Theatre folk are having their say on Barbra Streisand's new album, "A Love Like Ours," released this week on the Sony/Columbia label.
Ann Hampton Callaway (of Broadway's aborning Swing!), Tony Award-winning orchestrator Doug Besterman (Fosse), Bob Merrill and Jule Styne (Funny Girl), Tom Snow (Footloose), Marvin Hamlisch (The Goodbye Girl, They're Playing Our Song) and the Gershwins all play a part in the new disc of romantic tunes, apparently inspired by Streisand's marriage to James Brolin.
Streisand's fiercely loyal fans have followed her career from her days singing in boites to Broadway's I Can Get It For You Wholesale and Funny Girl to the film of "Hello, Dolly!" and into her pop music and non-musical film career.
The theatre angle on the new 12-track disc? It's not as show-tune heavy as her concert album, but she does enlist theatre writers and artists. To wit:
• "I've Dreamed of You" was written by Rolf Lovland and Callaway ("The Nanny" theme).
• George and Ira Gershwin penned "Isn't It a Pity" (it's from the musical, Pardon My English)
• Besterman contributed orchestrations and conducted Steve Dorff and Stephony Smith's "It Must Be You"
• Besterman also wrote additional orchestrations and conducted "Just One Lifetime" by Melissa Manchester and Tom Snow (Footloose), for which Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line) arranged the intro and ending.
• Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, who gave Streisand her first leading-lady Broadway score to sing in Funny Girl, are represented by "The Music That Makes Me Dance," from the same show. -- By Kenneth Jones