Barbra Streisand and Elton John Sing on Marshall-Directed "Tony Bennett: An American Classic"

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Barbra Streisand and Elton John join in the performances on "Tony Bennett: An American Classic," Nov. 21 on NBC. Stage and film director Rob Marshall (Cabaret, "Chicago") produced and directed the NBC music special.

The hour-long special salute will be broadcast Nov. 21 at 8 PM (ET). Check your local listings.

Broadway Funny Girl Streisand joins Bennett on a duet of "Smile," while The Lion King composer Elton John sings "Rags to Riches" with the music legend. Other performances include "For Once In My Life" with Stevie Wonder, "Sing You Sinners" with John Legend, "The Best Is Yet to Come" with Diana Krall, "Because of You" with k.d. lang and trumpeter Chris Botti, "Just in Time" with Michael Bublé, "The Shadow of Your Smile" with Juanes and "Steppin' Out With My Baby" with Christina Aguilera.

John Travolta, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Robert DeNiro, Bruce Willis and Billy Crystal are also slated to appear, narrating memorable milestones from Bennett's life. "Set amongst the backdrops of different eras from Bennett's career, performances will include duets of his most memorable songs as well as spectacular dance numbers. Each musical performance is shot as a short movie," states an NBC announcement.

Before Marshall's film success ("Chicago," "Memoirs of a Geisha"), he served as the choreographer on Broadway's Kiss of the Spider Woman and the revivals of Damn Yankees, She Loves Me, Cabaret and Little Me. His previous television work includes the 1999 small screen version of Annie and the 2001 Kennedy Center Honors and choreography on "Victor/Victoria," "Mrs. Santa Claus" and "Cinderella."

The "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" production team includes production designer John Myrhe, costume designer Colleen Atwood, cinematographer Dion Beebe and choreographer John DeLuca. Marshall ("Memoirs of a Geisha"), DeLuca ("Chicago") and Danny Bennett ("Tony Bennett Live by Request: An All-Star Tribute") serve as executive producers on the show produced by RPM TV Productions, Inc. For more information, visit nbc.com/Tony_Bennett.

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