Rob Marshall Produces and Directs NBC "Tony Bennett" Special; Barbra Streisand, Elton John Appear

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"Chicago" film director Rob Marshall will produce and direct NBC's upcoming music special "Target Presents Tony Bennett: An American Classic," slated to air Nov. 21.
Barbra Streisand
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The hour-long special salute will be broadcast Nov. 21 at 8 PM (ET). Check your local listings. Broadway Funny Girl Barbra Streisand will join Bennett on a duet of "Smile," and The Lion King composer Elton John will sing "Rags to Riches" with the music legend. Other performances will 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," reveals an NBC announcement.

Before Marshall's film success, 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.

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