The news below is from 2006 and has been archived here on this page.
August 25, 2006
Streisand And Bennett Duet
Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett recorded "Smile" by Charlie Chaplin together at Barbra's Malibu home back in February. Pinchas Zukerman contributed violin to the track. It is a duet that will appear on Bennett's 80th birthday album, Duets, due in stores on Sept. 26, 2006. The track is produced by longtime Streisand associate Phil Ramone.
A television special, Tony Bennett: An American Classic, will air on NBC in the fall. The special was directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago movie). On Thursday, August 24th, Streisand and Bennett filmed a segment singing "Smile" together for the special.
June 26, 2006
Streisand at Kenny G's House
The Dupont Twins mentioned Barbra in their 6/21/06 column:
Soprano saxophonist Kenny G. recently celebrated his birthday with a party at his magnificent Malibu home [...] Catherine Zeta Jones and Rob Lowe got up and sang for the forty or so guests, with CZJ singing "Smile" and Rob doing his impression of Kenny G. Others at the party including Pierce Brosnan, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, Michael Douglas, Rob's wife Cheryl, James Brolin and Kenny G., who asked another guest, Barbra Streisand, to sing. Begging off, Barbra said, "I couldn't get up in front of this group and sing if my life depended on it." She recalled she attended another function—a concert with an audience of maybe a 100,000—acknowledged from the stage and asked to sing a number, and then, every performer's nightmare, she promptly forgot the words to the song. After this, she made a vow to herself, "No more impromptu performances—ever!" We're assuming she'll be well-rehearsed for her just-announced 20-venue tour upcoming later in the year. Another guest, David Foster, was just in the recording studio with American Idol runner-up Catherine McPhee laying down tracks for "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," which he then played for the party guests. Streisand said she's been thinking about recording the song herself and once even sang it on a TV special of hers.
June 19, 2006
Streisand Set for Fall Concert Tour
The official press release is below:
Barbra Streisand Tour Kicks off October 4th in Philadelphia; Welcomes Il Divo as Her Special Guest; Tickets On Sale, Monday, June 19th
It was announced today that the multi-platinum quartet, Il Divo will take the stage with Barbra Streisand as her special guest for her highly anticipated national tour set to kick off October 4th in Philadelphia at the Wachovia Center.
[...] A Partial list of the Barbra Streisand 2006 North American Tour include:
- October 4 Philadelphia Wachovia Center
- October 9 New York City Madison Square Garden
- October 13 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
- October 18 Detroit The Palace Of Auburn Hills
- October 22 Boston TD Banknorth Garden
- October 28 Ft. Lauderdale BankAtlantic Center
- November 2 Atlanta Philips Arena
- November 7 Chicago United Center
- November 13 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose
- November 18 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
- November 20 Los Angeles Staples Center
American Express has partnered with Barbra Streisand to secure a special opportunity for Cardmembers to purchase their tickets (in select markets and venues) to what promises to be an incredible tour prior to the general public on-sale. Tickets to Barbra Streisand's performances in New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, San Jose and Los Angeles will be available exclusively to American Express Cardmembers from June 12th at 1pm to June 18th at 2pm. Additionally, tickets to the Las Vegas show will be available exclusively to American Express Cardmembers from June 17th to June 22nd and tickets for the Detroit performance will be available exclusively to Cardmembers from June 19th to June 25th. American Express will offer VIP packages exclusive to their Gold Card Events and By Invitation Only eligible Cardmembers.
Tickets for the Barbra Streisand tour will go on sale to the general public beginning Monday, June 19th for New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, San Jose and Los Angeles. Fans in Las Vegas can purchase beginning June 24th and in Detroit on June 26th. A limited number of seats will be sold at $750 with remaining tickets at $350, $200 and $100. There will be a 6 ticket limit per person. For Official Fan Club, Tour and Ticket information visit: www.BarbraStreisand.com. For special VIP Packages, visit: www.cpitour.com.
[...] Marty Erlichman, Streisand's longtime manager, says the possibility exists for a DVD, CD or television special from the tour, but those details had not yet been negotiated. "And if Barbra and Ill Divo can find a song that they both like, they’ll record it," Ehrlichman tells Billboard.com. "They’re both on the same label, so that makes life a little simpler."
Individual TV Show DVDs Due
Warner/Rhino will release "My Name is Barbra", "Color Me Barbra" and "The Belle of 14th Street" as individual DVD titles (i.e. not part of their original box set) with new cover art on 7/25/2006 for $19.99 per Disc.
"Happening in Central Park" and "Other Musical Instruments" are due individually on 8/29/06.
Each DVD contains a collector's poster.
More Streisand DVDs are due from Warner/Rhino Home video by year's end.
April 7, 2006
Barbra Bios Due
Two Barbra Streisand biographies are due in 2006.
Barbra Streisand has responded on her web site to the Christopher Andersen biography which has gotten a lot of press, as he has been doing many interviews to sell it.
Most interestingly, Barbra wrote: “Maybe it's finally time for an AUTHORIZED biography.”
BARBRA: THE WAY SHE IS, By Christopher Andersen due March 2006.
“BARBRA is the first major biography of Barbra Streisand in nearly a decade, introducing this global icon to a whole new audience of people under 30 who know her only as Ben Stiller’s mom in “Meet the Fockers.” An American original and a mega-star who continues to fascinate audiences, Streisand is the only performer with No. 1 albums in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s as well as hit movies in every one of the last five decades. Best-selling biographer Christopher Andersen examines her remarkable life and career.”
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING BARBRA, By Tom Santopietro due June 2006
"The Importance of Being Barbra" is an homage to the career of Streisand. Includes 21 B&W photos. 208 pages long.
March 21—31, 2006
More Concert Rumors
James Brolin, interviewed on the Tony Danza show on 3/31/06 said the following:
Tony Danza: [Barbra Streisand] is going to come back out and do a concert tour?
James Brolin: Yeah. She is. Yeah. [...]
Then Danza asked Brolin why Barbra is so reluctant to sing publically.
James Brolin said, “I never hear her sing, ever. And once she finishes an album, it's never played. Unless she's doing some research for, let's say, a concert — which songs should I sing, or whatever. ”
Danza turned to the camera and said, “Barbra, if you're watching, we all want you to come back out and sing a little bit.” Then Danza joked that he and Barbra have had the same “nail technician” for the last few years.
In an interview that aired on Access Hollywood, Friday, March 24, James Brolin talked about his wife's plans to tour. He said: “It took her six months. She kept saying, 'no, no, no' and now she is going to go out in November.”
On 3/22/06, Mr. Guttman, Streisand's publicist has told Barbra Archives: "As has long been rumored, a tour is being explored, but nothing has been finalized."Marty Erlichman, Streisand's manager, told Billboard Magazine: “A tour is being explored, but nothing has been finalized, including important aspects not entertained in the media speculation today," he tells Billboard.com. "As soon as this is resolved one way or the other -- she may not go out -- the facts will be announced.”
On 3/21/06 New York Post's Page Six reported:
[...] The Brooklyn-born diva—who previously bid her fans goodbye in 2000—is to hit the road this fall, says our insider, but there's already plenty of behind-the-scenes intrigue. We're told that Streisand's tour will have 20 shows, in which she'll perform "in the round" from the middle of arenas. She'll be paid $2 million per show, and the best tickets will go for $1,500 a pop.
Streisand's handlers have yet to secure an opening act. "They've tried unsuccessfully for Rod Stewart, Neil Diamond and Andrea Bocelli as opening acts," says our music industry snitch. "They're trying to get [operatic vocal group] Il Divo now."
[...] "The promoter is Michael Cohl, who does the Rolling Stones. The industry is freaked out about her ticket prices as the greediest ever. Her manager, Marty Erlichman, has screwed [talent agency] CAA out of their involvement, so there's a lotta bad blood out there about this one."
February 25, 2006
Army Archerd's Website: “We may hear more music from Barbra this year as she's making a final decision on whether to do a six-eight-city domestic tour — all proceeds would be donated to her charitable foundation.”
February 22, 2006
Barbra ... Out & About
Barbra Streisand spent Valentine's day running various errands around Beverly Hills. The singer/actress first went to a doctor's office with a friend before heading off to Hideaway House Antiques on Robertson Boulevard where she wisely parked in the back alley avoiding the paparazzi that hang out on the popular street, and then spent 30 minutes going over fabrics, patterns and various other designs with the store owner until her husband James Brolin arrived and then she went into the store and spent several hours browsing.
'Barbra Streisand Album' Inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame
Congratulations to Barbra and the late Peter Matz! Her first album, The Barbra Streisand Album, has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Released in 1963, the album also won Barbra her first Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, Best Female Vocal Performance, and Album Cover (non-classical). Make sure to check out The Barbra Streisand Music Guide Album Directory for more information.
Also interesting to note is the fact that The Barbra Streisand Album was released after Columbia Records decided to abandon the live show they recorded and hoped to release as Streisand's first album.
The official press release is below ...
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 12, 2006) — The Recording Academy® announced the newest additions to its GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®, adding 25 recordings to a timeless list that now includes 684 titles. The Hall Of Fame serves as a celebration and reminder of the triumphs and achievements of the recording arts. Selections are drawn from all major categories of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Recording Academy has become renowned.
"This year's inductees represent an array of genres, including folk, blues, R&B, and country as well as musical shows," said Recording Academy President Neil Portnow. "The GRAMMY Hall of Fame is one of the Academy's most prized endeavors and it represents the most significant recorded musical masterpieces that have had a profound impact on our culture. They all greatly deserve to be commemorated."
GRAMMY Hall Of Fame selections include original cast recordings from musical shows Camelot and Hair, as well as show recordings of "Fascinating Rhythm" by Fred and Adele Astaire, "Ol' Man River" by Paul Robeson and "Yankee Doodle Boy" by Billy Murray. Recordings also chosen this year include B.B. King's Live At The Regal, the O'Jays' "Love Train," the Carter Family's "Keep On The Sunny Side," Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home, Bob Marley and the Wailers' Exodus,and Barbra Streisand's The Barbra Streisand Album. Other artists with selections include Jimmy Forrest, the Miracles, Anton Karas, Doc Watson, Bessie Smith, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
The Recording Academy's National Trustees established the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. Hall Of Fame recordings are reviewed annually by a special member committee of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts and final approval is made by Recording Academy Trustees. For more information about the Hall Of Fame or the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards (to be broadcast live on Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network), please visit www.grammy.com.
Barbra and James Spotted in Palm Springs ...
Barbra and husband James Brolin were spotted at Palm Springs' El Mirasol restaurant. Other celebrity columns report that she shopped on Palm Canyon Drive while visiting Palm Springs.
Local Barbra Events in the U.S.
BARBRA STREISAND: THE LEGACY COLLECTION: The Hollywood Museum, Los Angeles, CA [Open until January 31, 2006]
HELLO, DOLLY! 70mm Print [Jan. 13-15] at American Film Institute, Silver Theatre, Silver Spring, MD.
ALL ABOUT BARBRA Back Issues On Sale
ALL ABOUT BARBRA magazine is having a back issue sale. If you need to add to your collection, or have never bought an issue of this excellent Streisand-themed magazine (published in the UK since the mid-1980's), the back issue sale is exactly what you need! Here's where to find out more >>
Barbra TV Shows On PBS + Collectibles ...
Streisand fans may have caught "My Name is Barbra" on PBS during the Holiday pledge drives. Marvin Hamlisch, who played piano in the FUNNY GIRL Broadway orchestra pit, and later conducted Barbra's big concerts, appeared on camera and spoke about Streisand. PBS also auctioned a single-DVD (i.e. not one of the box sets) of "My Name is Barbra" for the $150 pledge level. The single-DVD came in a regular DVD case with black & white artwork on the cover. The PBS link contains a 4-page article on the 1965 special, with photos (and links to "Barbra-Archives" and "Barbra Streisand Music Guide"!)
The Ultimate DVD Box From the Ultimate Entertainer Goes 5 Times Platinum in Just Over One Month
BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/04/2006 -- The five Barbra Streisand early career TV specials, which confirmed for critics and the public alike that she would be the music world's most legendary female entertainer for decades to come, have just gone five times platinum -- in just over one month after their release prior to Thanksgiving.
Streisand & Brolin Inspire Songwriter
Songwriter Diane Warren told the press that the theme song to the movie "Armageddon" ("I Don't Want To Miss A Thing"), which was a hit for the group Aerosmith was inspired by Barbra Streisand! Ms. Warren said: "I saw some of the scenes, especially in the end where Bruce Willis' character dies. It was very touching. So I wrote 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing.' I'd had the idea because I heard something that James Brolin said about Barbara Streisand, that he didn't want to go to sleep because he'd miss her. I kept that idea in my mind."