was re-recorded with a new arrangement as a duet with Frank Sinatra.

Eugene ONeill playbill

Streisand appeared live at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York on May 13, 1993 to promote the new album. Columbia Records hosted a "listening party" for the release of Back to Broadway. With tickets priced from $50 to $500, the evening also benefited Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The theatre was sold out and packed with fans who came to hear the album months before it was actually released.

Barbra made a personal appearance that evening. She was greeted by screaming fans. She wore a sailor outfit (see below, photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.)

Photos by Walter McBride

One fan who was there remembered, “She was gracious and funny, and rolled up [a program] and held it up to her eye, looking into the crowd saying... ‘yoo-hoo... Mr Ziegfeld?’ (á la Funny Girl). We all went wild!”

That evening, Barbra was presented a huge plaque from the President of Sony Records which honored her for recording her fiftieth album which had an advance sale of over 1 million.

Back to Broadway, released June 1993, debuted on the Top Album charts at number one.

Back to Broadway singles

In the US and UK, Columbia released 7” and CD singles from Back to Broadway:

Press release for Back To Broadway

(Above: Back to Broadway press release. Contributed and scanned by Michael Kessler.)

Billboard Charts

The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine.

Here's the numbers for this Streisand album:

Gold: 500,000 units shipped

Platinum: 1 million units shipped.

Note: The record company must submit an album to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) where it undergoes a certification process to become eligible for an award. The process entails an independent sales audit, which calculates the quantity of singles or albums shipped for sale, net after returns. The audit surveys shipments to the entire music marketplace, including retail, record clubs, television sales, Internet orders and other ancillary markets. Based on the certification of these shipments, a title is awarded Gold, Platinum, Multi-Platinum or Diamond status. The data here comes directly from official sources, mainly the RIAA online database.

Columbia press release about Back to Broadway debuting at Number 1

Grammy Nominations

Album Cover Outtakes

Firooz Zahedi shot the striking photograph that graces the cover of Back to Broadway. The outtakes from that session are just as gorgeous...

Zahedi outtake of Streisandanother Zahedi outtake

 

Zahedi outtakes

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