Barbra Streisand to tour, teams up with film stars for Broadway album

Barbra Streisand performing at the 85th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California on Feb 24, 2013.
Barbra Streisand performing at the 85th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California on Feb 24, 2013.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Barbra Streisand, one of the most enduring United States entertainers, on Monday announced a new album featuring duets of Broadway musical numbers with Hollywood stars.

She revealed the album, entitled Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, as she scheduled a tour of North American arenas throughout August in which she will perform some of the songs.

The tour will start on Aug 2, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and continue through Aug 23, at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

It will take her to nine cities with two dates in her native Brooklyn.

Her management in a statement did not reveal the release date of the album or her collaborators but said she would sing Broadway classics with "some of Hollywood's biggest stars."

It will be the third album of Broadway classics by Streisand, who had her start on the New York stage before becoming a leading force both in film and music.

Her last album Partners came out in 2014 and consisted of duets with an all-male lineup that included Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie.

With that album, Streisand became the first artist to reach No. 1 on the Billboard chart in each of the past six decades, starting in 1964, when People, her fourth album, made it to the top.

The 74-year-old singer has performed sparingly since a tour across North American and Europe in 2012-13.