With the permission of Streisand and her longtime manager Marty Erlichman, the internationally acclaimed artist becomes the eighth member of the Broadway Legends series, joining Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon.
For the Broadway Legends collection, the six-inch-tall glass ornament was designed exclusively for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS by artist Glen Hanson with the Christopher Radko Company. To purchase the limited edition ornament, visit broadwaycares.org.
“Barbra Streisand is, simply, a legend, our ‘greatest star’ and Broadway’s all-time greatest export,” said Tom Viola, executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, in a statement. “Not only is she an extraordinary actress, director, singer, writer, composer, producer, designer, author and photographer, Barbra Streisand is a champion for the most vulnerable among us. She’s long been a generous and true friend to Broadway Cares and we’re delighted to welcome her to the Broadway Legends collection of stars known by their first names.”
Streisand is the only artist ever to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts and Peabody Awards and France’s Légion d'Honneur as well as the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
Streisand made her Broadway debut—and received her first Tony Award nomination—in 1962 for her comedic portrayal of Miss Marmelstein in I Can Get It For You Wholesale. She was then signed to play the great comedienne Fanny Brice in the Broadway production of Funny Girl. Her performance won her a second Tony nomination. In 1970 she was honored with a special Tony Award as “Star of the Decade.” In the series of Legends, three are still available in limited quantities: Liza Minnelli in The Act, Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady and Gwen Verdon in Sweet Charity.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.