Barbra Streisand — one of the greatest living legends of the screen, stage and recording studio — returns in 2016 with a tour and new album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, her longtime manager Marty Erlichman announced today (May 16).
The new album tips to her inestimable contributions to Broadway and Hollywood by pairing Streisand “with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars to sing Broadway classics,” according to the press release.
The 2016 tour will see Streisand hitting nine cities, starting in Los Angeles on Aug. 2, working through her native Brooklyn for two dates on Aug. 11 & 13, and wrapping in Toronto on Aug. 23 (full tour dates below). Streisand’s live performances are as revered as they are scarce. Her last tour was 2012’s Back to Brooklyn, a celebrated run featuring songs from a storied career that has seen Streisand become the only artist to notch No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 in six separate decades.
Tickets for all shows go on sale May 25, although American Express card members can purchase tickets in the U.S. on May 18-22, and in Toronto on May 19-22 (check local listings for more details). Those who purchase tickets online will receive a CD copy of Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, which will come out after the tour wraps but before the end of the year.
The LP — incredibly, her 35th studio album — finds Barbra in her element with Great White Way standards. Not only did her career start on Broadway in the early ’60s with two Tony-nominated performances, but her 1985 LP The Broadway Album is one of the biggest and best of her recording career.
While the album’s movie star duet partners haven’t been announced, we’re wondering if one of her singing partners comes from a galaxy far, far away. Two months ago, Star Wars: The Force Awakens lead Daisy Ridley revealed on Instagram that she and Streisand recorded a song together.
Streisand’s last album, 2014’s No. 1-peaking Partners, featured the EGOT legend singing with music world hitmakers.
Barbra Streisand 2016 Tour Dates
August 2 Los Angeles Staples Center
August 4 San Jose SAP Center at San Jose
August 6 Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena
August 9 Chicago United Center
August 11, 13 Brooklyn Barclays Center
August 16 Boston TD Garden
August 18 Washington D.C. Verizon Center
August 20 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
August 23 Toronto Air Canada Centre