Streisand's Television Specials to Be Released on DVD; "Great Performances" to Air, Too

News   Streisand's Television Specials to Be Released on DVD; "Great Performances" to Air, Too Five Barbra Streisand television specials — spanning the years 1965 to 1973 — will be released in a single DVD package next month.

On Nov. 22 "Barbra Streisand: The Television Specials" will arrive in stores on the WEA/Warners label. The DVDs 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).

Some of the concerts will also be aired on PBS stations. A Billboard advertisement says that Thirteen/WNET's "Great Performances" series will broadcast the Streisand specials in December.

"My Name is Barbra," which was filmed in black and white, features Streisand's renditions of "When the Sun Comes Out," "Don't Rain on My Parade" and "My Man." "Color Me Barbra" includes such tunes as "Let's Face the Music and Dance," "I Stayed Too Long at the Fair" and "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home." "Some of These Days," "How About Me?," "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" and "My Buddy" are just a few of the tunes heard on "The Belle of 14th Street." "Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park," filmed before an outdoor audience of 150,000, features Streisand singing "He Touched Me," "People," "Second Hand Rose" and "Happy Days Are Here Again." And, "Barbra Streisand . . . And Other Musical Instruments" features the singing actress with 150 musicians; it also includes a duet with Ray Charles on "Crying Time."

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."

For more information visit www.barbratvshows.com.