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VIDEOS: Barbra Streisand's Broadway! Part Two: The 1970s


Barbra Streisand's "ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway" album will debut on August 26th, 2016, featuring 10 new Streisand duets of Broadway classics with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. The inspired new musical pairings on "ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway" include Alec Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman,Seth MacFarlane, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Pine, Daisy Ridley, Patrick Wilson, and a spectacular virtual duet with Anthony Newley.

Fans can pre-order "ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway" now at Amazon, Apple Music or the Barbra Streisand Music Store.

In celebration of Barbra Streisand's commitment to singing and recording the great songs of Broadway, BroadwayWorld presents a six-part decade-by-decade video series sampling the legendary artist's performances of musical theatre classics.

Barbra Streisand's Broadway! Part Two: The 1970s:

Barbra Streisand was unquestionably the top emerging star of the 1960s, and in 1970 she received a special Tony Award as "Star Of The Decade," recognizing her efforts to popularize Broadway songs in her recordings, live and televised appearances and starring roles in the film versions of FUNNY GIRL and HELLO, DOLLY!

That year she appeared in the film version of Broadway's ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, and Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane's title song became a part of her concert repertoire.

It was inevitable that the greatest songwriters of the decade were anxious to have Barbra Streisand record their songs, and her first albums of the 1970s focused on more contemporary numbers. But in 1973, her television special "Barbra Streisand... and Other Musical Instruments," featured the George and Ira Gershwin classic, "I Got Rhythm," from GIRL CRAZY, an avant-garde arrangement of Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz's 1937, "By Myself," from BETWEEN THE DEVIL and Richard Rodgers' "The Sweetest Sounds," from the only Broadway score for which he wrote both music and lyrics, NO STRINGS.

Her 1975 album, "Lazy Afternoon," was named for the luscious ballad from John La Touche and Jerome Moross underappreciated 1954 cult favorite, THE GOLDEN APPLE.

That same year Streisand starred in "Funny Lady," the long-anticipated movie sequel to "Funny Girl." Although Broadway's John Kander and Fred Ebb contributed new songs for the occasion, the score also included Broadway originals like Vincent Youmans, Billy Rose and Edward Eliscu's "More Than You Know," from 1929's GREAT DAY and Ben Oakland and Jack Murray's "If I Love Again," from 1933's HOLD YOUR HORSES.

Her 1978 album "Songbird" opened with Broadway's newest hit anthem, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin's "Tomorrow," from ANNIE. In a 1978 televised special celebrating Israel's 30th birthday, she performed the number backed by conductor Zubin Mehta and the LA Philharmonic.

Barbra Streisand closed out the decade with her 1979 concept album, "Wet," which included Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's great ST. LOUIS WOMAN standard, "Come Rain or Come Shine."

Tomorrow: Barbra Streisand's Broadway! Part Three: The 1980s.

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