Exclusive Video Premiere: Barbra Streisand Sings “Fifty Percent” from Ballroom

News   Exclusive Video Premiere: Barbra Streisand Sings “Fifty Percent” from Ballroom Go inside the studio with the music icon in this video exclusive from the Deluxe Target Edition of her upcoming album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.
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Set for an August 26 release, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, marks Streisand’s third album dedicated to songs from the musical theatre canon, having previously released The Broadway Album and Back to Broadway in 1985 and 1993, respectfully, both of which went multi-platinum.

In addition to the 10-track standard release of Encore, Target will issue an exclusive 14-track deluxe version of the album that includes several show-stopping, dramatic songs, which fans have been waiting to hear Streisand record.

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Along with the wistful ballad “I Didn't Know What Time It Was” from Too Many Girls, the bonus material includes “Not a Day Goes By” from Merrily We Roll Along, the Follies torch song “Losing My Mind,” and the powerhouse eleven o’clock number from Ballroom, “Fifty Percent.”

Originally directed and choreographed on Broadway by Michael Bennett, the short-lived 1978 musical Ballroom was based on the 1975 television movie Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, which starred Maureen Stapleton as Bea, a lonely widow who begins an affair with a married man she meets at a local dance hall.

Dorothy Loudon originated the role on Broadway, and introduced the poignant and powerful show-stopper “Fifty Percent,” which was written by composer Billy Goldenberg, and the lyric-writing team of Marilyn and Alan Bergman. The show lasted only 127 performances, but “Fifty Percent” has endured.

The Bergmans have revised a handful of their original lyrics for Streisand, who puts her own stamp on the material, creating an introductory scene of her own that illustrates the moment leading up to the song. Joining Streisand for the scene is her husband, actor James Brolin.

LISTEN TO “FIFTY PERCENT” FROM BALLROOM

Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway also includes duets with Hollywood stars, including Alec Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Seth MacFarlane, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Pine, Daisy Ridley, Patrick Wilson, and a virtual duet with Anthony Newley.

The track listing for the Deluxe Target Exclusive follows:

1. “At The Ballet” (with Anne Hathaway & Daisy Ridley)
2. “Loving You” (with Patrick Wilson)
3. “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)” (with Anthony Newley)
4. “Any Moment Now” (with Hugh Jackman)
5. “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” (Target Exclusive)
6. “The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened” (with Alec Baldwin)
7. “Not A Day Goes By” (Target Exclusive)
8. “Anything You Can Do” (with Melissa McCarthy)
9. “Fifty Percent” (Target Exclusive)
10. “I’ll Be Seeing You/I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face” (with Chris Pine)
11. “Losing My Mind” (Target Exclusive)
12. “Pure Imagination” (with Seth MacFarlane)
13. “Take Me To The World” (with Antonio Banderas)
14. “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” (with Jamie Foxx)

Pre-order the Deluxe Target Edition of the album here.

The album’s release coincides with Streisand’s nine-city concert tour Barbra: The Music, The Mem’ries, the Magic!, which launched August 2 in Los Angeles. The Grammy, Tony, Emmy and Oscar winner performs hits from each decade of her career as well as tunes from her latest album. Special guest stars in each city join her. For tour stops, click here.

Fans can pre-order Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway now on iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at the Barbra Streisand Music Store. Those who pre-order the album online will receive the instant track, “At The Ballet,” featuring Streisand with Anne Hathaway and Daisy Ridley, available streaming or via download. The song is also available to purchase as a single.

The standard edition of Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway will also be released on vinyl.

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