It’s not often that an entire episode of The Tonight Show is dedicated to one guest. But for a legend like Barbra Streisand, Jimmy Fallon can certainly make an exception. Streisand carried the Sept. 15 episode by herself, as she hyped her upcoming duets album Partners, out Sept. 16 via Sony.
Fallon first teamed with Streisand for an opening routine in which he shuffled through a series of show business standards — an Elvis-style wig, a cowboy hat, a classic tux — and tried his best to keep up with her classy charm. Then he introduced Streisand “one of the biggest stars in the history of show business” and insisted she sit in his desk for the interview session. Streisand, making her first non-cameo American talk show appearance in over 50 years, obliged, surmising out loud that she probably wouldn’t be able to pull off another five decade-wait.
Streisand chatted about reinterpreting standards on her new album with distinguished guests such as Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, and — thanks to some studio magic — Elvis Presley. She also touched on guesting on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and how stage fright kept her from performing music for 27 years.
Finally, Streisand one-upped her interview session and wrapped the night as the show’s musical guest. She jazzed her way through a stylish solo performance of “Come Rain or Come Shine” and though John Mayer accompanies her on the Partners version, she did just fine on her own.
Streisand will also appear on ABC’s GMA with Robin Roberts on Sept. 16 and The View on Sept. 17.