Is Barbra Streisand heading to Broadway? (Updated 6/5/14)
The legendary Barbra Streisand found herself in a rather public predicament recently when she seemed to be at odds with the LGBT community. Why? Because playwright Larry Kramer accused Streisand of keeping the cinematic rights to his work, "The Normal Heart," under lock and key for years.
Kramer alleged, among other things, that Streisand wouldn't allow a cinematic adaptation of his play to be made because she didn't care to see a "distasteful" love scene play between members of the same sex. The debate picked up steam following the release of "The Normal Heart" adaptation on HBO in late May, and Streisand finally felt compelled to issue a statement on her involvement with the original project. It said, in part:
"In the press, Larry kept speaking out about me (holding the rights to the play). But I think it's unfair to keep blaming me for the movie not getting made. I worked on it for 25 years, without pay. Larry had the rights for the last 15 years and couldn't get it made, either. Those are the facts… I will always believe in Larry's play and its powerful theme about everyone's right to love."
Now that the controversy is starting to die down, Streisand's name is being thrown around for another project. In a new interview director Fred Schepisi revealed new details about the forthcoming big screen edition of the Tony Award-winning musical "The Drowsy Chaperone." He says he is considering Streisand for a role, along with actors Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathway.
The "Original Diva" (Created July 26, 2013)
Barbra Streisand has often been called "The Original Diva," and there's good reason. She is one of the most successful singers of her generation, and one of the very few who climbed the ranks of the entertainment industry using nothing more than her vocal skills to achieve success.
Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Streisand was a struggling actress and nightclub singer before landing her first Broadway role in "I Can Get It for You Wholesale," in 1962. That cast album, as well as her appearance on a studio revival of "Pins and Needles," were her very first recordings – but they certainly wouldn't be her last.
It was "The Barbra Streisand Album" in 1963 that put this songstress in a spotlight that would simply grow bigger and bolder throughout her career. The album became a Top Ten, gold-selling record, and made Streisand not only one of the best-selling recording artists of the early '60s, but paved the way for 36 albums (and counting) spanning nearly 50 years. Among them was her first chart-topping LP, "People," "A Star is Born" in 1976 and recording success along the way with the likes of Neil Diamond and Donna Summer (just to name a few).
There isn't one thing, really, that Streisand hasn't done. She is a singer, songwriter, actress, author, film producer and director. Her haul includes two Oscars, eight Grammys, five Emmys, a Tony Award, a Peabody and a Kennedy Center Honors award. She is one of the rare artists to achieve number-one albums in five consecutive decades, and even her last project (2012's compilation "Release Me") landed in the Top Ten.
Barbra Releasing New Album, Tour Rumors Swirl
Barbra Streisand has a new album of duets on the way, and with a release date set for September 16 rumors are swirling that a lineup of tour dates are also on the way. Partners is only her second album exclusively comprised of duets, and this latest installment pairs her with strictly male artists including…Read more
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