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04 October 2006 :: 11:10:21 am 5535

Barbra Streisand returns to stage after 6 years

L.A - After 6 years of having said good bye to the stage. Babra returns to the stage today to launch her first proper concert tour in well over a decade, and the biggest of her career.
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 After six years of declaration that she was giving up live performances. This will be only the second national tour by Streisand, launched a Grammy-winning recording career and won her first Oscar in the 1968 musical “Funny Girl.” 

            She has confirmed that she was able to over come the stage fright that made her a virtual stranger to the concert circuit for years, Streisand, 64, says her returned was motivated mainly by her desire to raise money for her favorite charities. The money will be distributed through her own philanthropic foundation. “That‘s the main reason I‘m going back on the road now,” she said.
            A source revealed that Streisand plans to hand out $10 million from this tour donating to environmental research, education and health issues. The former President Bill Clinton‘s Climate Change Initiative would be the first to receive $ 1 million. 

            She is expecting on profit that could gross up to $90 million at the box office for this latest performance. Hoping to sell out 16,000 seats on the opening night at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. Ticket is selling at an average of $275, with individual seats ranging from $100 to $750, said tour‘s promoters. 

            Live performances by Streisand are rare, and she has many devoted fans, most of whom came of age at the height of her popularity in the 1960s and ‘70s, when songs like “The Way We Were,” “People” and “Evergreen” were hits. Sources said that ” we don‘t get a lot of chances of see Barbra Streisand live. 

            She doesn‘t tour very frequently at all, and when she does, it‘s a limited engagement.” Streisand is America‘s biggest-selling female recording star of all time, with a U.S. sales tally of 71 million albums. Her latest release, last year‘s “Guilty Pleasures,” became her 50th gold-certified album.Winning an Academy Award for her 1968 film debut as Fanny Brice in the musical “Funny Girl” (she tied the Oscar vote for best actress that year with Katharine Hepburn in “The Lion in Winter”), Streisand also has a raft of Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards to her credit. 

            Yet her career as a live performer to date spans only about 70 concerts. Her last real tour in 1993-94 sold out 22 dates with ticket prices as high as $350. It grossed nearly $60 million and was widely credited with shattering the glass ceiling on concert prices, according to Billboard. In September 2000 she held 4 concerts as her farewell to live performing. 

            She said then that she wanted to spend more time with her actor-husband James Brolin, whom she married in 1998. Streisand will be joined on her comeback tour by the classical-pop vocal quartet Il Divo, who will perform separately as well as provide backing vocals on some numbers, though Streisand has stressed she will open the shows herself. 

            She also has said the upcoming concerts, while being held in arena-size venues, would feature less elaborate staging than in the past. She will be accompanied by a 58-piece orchestra for shows that blend her best-known hits with songs she has never performed in public.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Entertainment News

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