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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Hello Gorgeous! A Salute to the Streisand Songbook

**A great opportunity for Barbra fans who will be in New York for one of Barbra's Brooklyn shows next month. This tribute show will play the evening between both shows**

One-Night-Only Concert
Hello Gorgeous! A Salute to the Streisand Songbook
to Benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS 
on Oct 12th in New York City

As New York City celebrates the return of everyone's favorite Funny Girl as she delivers two sold-out concerts in Brooklyn, the worlds of Broadway, TV, cabaret and the recording industry will come together to salute the Streisand Songbook at this one-night-only concert to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (www.BroadwayCares.org) on Friday, October 12th, (the night in between Barbra's shows) at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.
  • Acclaimed singer/actress LORNA LUFT 
  • Multi-award winning singer/songwriter ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY
  • Drama Desk Award nominee ASHLEY BROWN (Mary Poppins), 
  • TITUSS BURGESS (30 Rock, The Little Mermaid), 
  • NICK ADAMS (Priscilla: Queen of the Desert), 
  • VON SMITH (Opening Act on E!), 
  • SAYCON SENGBLOH (Wicked, The Color Purple), 
  • MARTY THOMAS (Xanadu, Wicked), 
  • ERIN QUILL (Avenue Q), 
  • NATALIE TORO (A Tale of Two Cities), 
  • KRISTY CATES (Wicked), 
  • NATALIE JOY JOHNSON (Legally Blonde), 
  • JIM CARUSO ("Cast Party" at Birdland), 
  • STEVEN BRINBERG(Simply Barbra)
  • Recording artist KELLY KING. 
  • The evening will be hosted by award-winning TV personality SCOTT NEVINS(from truTV's hit show The World's Dumbest)
  • BRAD GARDNER as music director.
  • VIP ticket (includes premium seating and VIP after-part): $125     
  • Orchestra:  $65 
  • Balcony:    $25

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

All The Latest Barbra News!


First Clip from "The Guilt Trip" Released!

It's been a long time coming - but finally, here is a short teaser from Barbra's new movie "The Guilt Trip" which opens Christmas Day.

Barbra Sits Down With Katie Couric.

Barbra's interview with Katie Couric aired in the USA and Canada yesterday.

Barbra revealed some VERY exciting tidbits... including the fact that she will duet with son Jason Gould at the Brooklyn concerts next month. Who knew he could sing? She also revealed Jason will be a duet partner on her next album... an album of duets. She threw a few more names into the mix, of who she might like to sing with... Andrea Bocelli... John Legend.. Usher... Keith Urban to name a few. Babyface Edmonds will produce.

Barbra also revealed that she will perform "By The Way" from 'Lazy Afternoon' during the tour... along with some of the more "obscure" songs from her career... and songs that she has never before performed live.

There was a significant portion of the interview dedicated to "Heart Disease" - something Barbra has really thrown her energy into recently. Dr Noel Bairey Merz joined Barbra for part of the interview too. Definitely worth checking out the clips of them both on the Katie website (see link below).

For those of you who missed it, there is a page of video clips from the interview here: 

Barbra's Appearance on 'Katie' Sets New Record.

Barbra Streisand went to bat for Katie Couric and hit a homer. On Tuesday, the singer made a rare stop on daytime TV on Disney-ABC’s Katie and generated the show’s best rating since its premiere two weeks ago.

Katie averaged a 2.3 household rating and 7 share, up 21% from Katie’s Monday episode. Katie premiered to a 2.8/8 on Sept. 10.

On Tuesday, Katie ranked No. 1 in its time period in nine markets, including on KABC New York, where it was up 58% over last week’s average to a 3.0/9. On KABC Los Angeles, it was up 64% to a 2.3/7.
Katie’s best rating was in West Palm Beach, Fla., where it was up 93% from last week to a 5.8/15.

2nd LA Show Added to Tour.

Barbra has added a second night to the tour in Los Angeles. Barbra will now perform at The Hollywood Bowl on 11th November, as well as the previously announced 9th November.

Fan pre-sale begins Sept. 27 at 10 am ET at ticketmaster.com. Public on sale Oct. 1 at 10 am ET. Visit www.barbrastreisand.com for more information on the pre-sale.

(I'm flying out to see opening night in Philadelphia and both Brooklyn shows. Say hello if you see me!)

Playbill.com Premieres Track From New Album

Click below for an exclusive premiere or Barbra's performance of "How Are Things In Glocca Morra?/Heather On The Hill" from her upcoming album Release Me, coming October 9.

Video: Barbra Discusses Songs from "Release Me".

BarbraNews Special Report on the Marvin Hamlisch Tribute in New York.

CharityBuzz Auctions - Meet Barbra!

Want to meet Barbra backstage at one of her upcoming concerts? Now you can! There are special auctions running - with proceeds to The Streisand Foundation.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

First "Teaser" Video Released for Barbra's New Movie "The Guilt Trip".

Click here to view the teaser.

I am told the full length trailer will debut in October.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

A MusiCares Tribute To Barbra Streisand

On February 11, 2011, Barbra Streisand was honored as the MusiCares® Person of the Year. At a gala event in Los Angeles, Barbra and an all-star cast of guests including Tony Bennett, Faith Hill, Diana Krall, Barry Manilow, Seal, Stevie Wonder and more performed many of the songs she made famous throughout her illustrious career. On November 13th, Shout! Factory will release A MusiCares Tribute to Barbra Streisand, a collection of these never-before-seen performances on DVD and Blu-ray.

  •  Down With Love / Get Happy/ Make Someone Happy – Diana Krall
  •  Guilty – Seal Somewhere – Leona Lewis
  •  On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) / Lazy Afternoon – Herbie Hancock and Nikki Yanofsky
  •  My Man – Lea Michele Come Rain or Come Shine – Jeff Beck, LeAnn Rimes and BeBe Winans
  •  Send in the Clowns – Faith Hill
  •  One Less Bell to Answer / A House Is Not a Home– Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison
  •  Memory – Barry Manilow
  •  Smile – Tony Bennett
  •  People – Stevie Wonder featuring Arturo Sandoval
  •  Windmills of Your Mind – Barbra Streisand
  •  The Promise (I’ll Never Say Goodbye) – Barbra Streisand

Pre-order Musicares Tribute to Barbra Streisand [Blu-ray]

Pre-order Musicares Tribute to Barbra Streisand DVD

Friday, 21 September 2012

Barbra on "The Katie Couric Show"

Set those recorders!

Barbra will appear on The Katie Couric show on Tuesday 25th September at 3pm on ABC.

Check your listings for local times.

Streisand urges powerful NYers to join fight against women’s heart disease.

New York Post.

Barbra Streisand urged a room of powerful New York women — and a few men — to join the fight against women’s heart disease yesterday. The superstar joined Ronald Perelman at a lunch at the Four Seasons Restaurant to talk about their plan to improve diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in women.

She told a crowd that included Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tamara Mellon, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Debra Messing, Star Jones, Grace Hightower De Niro, Joy Bauer, Alina Cho, Gayle King and Donna Karan that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the US, and kills more women than all cancers combined, yet most research has been done on men.

Streisand said, “I can’t bear the inequality that exists when it comes to women. Women’s heart disease is no different. Surveys show that a very small percentage of research dollars spent in the United States focuses on the treatment of women with heart disease.” She talked of a doctor trying to grow the first human heart in a petri dish who found that only female stem cells worked: “The male cells got lost, and as we know with men — even male stem cells — they get lost and won’t ask for directions.”

Streisand, who earlier toured the Perelman Heart Institute at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, has raised millions for her namesake Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai in LA — making a $10 million donation then personally wrangling her wealthy friends including Perelman, Ralph Lauren, Sumner Redstone, Barry Diller and Michael Bloomberg to make large financial gifts.

Despite the serious discussion, many in the power crowd were clearly thrilled to meet Streisand, including “Will & Grace” star Messing, who arrived with a program from an early out-of-town production of “Funny Girl,” which Streisand happily leafed through, sighing, “Happy memories” before she signed it.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/heart_in_right_place_DIWq8ZhpVEas7aQfnXfKBN#ixzz276r52mcb

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Richard Jay-Alexander on QVC

For those of you who just missed Richard Jay-Alexander on QVC - don't worry! He will be making another appearance at 12pm Noon EST.

I've been told there will be a very special person calling in!

If you're outside the USA (like me) - you can watch online here: http://www.qvc.com/LiveShowDisplay

QVC are offering the 11 Track CD and Bonus DVD at a special price of $19.98 + shipping for today only.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

New Video Snippets from QVC DVD

"I Think It's Going To Rain Today": http://vimeo.com/49698203

"Home": http://broadwayworld.com/videoplay.php?colid=406340

A Report from the Marvin Hamlisch Tribute, last night, in New York City.

BarbraNews.com Exclusive Report

Last night, when Barbra walked onto the stage and looked up at Marvin's picture - before heading to the microphone - the audience could already sense that they were in for something very special. After Terre Hamlisch's (Marvin's widow) opening speech, and a number of performances of music from Marvin's career, Barbra was there to bring it all home... Back to Manhattan, where she and Marvin started their careers, but more specifically, at The Juilliard School, where Marvin had trained and where a scholarship fund has been set up in his honor. Attendees last night were urged to contribute to the fund.

 (For those of you who would like to contribute to the fund, the address is: Juilliard School Development Office. Attention: Riccardo Salmona. 60 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, ny 10023)

 Barbra proceeded to talk about her friend Marvin and elicited both laughter and tears. When she unexpectedly put the iconic favorite "The Way We Were" together with the theme from Ice Castles "Looking Through The Eyes Of Love" - with special lyrics - there wasn't a dry eye in the house, whether you were in the audience, or backstage. The way Barbra felt about Marvin was visibly apparent. Joe Torre, the former manager of the Yankees, who was in attendance last night, was surely thinking "She knocked it out of the ballpark!"

 Richard Jay-Alexander, who was there, told me, exclusively, "It was just one of those nights. You had to be there ... because whether it was the stars who were performing, or the fresh young faces from the upcoming musical "The Nutty Professor" ... you could just feel the love and admiration in the room.... and, of course, the loss. Mike Nichols put together a beautiful evening and everyone on both sides of the footlights were happy to be there and remember the "singular sensation." Special thanks to Richard Jay-Alexander.

Monday, 17 September 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Listen to Barbra Streisand's Previously Unreleased 'Home'

Among the more anticipated tracks on Barbra Streisand's upcoming album Release Me is "Home," her soaring, up-tempo take on the anthem from the musical The Wiz.

"...while listening to her powerful 25-year-old vocals on the track, Streisand decided to re-record the bass, drums, and piano in order to fully realize the potential of the more uptempo arrangement of the popular standard, which serves as a sort of answer to "(Somewhere) Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz, the source material for the 1974 musical. Streisand, a noted perfectionist, even enlisted the same three musicians who had played on the original session for the song to maintain continuity."

Click here to listen to the song.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Richard Jay-Alexander Returning to QVC.

Barbra Streisand's longtime collaborator Richard Jay- Alexander is scheduled to appear on QVC® Thursday, September 20 at 7 AM and noon (ET) to offer the singer’s  upcoming album "Release Me," which has been specially packaged with a bonus DVD for the multimedia retailer. 

The album features 11 previously unreleased songs recorded throughout Streisand's career.  

The DVD is a track-by-track commentary from Barbra filmed in August and also features archival footage of Streisand in the studio. 

"Release Me," with the bonus DVD, will be available beginning September 20 through QVC at800.345.1515 or www.QVC.com, while supplies last.

Broadwayworld.com have the exclusive "first look" at the DVD cover art (A gorgeous shot from the Lazy Afternoon album (1975) - and a shot from inside Barbra's vault!

Click here to view the cover art for the DVD.

Richard Jay-Alexander has appeared numerous times over the last few years. Here he is in 2009 for Barbra's "Love Is The Answer" CD:

Thursday, 13 September 2012

CharityBuzz Auction: Meet the Incomparable Barbra Streisand in Philadelphia, New York or Chicago.

CharityBuzz Auction: Meet the Incomparable Barbra Streisand in Philadelphia, New York or Chicago.

Meet the Incomparable Barbra Streisand at one of four forthcoming concerts, with 2 top level house seat tickets included. These amazing tickets are not available through Ticketmaster.

The following shows are included:
  • Meet the Incomparable Barbra Streisand on Monday, October 8 with 2 Top Level House Tickets to her Wells Fargo Center Show in Philadelphia
  • Meet the Incomparable Barbra Streisand on Thursday, October 11 with 2 Top Level House Tickets to her Barclays Center Show in Brooklyn, NY
  • Meet the Incomparable Barbra Streisand on Saturday, October 13 with 2 Top Level House Tickets to her Barclays Center Show in Brooklyn, NY
  • Meet the Incomparable Barbra Streisand on Friday, October 26 with2 Top Level House Tickets to her United Center Show in Chicago, IL
Click here to bid on one of these exciting auctions:


Terms: Includes 2 top level house seats and Backstage access with a brief meet & greet with Barbra Streisand. Photo with Ms. Streisand is NOT guaranteed. Exact seats to be determined. Winning bidder and guest(s) subject to security screening. Cannot be returned or exchanged. Cannot be resold or re-auctioned. Travel and accommodations are not included.

Barbra Adds 3 More Dates to Tour

Barbra has added the following dates to her US/Canada Tour:

  • Las Vegas. November 2nd. MGM Grand. 
  • San Jose. November 5th. HP Pavilion. 
  • Los Angeles. November 9th. Hollywood Bowl. 

 There will be a special fan pre-sale.

 Keep checking www.barbrastreisand.com/us for updates on pre-sale dates/times.

 As always - wishing you all the very best in purchasing tickets!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

A Salute to the Streisand Songbook

The one-night-only concert Hello Gorgeous! A Salute to the Streisand Songbook, presented by Scott Nevins and Joe Lodato and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will take place on Friday, October 12.

Read the article here: http://broadwayworld.com/article/Lorna-Luft-Nick-Adams-and-More-Set-for-HELLO-GORGEOUS-Streisand-Concert-to-Benefit-BCEFA-1012-20120912#ixzz26HEedaRR

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.