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Thursday, 23 September 2010

Barbra in New York!

USA - 5th Important Dinner for Women

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Deborra-Lee Jackman, Donna Karan, Barbra Streisand and Glenda Bailey attend the 5th annual Important Dinner for Women hosted by HM Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Wendi Murdoch and Indra Nooyi in order to achieve the millennium development goal for girls and woman at the Mandarin Oriental, New York on September 20, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman).

Friday, 17 September 2010

Playbill.com Article on Marty Erlichman.

By Blake Ross -- Playbill.com

Many moons ago, when I was first getting started in PR, I was given the chance of a lifetime when my former boss, PR honcho Ken Sunshine, said five little words that would change me forever: “You wanna work for Streisand?”

Wanna? Do I “wanna” work for the greatest living legend in all of showbiz? Now, that was a dumb question.

“Ummm…yeah!” I said.

“Good. Be on a call in ten minutes. It’s with Marty,” he warned, “and let me do the talking.” A fair warning — I am of the loquacious variety (to say the least).

I hadn’t yet met Marty but, like Cher and Madonna, no last name was required. I knew who “Marty” was — he was, and still is, Barbra’s manager. And if Marty Erlichman don’t like you — you ain’t working with Barbra. So I knew I had to be on my best behavior.

I remember Ken’s introduction on that faithful call: “Marty, this is Blake. She’ll be helping with tour stuff.” (Mind you, this was in 2006 when we were launching Barbra’s first multi-city national tour in over a decade). I followed orders to be say little and muttered a swift “Hello.”

“How are you? It’s nice to meet you, Blake. How long have you been working for Kenny?” Marty responded warmly. “Fine. A few years.” (Again, keeping it short and sweet.) But Marty would hear nothing of it. He engaged me in a short banter about growing up in New York and other assorted chit chat. He ended our conversation with, “So Blake, are you ready?” I answered “yes” even though I knew the answer was more like “maybe.”

From that phone call, I embarked on what would be a few of the most exciting years of my life working and learning from Marty, Barbra and the rest of the team. Don’t get me wrong, it was hard work, but well worth it. After a tough day at the “office” (whatever venue we played that night) Marty would hold court at the hotel bar, buying everyone drinks, regaling us with backstage stories from his years in show biz.

This past weekend, Barbra threw Marty a party at her Malibu home to celebrate his 80th (well, really 81st) birthday and their upcoming 50-year relationship as manager and star, friends and confidants. Barbra’s gift to Marty? A Mercedes hybrid.

Friends including Don Rickles, Michael Eisner, George Foreman, Clive Davis and others were there, all sharing stories about the man of the hour. Marty’s family, wife Miko and son JJ, were also present.

Barbra gave a performance of Ray Noble’s “The Very Thought of You” commenting that he “always wanted me to record [it], but I just never did.” She then sang a special impromptu version of “The Way We Were” with none other than Marvin Hamlisch accompanying her. She and the song’s original co-writers Alan and Marilyn Bergman had some fun with the lyrics:


With your dwindling role o’dimes,
Making deals and making phone calls, (a reference to Marty’s first office–a phone booth on 53rd and 7th Ave and calls only cost a dime)
You knew that there’d be better times!
You booked and then you, would check the venue
I only checked the menu
That’s the way we were!”
In his signature style, Marty made a quick comment about the affair: “What an evening. There are five lawyers, three agents, three promoters and no doctors.” He addressed the 100 people in attendance to say: “You know I still love it… I wake up every morning and attack each day.”

Happy Birthday, Marty. Here’s to many more!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Josh Brolin on Barbra.

On his dad's marriage to Barbra Streisand: "The fact that he got together with her and found this solace is such a coup and so wonderful. The guy was so frigging unhappy and lonely. She's always like, 'Come over. We'll have cake or cocktails or soup or ice cream.' I love her and I love what they've created together. I say thank God for her. I grew up with country and western, not her music, so I think she loved it when I said, 'So you're a singer, huh?' When she invited me to her first concert in more than 20 years and she opened her mouth, it was unearthly, from a different galaxy, like Billie Holiday, like Sarah Vaughan."

Barbra throws 81st Birthday Bash for Marty Erlichman.

On Saturday night, September 11, 2010 Barbra Streisand hosted a party at her Malibu home to celebrate the birthday of her long-time manager, Marty Erlichman and the pair's 50 years of working together.

Originally scheduled to take place last year for Erlichman's 80th Birthday, the party was delayed when the two got busy with Streisand's top of the charts release of Love is the Answer and her performance at New York's Village Vanguard and was instead celebrated the night before his 81st birthday.

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Cover Art for New European Hits Package.

The Ultimate Collection - The Deluxe Edition is in a beautiful gifting clamshell box. Inside the clamshell is 4 beautifully designed images of Barbra Streisand which she has cleared exclusively for this product.

Thursday, 9 September 2010


Universal Home Video will release MEET THE FOCKERS on Blu-ray this November 30th.

This will be Barbra's second movie to be released in High Definition. The disc will also feature English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (for all you 'technicological' * people)


• Bloopers

• Inside The Litter Box: Behind-The-Scenes With Jinx The Cat

• The Manary Gland

• Fockers' Family Portrait

• The Adventures Of A Baby Wrangler

• Matt Lauer Meets The Fockers

• Feature Commentary With Director Jay Roach and Editor/Co-Producer Jon Poll

• Pocket BLU

• Social BLU
*If you don't get my joke -- watch 'The Making of the Broadway Album' DVD!!
Click here to PRE-ORDER.

New UK Album Coming October.

Following powerful sales of Barbra Streisand’s most recent album, “Love Is The Answer,” a number one hit in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom and with high rankings in virtually all other countries, Sony will release “Barbra – The Ultimate Collection” for international release October 25. The new CD will comprise 18 of the artist’s greatest recordings. The selections are drawn from hits that over half a century have become classics transcending all borders.
Included in the “Ultimate” track list are: Woman In Love , Evergreen, The Way We Were, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Guilty, No More Tears (Enough Is Enough,) Don’t Rain On My Parade, Memory, Papa, Can you Hear Me?, As If We Never Said Goodbye, Tell Him, Stranger In A Strange Land, I've Dreamed Of You, Send In The Clowns, People, Smile, In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning and Somewhere.

Barbra Streisand's career has been marked by bold creative achievements and highlighted by a series of firsts. An unparalleled talent, Streisand is the only artist ever to receive Oscar®, Tony®, Emmy®, GRAMMY, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe®, National Medal of Arts, and Peabody awards, as well as France's Legion d'Honneur and the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors and next February will be honoured with the MusiCares Person Of The Year award.

Streisand is the only performer to have a No. 1 album in five consecutive decades. She earned 51 gold, 30 platinum and 18 multi-platinum albums, each of which exceeds all other female singers, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. The RIAA also notes that her 71.5 million album sales top the RIAA list of album sales by a female singer. With the debut of Love Is The Answer at No. 1 in 2009, the time span between her first and most recent No. 1 albums is 46 years — exceeding that of any other performer.


1. Woman In Love

2. Evergreen

3. The Way We Were

4. You Don’t Bring Me Flowers

5. Guilty

6. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)

7. Don’t Rain On My Parade

8. Memory

9. Papa, Can you Hear Me?

10. As If We Never Said Goodbye

11. Tell Him

12. Stranger In A Strange Land

13. I’ve Dreamed Of You

14. Send In The Clowns

15. People

16. Smile

17. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning

18. Somewhere

Barbra Attends 'Women Making History' Luncheon.

Barbra Streisand receives an Award at The Women Making History luncheon. Senator Boxer presented the award to Barbra and to Senator Dianne Feinstein.

BarbraNews Shop + Review of 2006 Tour.

USA * Canada * UK/Europe
Click here for the European Tour Website from 2007
Click here to read our SPECIAL review of the 2006 Tour -- Excellent pictures.