VIDEO: Barbra Streisand Honored as 'Star Of The Decade' at 1970 Tony Awards
As reported by BroadwayWorld, legendary EGOT and show business icon Barbra Streisand will be a presenter at the 2016 Tony Awards, returning to the Tony Awards stage for the first time since 1970, The telecast will broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City, on the CBS television network, Sunday, June 12th, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay). The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
Barbra Streisand received Tony nominations for both of her Broadway appearances, the first coming in 1962 for her performance as overworked secretary Miss Marmelstein in the musical drama of the 1930s garment industry, I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE. The musical's leading man was her future husband, Elliot Gould.
At first, the character had just one big song, the second act solo "Miss Marmelstein," where Streisand stopped the show regularly with comical complaints about the formal way her co-workers continually address her, but after her audition, composer/lyricist Harold Rome started fattening up her supporting part with featured moments during group numbers.
The Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Award that season went to Phyllis Newman, as the southern belle beauty queen who spent most of SUBWAYS ARE FOR SLEEPING wearing just a towel. Nominations also went to Barbara Harris for the sketch comedy musical revue FROM THE SECOND CITY and Elizabeth Allen for THE GAY LIFE.
Streisand's legendary return to Broadway in FUNNY GIRL earned a 1964 Best Leading Actress In a Musical nomination. First titled "My Man," the stage biography of Fanny Brice was planned as a vehicle for Anne Bancroft, but after hearing the demanding music composed by Jule Styne she decided the project wasn't for her.
The Tony Awards were modest affairs in the early 1960s without performances from the nominated shows. The only previous time Streisand took the stage during a Tony ceremony, as seen in the video below, was in 1970, when David Frost presented her with a special award as "Star Of The Decade."
Though she hadn't appeared on Broadway since leaving FUNNY GIRL, Frost noted in his introduction how her work in the film versions of FUNNY GIRL, HELLO, DOLLY! and the upcoming ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER and THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT, combined with her dedication to prominently featuring musical theatre songs in her recordings and television appearances, has helped expose millions to the magic of Broadway.