Barbra Streisand, who last year became the only recording artist to achieve #1 albums in each of six decades, will take her legendary live performances to nine US cities in August, it was announced today by her long time manager Marty Erlichman. Streisand will perform her hits from each decade plus songs from her forthcoming album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, celebrating a career of unparalleled creative achievement.
The best-selling female recording artist in history, Streisand partners with some of Hollywood's biggest stars to sing Broadway classics on her upcoming album. Following the release of her 2014 #1 ARIA, platinum accredited album Partners, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway is Streisand's third and long-awaited Broadway album. Streisand released The Broadway Album and Back To Broadway in 1985 and 1993, respectively, both of which went multi-platinum.
With the longest span of number one albums in history, Streisand has recorded 52 gold, 31 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in her career. She is the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling Artists list, an honour which includes fellow duet partners Elvis Presley and Billy Joel. Streisand also has the longest span of number one albums in history, just under 50 years.
Streisand's last tour in 2012, Back To Brooklyn, highlighted an emotional return to performing in concert in her home borough for the first time since she was in grade school. Of the first of her Brooklyn shows, which helped inaugurate the brand new Barclays Center, The New York Times praised Streisand's 'spellbinding voice" and noted, 'Like few singers of any age, she has the gift of conveying a primal human longing in a beautiful sound." The Los Angeles Times said she 'put the audience immediately under the spell of her folksy grandiosity. Streisand ... isn't just a star " she's a world view, a style of being, an entire cosmology, with the highest possible thread-count sheets. You don't just come for the music; you come for the whole church service. The sermon, broken up into bits, is inseparable from the songs."
Following a North American run, the tour broke records throughout Europe, and culminated in two spine-tingling performances in Israel, thrilling crowds who 'loved her even before a perfectly-pitched note came out of her mouth," as described by Haaretz, 'and every note was, indeed perfect."
Widely recognised as an icon in multiple entertainment fields, Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor, concert performer, producer, director, author and songwriter. Streisand has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys plus two special Grammys, a special Tony award in 1970, and two CableACE Awards – the only artist to receive honours in all of those fields of endeavour. Streisand received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama this past November. Her many other honours include the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Medal, three Peabody Awards and the French Légion d'Honneur. She is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
Streisand is a devoted philanthropist who works tirelessly to fight for what she believes in. A woman of action, Streisand founded The Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai, helping to raise awareness and push research into women's heart disease, the leading cause of death among women.