Broadway classics with the stars on Streisand's new album

Barbra Streisand is scheduled to tour North America in August.
Barbra Streisand is scheduled to tour North America in August.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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

She revealed the album, titled 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 is her first US tour in nearly four years.

The tour will take her to nine cities with two dates in her native Brooklyn, at Barclays Center where Streisand, 74, was one of the arena's opening attractions in October 2012.

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".

Just two months ago, Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley posted an Instagram photo of herself with Streisand in a recording studio, in a big hint that they had recorded a song together.

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 in film and music.

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

With that album, she 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 singer has performed sparingly since a tour across North American and Europe in 2012-2013.

Tickets for her latest tour will go on sale on May 25, although tickets will be available to American Express customers in the US early, starting today.

According to the announcement by Streisand's long-time manager Marty Erlichman, online ticket buyers will receive a copy of Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, NEW YORK TIMES

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2016, with the headline 'Broadway classics with the stars on Streisand's new album'. Print Edition | Subscribe