Columbia Records will release a double-CD of Streisand's acclaimed tour Dec. 19, according to a Columbia spokesperson. The recording will be drawn from the singing actress' recent engagements in Philadelphia and New York. Among the songs included in the new tour — which is co-directed by Streisand and Richard Jay-Alexander and conducted by William Ross — are "The Way We Were," "Unusual Way," "Starting Here, Starting Now," "Down with Love," "When the Sun Comes Out," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Somewhere" and "The Music of the Night" as well as several tunes from Funny Girl. Barbra Streisand starred on Broadway in I Can Get It for You Wholesale and Funny Girl, earning Tony Award nominations for both performances. She received a 1970 Special Tony Award. The actress, composer and director has won two Academy Awards: for Best Actress in a Leading Role in "Funny Girl" and for Best Music, Original Song (with Paul Williams) for the "A Star Is Born" song "Evergreen." Her most recent CD is titled "Guilty Pleasures." Streisand last toured the U.S. in 1994; she also played concerts in Los Angeles and New York in 2001.
Five Barbra Streisand television specials — spanning the years 1965 to 1973 — were recently released in a DVD package set on the WEA/Warners label. "Barbra Streisand: The Television Specials" include "My Name Is Barbra" (1965), "Color Me Barbra" (1966), "The Belle of 14th Street" (1967), "Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park" (1968) and "Barbra Streisand . . . And Other Musical Instruments" (1973).
Streisand's current tour will conclude in Los Angeles Nov. 20. For more information about Streisand 2006 Tour with Special Guest Il Divo, click here.